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NBC: Journalism Or Distortion?

NBC: Journalism or Distortion?
Sean has declared numerous times that the traditional news media is dead. On Monday's show Sean specifically referenced NBC News’ coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting. 911 calls have been released of when George Zimmerman, Trayvon's shooter, had called the police prior to his confrontation with Martin. NBC News has been covering the story but has eliminated some of the audio, arguably crossing the line of ethical journalism, given the cries of racism, bounties on Zimmerman's head, and celebrities trying to publicize Zimmerman's address so that retribution can be sought. Viewers watching NBC's coverage will clearly see and hear George Zimmerman tell the 911 dispatcher that the kid looks "up to no good" and "looks black."Those statements together can easily portray Zimmerman's suspicion was racially motivated. Tell us what you think. Was NBC News" handling of the phone call done with journalistic integrity, and does hearing both the shortened and long versions of Zimmerman's phone call with the 911 dispatcher change your opinion? Click here to give us your opinion and to listen to NBC's altered 911 call.

Romney, Ryan Talk Endorsement, Economy
For some the 2012 Republican dream ticket would be Mitt Romney and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Both men joined Sean from Wisconsin and discussed the economy as well as Ryan's recent endorsement of Romney. Ryan has always been razor focused on reducing our nation's debt, and reaffirmed his commitment to doing so when he spoke with Sean. "If we don't deal with these drivers of our debt, then these programs go bankrupt. And then the promises that were made to current seniors, they become broken promises. We need to reform these programs if we are going to save these programs, and if we are going to get rid of this debt that is plaguing our economy. Our debt is bigger than our economy today and it's getting worse and it's going to crash our economy, if we allowed us to continue on the same glide path that we are on today," Ryan explained.

Can't Is Not an Option

Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina joined Sean in the show's last hour to discuss her new book, "Can't Is Not An Option, My American Story." Haley told Sean that decades before she surprised the nation by becoming governor of South Carolina, her parents had a dream. Ajit and Raj Randhawa were well-educated, well-off Sikhs in the Punjab region of India. But despite their high social status, the Randhawas wanted more for their family-the opportunities that only America could offer. The family struggled to make ends meet while starting a clothing business in their living room, eventually growing it into a multimillion- dollar success. After graduating from college and entering the business world, she watched business owners like her parents battle government bureaucracy and over-regulation. Her frustration inspired her to get into politics and run for the state legislature. Haley's story, as told firsthand in this inspiring memoir, is a testament to the power of determination, faith, and family. And it's proof that the American Dream is still strong and true in the twenty- first century. For more information about Nikki Haley's new book please click here.

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Nikki Haley

Nikki Randhawa Haley was elected the 116th Governor of South Carolina on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. One of the strongest fiscal conservatives in state government, Nikki was first elected to represent the 87th District in Lexington County in 2004, when, as a virtual unknown, she beat the longest serving state legislator in a Republican primary. In 2008, Representative Haley was sent back to the Statehouse with 83 percent of the vote - the highest percentage earned by any lawmaker facing a contested South Carolina election that year. She won the Republican Party nomination for governor on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Her time in Columbia has been marked by conservative leadership and an unwavering commitment to the taxpayers’ bottom line. She has fought wasteful spending at every turn, pushed for smaller, more efficient government, and led the fight for accountability and transparency that, before her arrival, was sorely lacking in the Legislature. For her efforts to cut... More >

Rick Santorum

Richard John "Rick" Santorum (born May 10, 1958) is a former United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Santorum is a member of the Republican Party and was the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. Santorum is considered both a social and fiscal conservative. He is particularly known for his stances on the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Social Security, intelligent design, homosexuality, and the Terri Schiavo case. In March 2007, Santorum joined the law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. He was to primarily practice law in the firm’s Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offices, where he was to provide business and strategic counseling services to the firm's clients. In addition to his work with the firm, Santorum also serves as a Senior Fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and was a contributor to Fox News Channel. Santorum is a prospective presidential candidate in 2012. He formed a presidential... More >