ProPublica Reporters Discuss Their Articles
July 2, 12:02 p.m.: This post has been updated.
Just how it is that a major manufacturing corporation was able to use loopholes in the regulatory system to get bailout funds that were originally targeted for banks? Was it OK for a senator’s staff to contact a federal regulatory agency that could provide assistance to a bank in which he has the bulk of his personal wealth? And is the Obama administration going to circumvent Congress and assert the power of the executive branch to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely? These questions and more will be answered in separate interviews today with Jeff Gerth, Paul Kiel and Dafna Linzer.
Jeff Gerth will be on “The Leonard Lopate Show” at 1:45 p.m. EST to talk about his report “How a Loophole Benefits General Electric in Bank Rescue.” Paul Kiel will speak with Stuart Varney on Fox Business between 1 and 2 p.m. EST about his article “After Call From Senator Inouye’s Office, Small Hawaii Bank Got U.S. Aid.” And Dafna Linzer will join host Warren Olney on “To The Point” to explain her piece “White House Is Drafting Executive Order to Allow Indefinite Detention.” Click on the programs to find out how you can listen or watch in your area.
Update: A previous version of this post asked, “Was it OK for a senator to allow his staff to contact a federal regulatory agency that could provide assistance to a bank in which he has the bulk of his personal wealth?” Sen. Daniel Inouye’s response to ProPublica did not address the question of whether he knew at the time that his staff had made the call.
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