October 23 2009 show notes

  • Guests:
  • Topics:
    • "Brunch With Bernie".
    • 'Anything Goes' Friday.
  • Bumper Music:
  • Today's newsletter has details of today's guests and links to the major stories and alerts that Thom covered in the show, plus lots more. If you haven't signed up for the free newsletter yet, please do. If you missed today's newsletter, it is in the archive.
  • Quote: "Quote: There is some magic in wealth, which can thus make persons pay their court to it, when it does not even benefit themselves. How strange it is, that a fool or knave, with riches, should be treated with more respect by the world, than a good man, or a wise man in poverty." -- Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho, 1764.
  • Article: Roger Ailes for president in 2012? by Amanda Terkel.

    "Ailes knows how to frame an issue better anybody and that’s what we need now,” says one Ailes friend who is encouraging him to run. Frank Luntz, for one, tells Playbook that Ailes could be a force if does it. “I have known Roger Ailes for 29 years,” says Luntz. “No one knows how to win better than Roger.” "

  • Article: An Aunt With an Attitude by Scott Norvell, June 4, 2005, London bureau chief for Fox News Channel.

    "Even we at Fox News manage to get some lefties on the air occasionally, and often let them finish their sentences before we club them to death and feed the scraps to Karl Rove and Bill O'Reilly. And those who hate us can take solace in the fact that they aren't subsidizing Bill's bombast; we payers of the BBC license fee don't enjoy that peace of mind."

  • Article: The White House versus Fox News.

    "Fox’s tagline is “fair and balanced”. This appears to upset the White House. Some US columnists, an irrepressibly self-righteous breed, regard it as a particular provocation. Surely, it is just a joke. It calls to mind the byline on a memorable front-page story in the Sun newspaper, a British sister property of Fox News, opining on the European Union. “Up Yours, Delors,” said the headline—“by our Diplomatic Correspondent”. Fair and balanced, Fox News insists: give the channel credit for sheer nerve."

  • Article: Pay Method Said to Sway Drug Choices of Oncologists by Reed Abelson, March 8, 2006.

    "The way cancer doctors are paid may influence the choice of drugs they use in chemotherapy, a study published yesterday has concluded.

    Payment methods do not seem to affect whether doctors favor chemotherapy over other treatments, the study's authors said. But once they decide to use chemotherapy, the current payment system appears to prompt some doctors to use more expensive drugs, the study found.

    "Providers who were more generously reimbursed," the authors wrote, "prescribed more costly chemotherapy regimens to metastatic breast, colorectal and lung cancer patients." "

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