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This Week: Veil of Secrecy
This Week
December 12, 2003


This week on NOW:

In a NOW investigation with U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, David Brancaccio examines the government's actions to limit access to information about issues from toxic pollutants to airline and auto safety--leaving them hidden from public scrutiny. The broadcast looks at how, in an era in which homeland security is imperative, government transparency has been diminished, leaving the public--and democracy--at risk.

Pulitzer prize-winning writer Dorothy Rabinowitz's work has spanned a wide range of topics. She currently serves as editorial board member, political writer and culture critic for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. Prior to joining the Journal, Rabinowitz was a freelance writer for a variety of publications, including COMMENTARY, HARPER'S, and NEW YORK magazine. Most recently, Rabinowitz published NO CRUELER TYRANNIES: ACCUSATION, FALSE WITNESS, AND OTHER TERRORS OF OUR TIMES. She has also had a range of opinions on Bill Moyers works and joins him on NOW to talk about bias in the media and what's in the news.

Bill Moyers talks to New York Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, a man on the frontlines of the widening US mutual fund industry probe. Recently, Spitzer's office has been investigating and bringing charges against several Wall Street companies and individuals for trade abuses and irregularities, calling his findings a "cesspool." Spitzer discusses everything from his crusade for corporate reform to states' efforts to combat attempts to weaken the Clean Air Act.

In Depth

Top Secret

The Case of the Toxics Release Inventory

History of the Freedom of Information Act


Wall Street

State by State Freedom of Information Laws

Mutual Fund Scandal Primer


Woman reading newspaper
Checking in on Your Attorney General

Corporate Scandal and Reform

Researching Foreign Press Online


Discussion



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Resources

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Credits

Veil of Secrecy
Producer: Peter Meryash
Correspondent: David Brancaccio
Editor: Alison Amron


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