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Feb
27
2015

Nazgol Ghandnoosh on Criminal Justice Racism, Stephanie Simon on Pearson

Pearson as Pacman

Eliminating racism in criminal justice is about more than what's in a cop's mind. Plus: How does a company like Pearson dominate the market for educational testing with little or no evidence that its products are effective?

Feb
20
2015

Marjorie Cohn on ISIS AUMF, Laura Flanders on Worker Co-Ops

Obama (image: NBC News)

Would an Authorization of Use of Military Force actually make attacks against ISIS legal? And are such attacks really the solution to the crisis? Plus we'll discuss a different way of organizing work in our increasingly unequal society.

Feb
19
2015

Op-Ed on Venezuela Slips Past NYT Factcheckers

Caracas protests (photo: Meredith Kohut/NYT)

A February 15, 2015, New York Times op-ed on Venezuela by Enrique Krauze includes numerous false statements and errors, which should have been caught by the Times' factcheckers.

Feb
13
2015

James Henry on HSBC, Mary Bottari on Scott Walker

HSBCProtest

HSBC is a recidivist criminal actor, so how exactly is it still the second-biggest commercial bank in the world? Plus: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget called for the evisceration of the central philosophy guiding the state's university system.

Feb
06
2015

Craig Aaron on FCC Reclassification, Kimberle Crenshaw on Black Girls Matter

FCC chair Tom Wheeler (photo: Brendan Smialowski/etty Images

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The head of the FCC has just announced new rules protecting the openness of the Internet. The vote is still weeks away, but if agency chair Tom Wheeler's proposal goes through, it would mean real Net Neutrality, maintaining the even playing field that makes the Internet what it is. And it would be a landmark victory for regular folks over industry titans. We'll talk about what it all means with Craig Aaron of the group Free Press. Also on the show: The Black Lives Matter movement has put a spotlight on real-world racism in […]

Jan
30
2015

Mark Weisbrot on Greek Elections, Amanda Marcotte on Abortion & Congress

Change Greece, Change Europe (Photo: Uwe Hiksch)

We'll talk to Mark Weisbrot about the Greek elections: Could it be that what elite media fear isn’t that Syriza will fail—but that it might succeed? And Amanda Marcotte on how shallow cover of abortion and the new Congress threatens women's rights.

Jan
28
2015

The Super Bowl Windfall Myth

Why media fall for sports industry's bogus economic claims

Super Bowl billboard in Times Square

With Super Bowl Sunday approaching, expect plenty of media reports on the projected economic windfall for host city Glendale, Arizona. Last year, when the NFL announced that its big game would provide a $600 million boost to the New York/New Jersey economy, that figure promptly became a fixture in news coverage of the event (CNN, 1/24/14; Newsday, 1/22/14; FoxNews.com, 5/21/14). In one typical article, the New York Daily News (1/20/14) reported that city business owners were scurrying to grab a piece of the Super Bowl pie, quoting a local limo-service owner: “Nothing comes close to this. Everyone in New York […]

Jan
26
2015

Saudi Dictator's Death Shows NYT as Pawn of Power

Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded 'sorcerers,' was 'force of moderation'

New York Times Abdullah Obit

"This is a sad day," remarked Secretary of State John Kerry (State Department, 1/22/15) over the death of Abdullah, the dictator of Saudi Arabia. "The United States has lost a friend," he continued, and "the world has lost a revered leader." The monarch--whose regime routinely flogs dissenters and beheads those guilty of "sorcery"--was, in Kerry's words, "a man of wisdom and vision" (BBC, 1/22/15; 6/19/12). Vice President Joe Biden (White House, 1/22/15) announced that he "will be leading a presidential delegation representing the United States to pay our respects." President Barack Obama himself fawned over the late autocrat: "I always […]