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Oct
01
2014

Extra! October 2014

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Articles Available Only to Subscribers:   SoundBites Race Lens #FTP Film Tha Police Communities of color use media to protect themselves by Josmar Trujillo CounterSpin Interview 'The Black Voice is in Jeopardy' Malkia Cyril on Ferguson Both Sides Now Plans to ease poverty don't have to work--so long as they're bipartisan by Neil deMause NYT  Fails First Test of New Torture Policy Paper says it will call it what it is--when it reports on it all by Peter Hart Official Sources May be the Only Sources Risen case tests reporters' power to reveal government wrongdoing by Lauren McCauley   To […]

Oct
01
2014

Who Rules Public TV?

Corporate sector overwhelmingly dominates public TV governing boards

David Koch, PBS

The corporate and financial sectors have an overwhelming presence on the governing boards of major public television stations.

Oct
01
2014

Michael Brown Had a Father

But will Ferguson shift media ideas on ‘fixing’ black men?

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Corporate reporters, in the main, saw little to question the idea that the fundamental problem facing men of color is “broken” families in need of a dominant male and that entrenched socio-economic disparities could be meaningfully addressed without systemic change.

Sep
26
2014

FAIR TV: September 26, 2014

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Sep
26
2014

Laurie Garrett on Ebola Crisis, Anne Petermann on Climate March

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This week on CounterSpin: The current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is unprecedented in its scale. But while some media focus on experimental vaccines, health experts say we ought to be talking about fundamental inequities in basic healthcare delivery. We'll talk about ebola with Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Also on the show: The largest environmental march ever brought hundreds of thousands into New York City streets, but the People's Climate Watch was mostly ignored by the media. As was its companion action, Flood Wall Street, which targeted corporations behind climate instability with civil disobedience. Is the people's voice on climate change being ignored by the corporate media just as it's been ignored by corporate backed governments? We'll speak with Anne Petermann, director of the Global Justice Ecology Project, and the Climate-Connections blog.

Sep
22
2014

Climate Crisis? That's Not News

Sunday chat shows skip People's Climate March

What People's Climate March coverage looked like on Democracy Now!

Hundreds of thousands filled the streets of New York for the People's Climate March. But some big corporate media outlets didn't seem to think that was news.

Sep
19
2014

Noam Chomsky in the New York Times!*

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Okay, there's a catch--it was on the letters page. Still, it was a surprise to see Noam Chomsky's name in the Newspaper of Record. In a joint letter from Howard Friel and Chomsky's longtime co-author Edward Herman, readers were exposed to an argument mostly unheard in the media frenzy for military strikes in Iraq and Syria: Such strikes are illegal under the United Nations charter. US media don't spend much time dwelling on the requirements of international law, which is why the letter was so important. As the press pushes for more war, FAIR wants to be here to fight […]

Sep
19
2014

Raed Jarrar on Iraq & ISIS, Robert Weissman on Democracy for All

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This week on CounterSpin: "We have no choice," CBS's Bob Schieffer told viewers, calling for US military attacks on the extremist group ISIS, because "this evil must be eradicated." Though the shouts of warmongers may make them hard to hear, we do have choices – choices more likely to lead to longterm peace in Iraq and Syria than dropping bombs. We'll hear from Raed Jarrar, policy impact coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee.

Also on the show: In response to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, there's a grassroots movement to amend the Constitution to try to curtail the influence of big money in politics. But it's not getting much sympathy from the press-- the AP says it's an election year stunt, and pundits like George Will call it an attack on free speech. Robert Weissman of Public Citizen will join us to talk about the Democracy for All amendment.