Magazine article New Internationalist

Enronvision and Trade Terriers [PBS Airs the Commanding Heights While Rejecting the Money Lenders and George W Bush's Verbal Gaffs]

Magazine article New Internationalist

Enronvision and Trade Terriers [PBS Airs the Commanding Heights While Rejecting the Money Lenders and George W Bush's Verbal Gaffs]

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Enronvision

Media-watch group FAIR points out that US public-service broadcaster PBS stringently rejects documentaries from biased or 'self-interested' sources. It refused to air The Money Lenders, a 1993 documentary on the World Bank, on the grounds that: 'Even though the documentary may seem objective to some, there is a perception of bias in favor of poor people who claim to be adversely affected.'

Fortunately there is no such unsporting 'bias in favour of poor people' in the latest globalization documentary on PBS. Settle down with some popcorn to watch The Commanding Heights, the thrilling tale of the irresistible rise of the glorious global free market - brought to you by BP, FedEx and collapsed energy giant Enron, who all funded the documentary.

Trade Terriers

Everyone has their favourite George W Bush story. Seriously recalls the time Bush caused panic-selling of the Japanese currency by discussing 'devaluation' of the yen (he meant 'deflation'). Doh!

And who could fail to be taken with Bush's vivid global trade metaphors when he conflated 'tariffs' and 'barriers' into 'terriers'. …

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