The Weekly Wrap-Up: Beer and Health Care

Friday, July 31, 2009

For The Takeaway's weekly wrap-up we talk about two stories that dominated the headlines all week—health care and beer. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden sat down with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sergeant James Crowley for a beer at the White House to try and settle their differences. And a new health care deal got closer to passing through Congress this week, but it won’t happen before the recess as the president had hoped. Here to analyze the week’s events is The Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich, and Callie Crossley, media analyst at Harvard University and media critic for Meet The Press on WGBH Boston.

Guests:

Callie Crossley and Todd Zwillich

Hosted by:

Amy Holmes

Contributors:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

Joyce Vaughn

No sooner than you ask the question of whether the media has focused too much attention on this so-called "beer summit," do you answer by giving us an ordinary joe telling us where he was when the beer moment happened. I have turned you off. I do not want to start my day with this feeling of helplessness. I, for one, am tired of the cynicism and drivel that comes across the airwaves along with every political news situation.

One of the reasons we can't get a handle on the debate in Washington over health care reform is because many in our news media (that's you) don't take it seriously enough. Pick your topic of the day and explore it - with depth with as many varied opinions as you can. I can take a joke (even at 6 am) as well as the next person, but your show isn't being funny, it's setting up zingers for JH; and I'm thinking of switching my alarm to AM820. conversation in the morning if it's not dripping with drivel

Jul. 31 2009 06:44 AM

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