Apr
24
2014

TPP TV Blackout

A big controversy that isn't news--but look what is...

The TV networks don't think the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is newsworthy. But look at what they do think is worth covering....

Apr
18
2014

Adam Gaffney on Obamacare Costs; Astra Taylor on 'The People's Platform'

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This week on CounterSpin: It's an understatement to say that media characterizations of the Affordable Care Act vary wildly. But so much analysis is devoted to political football, when health insurance is an issue calling out for news people can use. We'll talk about coverage with Adam Gaffney, a physician and writer at theprogressivephysician.org.

Also on the show: It wasn't that long ago that many people believed the Internet would be a kind of utopia; today many still hold that if only everyone had a way to get on line, it could be a truly democratic town square. A new book interrogates that idea, and shows how in many ways the net is anything but revolutionary. It's called The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. We'll speak with author Astra Taylor.

Apr
15
2014

Can White People Be Terrorists?

How media label Kansas shooting suspect

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The man accused of shooting and killing three people at Jewish community centers in Kansas has a long history as a right-wing terrorist. So why won't media call him a terrorist?

Apr
11
2014

Phyllis Bennis on Afghan Elections, Alfie Kohn on The Myth of the Spoiled Child

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CBS told viewers the recent presidential election in Afghanistan was a major victory for the US military. The idea that 12 years of war and occupation have gifted that country with peace and stability is shaping up as the line of the day in US media. Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies has a different take.

And author Alfie Kohn talks about his new provocative new book, "The Myth of the Spoiled Child," which argues that much of the conventional wisdom about children and parenting is just wrong.

Apr
04
2014

Ralph Nader on GM, Liz Kennedy on McCutcheon

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As GM executive Mary Barra takes a grilling in a congressional hearing over dangerous defects in the company's Chevy Cobalt, we talk General Motors with Ralph Nader. And if you thought the problem of money in politics couldn't get worse after the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling--meet McCutcheon,

Mar
28
2014

Jodi Jacobson on Hobby Lobby, Kate Sheppard on Oil Spills

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The Supreme Court hears the Hobby Lobby case, which is about women's health, reproductive rights and claims of religious freedom--and one more front in the right's battle against the Affordable Care Act. And 25 years after the Exxon Valdez disaster, the Sound is still not fully recovered, and spills are still in the news.

Mar
21
2014

Washington Post Gets Iran Nukes Wrong--Again

Paper claims a 'march towards weapons'

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In a March 20 article about a Hillary Clinton speech, the Washington Post reported that Iran is marching towards nuclear weapons--repeating an error the Post has had to correct at least two times already.

Mar
21
2014

Sarah Jaffe on NY Charter Schools, Carla Murphy on FCC Diversity Study

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Coverage of the "tug of war" between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo over charter schools tells us more about political alliances than it does about education. And what's the real story behind the right's claim that the White House was planning to send government monitors into newsrooms?