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Dec
19
2014

David Dayen on Citibank and Cromnibus, Ladd Everitt on Gun Control

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Progressive Democrats launched an unexpected attack on a Congressional spending bill, leaving some pundits complaining once more about nasty Beltway polarization. But legislators were trying to do something substantive: Stop an attempt to roll back an important part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. Journalist David Dayen will join us to explain what was at stake.

Also this week: It was two years ago that 10 first graders and 6 adults were killed by a troubled young man with an assault rifle. Media were transfixed by the disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but did it affect the way they report on gun control? We'll talk about guns and the press with Ladd Everitt, communications director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

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
05
2014

FAIR TV: December 5, 2014

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Dec
01
2014

Extra! December 2014

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Race Lens Forgetting Ferguson Mainstream media move on from a movement by Josmar Trujillo The 'Center' Always Holds After midterm losses, media--of course--advise Dems to move right By Peter Hart and Jim Naureckas CounterSpin Interview 'There Really Is No Recovery' Richard Wolff on the state of the economy Pro-Remorse Pundits Supporting abortion--as long as women feel bad about it by Katha Pollitt Still Killing the Messenger A feature film prompts a new round of attacks on Gary Webb by Peter Hart

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.