Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Today on the Signorile Show

Confederate History Month? The new right-wing Republican governor of Virgina not only declared April Confederate History Month; he decided not to include any anti-slavery language in the proclamation, as a previous right-wing Republican governor had, because the Civil War only "involved" slavery, which he doesn't think was "significant" for Virgina. The Washington Post reports: "McDonnell said Tuesday that the move was designed to promote tourism in the state, which next year will mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the war. McDonnell said he did not include a reference to slavery because 'there were any number of aspects to that conflict between the states. Obviously, it involved slavery. It involved other issues. But I focused on the ones I thought were most significant for Virginia.'" What kind a tourism is McDonnell looking to bring in? Is a PlantationLand theme park in the works? We will discuss!

We took many outraged calls on the show yesterday about CNN's interview with an "ex-gay" so-called "expert". CNN responded to the "ex-gay" segment yesterday by saying the network is trying to get "all sides," of the supposed discussion, as if this entire issue is debatable. We'll no doubt take more calls about this today.

W-T-F.C.C?! Yesterday, we told you about a decision handed down bay federal appeals court in favor of Comcast over the FCC, saying that the cable giant could block or slow down traffic to websites and charging more for faster service. There is a chance that Congress could create legislation to give the F.C.C. regulatory authority over the internet, but conservatives would argue against giving more power to a government agency. And what does this mean for President Obama's pledge to spread broadband access around the country? We'll talk about the ruling today.

Are books, at least as bound page-turners, coming to an end? With the release of Apples iPad, is print on the verge of becoming obsolete? According to Mark Sussman of the NYTimes, "Apple is joining Amazon and other makers of e-readers in an effort to overturn the 500-year-old model of book publishing." We'll discuss this afternoon.

According to updated figures by the government, there were drops in the birthrate across America. Many think the recession was the cause of of many putting family life on hold, although this isn't a definite answer. Did you put off starting a family because of the economy? We want to hear from you on this today.

Guest / 3:30pm EST - Art Brodsky, communications director with Public Knowledge, a public interest group helping to define and defend the rights of people on emerging mediums, joins us this afternoon to talk about whats next for the FCC in the fight for net neutrality.

Guest / 4:30pm EST - K.M. Soehnlein, author of Robin And Ruby, joins us to talk about his latest book, the first time he is writing about the 80's and how, as an author, he deals with the panic a young gay man would feel.

Please make sure your tray tables are up and your wallets are out. Spirit Airlines will now be the first airline to start charging for carry-on luggage. Will you pay up or fly elsewhere? Will other airlines, many who already charge for baggage already, follow the lead and start charging for anything that is stowed in the overhead compartment? We'll talk about this as well.

All this and more, today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show!

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