Spoiled Brat Disease, Drone King Crashes Wedding, 60 Minutes’ NSA Infomercial
On this episode of “Breaking the Set,” Abby Martin discusses the scandalous case of Ethan Couch, a 16-year-old boy who killed four people while drunk driving, yet received 10 years of probation after suggesting he suffered from “affluenza,” a disease in which rich people are not accountable for their own actions. Abby talks about the corporate media’s incessant coverage of the sign language interpreter at Mandela’s memorial service, instead of talking about more pressing issues – such as the state of mental health services in the US or the recent drone strike in Yemen that led to the country banning US drones. Abby then speaks with Phyllis Bennis with the Institute for Policy Studies, about the flooding of Gaza and the effects of the ongoing blockade that has come to characterize the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. Abby then speaks with president and founder of the Small Business League, Lloyd Chapman, about a trillion dollars in federal contracts that went to Fortune 500 companies instead of the small businesses they were mandated for. BTS wraps up the show with a look at a “60 Minutes” exposé that was more like an NSA infomercial than a news report.