NOW Home Page
Politics & Economy
Science & Health
Arts & Culture
Society & Community
TV Schedule
For Educators
Topic Index
This Week: Scrutiny
This Week
April 23, 2004

This week on NOW:

As the American and British governments pointed to the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) to make a case for war with Iraq, some say the American media took the government at its word and didn't dig deep enough to uncover the truth behind the intelligence claims. In Britain, a news report accusing the Blair government of inflating evidence of WMDs erupted into a scandal that shook the BBC, one of the most respected news organizations in the world, to its foundation. What can this battle between the British government and the BBC tell us about the dangers of political influence on independent journalism? Former BBC director general Greg Dyke, who left his post in the wake of the scandal, tells Bill Moyers that the government's "public relations machine" embellished intelligence documents to make the case for war. Dyke discusses the possible future of the BBC, which he fears could face a brutal fight over its government-issued charter.

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments to determine whether Vice President Cheney should be forced to produce documents revealing the energy industry insiders with which he consulted when writing the nation's energy policy. The Sierra Club and Judicial Watch, which brought the suit, allege that energy industry executives and lobbyists were in on the meetings while environmentalists were shut out. The resulting policy, some say, granted valuable favors to gas and oil industries while giving short shrift to the environment and renewable resources. David Brancaccio sits down with Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope to discuss the energy task force as well as get his thoughts on President Bush's environmental record. "The American people are still waiting to find out what happened behind closed doors when the administration met with polluting energy companies to form the nation's energy policy," said Pope recently.

This Sunday, hundreds of thousands of women's rights activists will band together at the nation's capitol for the March for Women's Lives. One woman standing up for women's rights is Kavita Ramdas, president and CEO of Global Fund for Women, the largest foundation in the world focused exclusively on women and girls. As leader of the Global Fund for Women, her work has supported women's human rights around the world, addressing such critical issues as economic independence, increasing girls' access to education and stopping violence against women. On Sunday, Ramdas will be at Women & Philanthropy's annual meeting where she will accept the distinguished 2004 LEAD (Leadership for Equity and Diversity) award. Ramdas sits down with David Brancaccio to talk about her work in women's rights and about the impact of US aid policy on women around the world.

In Depth

Prime Minister Tony Blair
Blair, Bush and the Press

Timeline of the Blair/BBC Battle

Who's Who in the Hutton Inquiry

Supreme Court

Former BBC Director General Greg Dyke

The Sierra Club's Carl Pope

Supreme Court Case: In re Richard Cheney

Election 2004: Environmental Issues

Cut-outs of women
Kavita Ramdas of the Global Fund for Women

Women and Work Worldwide

Women and Education Worldwide

Resources on the World of Women


Talk about the environment on the message boards.


Learn more about the issues discussed on NOW.

Read the complete transcript.

Streaming Video

[NOTE: RealPlayer is required to view NOW segments.]

Bill Moyers talks with Former BBC Director General Greg Dyke (19:43)

David Brancaccio talks with the Sierra Club's Carl Pope (15:43)

David Brancaccio talks with The Global Fund for Women's Kavita Ramdas (13:16)

about feedback pledge © Public Affairs Television. All rights reserved.
go to the full archive