Sep
12
2014

Four Myths About Obama's War on ISIS

A reluctant warrior intervenes against a threat to the homeland--or so we're told

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While Barack Obama's military plan to launch strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) might impress many pundits, there are some serious questions that should be asked--about the threat posed by the Islamic State and about some of the assumptions guiding the debate.

Sep
12
2014

Antonia Juhasz on BP Spill, Greg Grandin on the Economist and Slavery

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This week on CounterSpin: A judge has ruled BP was guilty of willful misconduct and gross negligence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people and dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. With Obama talking about expanding offshore drilling, you'd hope the media would take serious notice. We'll talk about what that would look like with Antonia Juhasz, author of Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill.

Also on the show: The Economist magazine recently apologized and retracted its review of 'The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,' a review that faulted the author for portraying whites as slavery's villains, and blacks as its victims. Yes. New York University history professor Greg Grandin will join us to talk about the Economist's slavery problem.

Sep
05
2014

David Kotz on Ukraine, Anya Schiffrin on 'Global Muckraking'

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This week on CounterSpin: As the fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, Russian president Putin has proposed a peace plan, and NATO is meeting to discuss Ukraine among other things. What are the prospects for peace and how is the press doing in helping us understand the events in Ukraine. We'll talk with University of Massachusettes professor David Kotz.

Also this week: Is this a golden age for investigative journalism? Anya Schiffrin has edited a new collection of global muckracking, and she seems some good news for journalism. She'll join us to explai

Sep
01
2014

Israel, Gaza and False Balance

Media construct a symmetry of violence where none exists

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Striving for a deceptive “balance,” US media miscast the devastating violence of Israel’s attacks on Gaza and obscured the lopsided nature of the death toll.

Sep
01
2014

A Shared Culture of Conflict of Interest

Elite media don’t see Human Rights Watch’s closeness to power as a problem

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Human Rights Watch's conflicts of interest contribute to a culture of normalizing and accommodating the extreme power that the United States arrogates to itself.

Aug
29
2014

Brian Jones on Teacher Tenure, Nikole Hannah-Jones on School Segregation

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This week on CounterSpin: A special back to school episode, with two interviews from this year that get at some of the thorniest issues around public education: The politics of teacher tenure and the de facto segregation of American schools. Our guests are writer and activist Brian Jones and Nikole Hannah-Jones of ProPublica.

Aug
28
2014

Labor Almost Invisible on TV Talk

Sunday chat shows skip worker representatives

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Have any labor leaders appeared on the Sunday chat shows this year? No, unless you count one reference to Ronald Reagan.

Aug
22
2014

Malkia Cyril on Ferguson, Jeff Cohen on James Risen

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This week on CounterSpin: The New York Times' David Carr says 'nothing much good was happening in Ferguson until it became a hashtag'. It's naïve to think that media attention to the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown is enough to address the crisis it represents, but Carr's not wrong that it was the internet and not corporate media that put the story on the front burner. We'll talk about Ferguson and media with Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice.

Also on the show: Will New York Times reporter James Risen go to jail for refusing to testify against a source? Risen's case is seen by many as a clear-cut example of how the Obama administration's war on whistleblowers is also a war on journalists and journalism. We'll talk to FAIR founder Jeff Cohen, director of the Park Center for Independent Media about the state of the case and the activist pushback.