Oct 30 2008

Do Elections Really Matter?

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jensenMore than 35,000 people attended a late night Florida rally to see Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton. Millions of people are estimated to have already voted early in states across the nation and turnout is already breaking previous records, especially among African Americans and young people. It is these demographics that Barack Obama’s campaign has especially reached out to, hoping to elect the nation’s first Black president. Yesterday, the Obama campaign aired a 30 minute paid advertisement on 7 major TV networks simultaneously in a final push to make his case for presidency. This presidential race has been the most expensive in the nation’s history. Meanwhile, the McCain-Palin camp has also been furiously getting their message out to voters, denouncing a new Obama ad critical of Palin, and challenging the LA Times to release a video of Obama attending a dinner where he praised Rashid Khalidi, a prominent Palestinian rights activist and scholar, who we’ve have on our program in the past. With just days left before the election, we have a conversation with Robert Jensen.

GUEST: Robert Jensen, Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of several books including The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege, and Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity

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  1. jkiferon 31 Oct 2008 at 4:26 am

    ATTENTION KPFK LISTENERS
    DUE TO THE MANY CRISES AS WELL AS THE CURRENT EMERGENCIES–THE 2008 GENERAL ELECTION HAS BEEN POSTPONED FOR ONE WEEK–
    PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CAST YOUR BALLOT ON THE SCHEDULED ELECTION DAY!