Dec
12
2014

Baher Azmy on Torture, Mel Goodman on Ashton Carter

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This week on CounterSpin: It's hard to think of a time when a free press is more necessary than when the public needs to know about crimes committed in our name. So the release of a Senate report on CIA torture is a test for US media. We'll talk about the report and the media response with Baher Azmy, legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Also this week: Ashton Carter will likely be the next Secretary of Defense. Press coverage tells us he's a Rhodes Scholar, a physicist, and an 'uber wonk.' But else should we know about him, and what does his selection mean for US military policy? Author and military analyst Mel Goodman will join us to discuss that.

Dec
10
2014

Equal Time for Torturers?

Networks grant CIA time to spin report

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The December 9 release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture prompted substantial media coverage. But the network newscasts seemed to be guided by the need to apply something like an "equal time" rule for the torturers.

Dec
05
2014

Lindsay Beyerstein on Rolling Stone Rape Controversy, Amitabh Pal on Bhopal

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What critics are missing about Rolling Stone's account of a shocking gang rape at the University of Virginia; and a report on the Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India, a crime that killed thousands that is far from over.

Dec
01
2014

Ebola Story Puts Old Fears in New Virus

Behind media obsession, a sad old story of poverty and priorities

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Ebola is less a story about a bizarre new disease and its unpredictably disastrous capacities, and more a sad old story about poverty and priorities.

Dec
01
2014

Having Their Hate and Defeating Dems Too

At Fox News Latino, immigrants go from target to target audience

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Fox News Channel pander to xenophobic white conservatives with fear-mongering about Latino immigrants, while Fox News Latino brings Latinos to the Republican Party with feel-good coverage of Latino conservatives.

Nov
28
2014

Maegan Ortiz on Immigration Action, Hannah Guzik on Fracking the Poor

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This week on CounterSpin: Obama's executive action on immigration has rightwing Republicans calling for impeachment, or at least censure, or at least defunding of any agencies involved in implementing it. So does that mean it's good? We'll hear from media maker and organizer Maegan Ortiz on what media's overwhelmingly inside the beltway framing leaves out.

Also this week: Fracking is often portrayed in the corporate media as many steps in the right direction: Energy independence, job creation, not to mention homeowners striking it rich. But a new investigation in In These Times magazine shows that poverty and drilling go hand in hand. We'll talk to journalist Hannah Guzik about environmental racism and the fight to find out the public health risks associated with fracking.

Nov
14
2014

No Debate and the New War

Study finds little opposition to US attacks on Iraq, Syria

Debate, corporate media style:  Two pro-war guests go at it.

In the run-up to the US military attacks in Iraq and Syria, US media presented almost no debate on whether the country should go to war.

Nov
06
2014

The 'Center' Always Holds

Media advise Dems to move to the right once more

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Corporate media always recommend Democrats move to the right after an election.