The Big Picture: Episode 9

Bailed out companies are bailing out political candidates this midterm election with tax payer money. And they are being very generous! In this show Thom talks about those very companies which include GM, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs. Then right-wing billionaires David and Charles Koch, the same Koch brothers of the $120 billion dollar conglomerate Koch Industries, held a secret election-planning meeting in June with powerful executives. In attendance were so-called "objective" right-wing journalists. Thom debates with Dan Gainor, VP of the Business and Media Institute about big money muting voices of the middle class. Plus, as the mainstream media hypes up the rise of Republicans, the Democrats are the ones with the real momentum. Thom talks to Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America about the swing in momentum. Also, Wikileaks released thousands more classified documents about the Iraq War. Thom talks with Iraq Veteran Josh Stieber about his plea to Congress to handle the news properly.