Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future, has a post up at the Blog for Our Future urging progressives to raise hell about CNN’s decision to give four hours of free airtime to Pete Peterson’s “I.O.U.S.A.,” regarded by progressive economists as shameless “deficit hysteria,” according to Hickey. As Hickey explains,
Whose voices will be shut out this weekend?
The nation’s leading economists who are urging our government to use deficits today to invest in long-term prosperity – such as Paul Krugman, James Galbraith and Dean Baker.
The fiscal experts who have repeatedly said Social Security is sound and broader health care reform will protect Medicare.
All of you who voted for an active government to invest in our future.
While you are kept silent, who does CNN give the microphone to?
A multimillionaire Wall Street mogul who wants our government to slash investments while millions are losing their jobs. This guy had no problem taking tax cuts for the wealthy that caused our deficit problems – and his Wall St buddies crashed the economy.
Time is short, but Hickey is urging progressives to “demand CNN give equal time to defenders of Social Security, Medicare and public investment,” all of which will be taking a heavy pummeling in Peterson’s flick and the subsequent televised discussion about it. As Hickey says, “We already have a cable news network that does that. We don’t need another unfair, unbalanced channel.” Hickey links to a handy protest form to send to CNN courtesy of The Campaign for America’s Future.