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Oct
20
2014

Official Sources May Be the Only Sources

Risen case tests reporters' power to reveal government wrongdoing

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James Risen's supporters fear that the US Department of Justice within the self-proclaimed “most transparent administration in history” is preparing to deliver a body blow to the First Amendment’s promise of press freedom.

Oct
17
2014

Richard Wolff on the State of the Economy

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This week on CounterSpin: In the past few years as some economic indicators have suggested a recovery is under way, US media have generally responded with celebratory reporting. But according to polls, Americans aren't so sure. According to a recent NBC poll just 18 percent say the economy is excellent or good. How can we best understand an economy that seems to be serving some but slighting others?

Today we'll feature a special extended interview with economic professor Richard Wolff on how to reconcile mixed messages about the health of the economy.

Oct
17
2014

FAIR TV: October 17, 2014

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Oct
10
2014

Settlements or Neighborhoods? NPR Takes Netanyahu's Side

By law, they're Israeli colonies, but NPR's guest calls them 'neighborhoods'

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NPR's Morning Edition takes a look at Israeli prime minister's misleading rhetoric about settlement expansion--but their only guest is an Israeli writer who agrees with him.

Oct
10
2014

Gary Webb & Kill the Messenger, Katha Pollitt on Abortion Rights

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This week on CounterSpin: The new film Kill the Messenger tells the story of investigative journalist Gary Webb, whose 1996 Dark Alliance series exposed links between drug traffickers and the US-backed Contras in Nicaragua. Prestige outlets like the New York Times devoted serious resources to going after Webb in an attempt to discredit his reporting. We'll go back to the CounterSpin archives to hear from Webb himself.

Also on the show: You might think you hear enough about abortion in the press. A new book says: We need to talk about abortion differently. PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights is the latest from author, poet and Nation columnist Katha Pollitt. We'll talk with her about reframing that conversation.

Oct
08
2014

Public TV: Where the One Percent Rule

Corporate sector overwhelmingly dominates public TV governing boards

A recent essay in Harper's (10/14) roiled the waters at PBS by arguing that public television is too often geared towards serving the "aging upper class: their tastes, their pet agendas, their centrist politics." Perhaps that's no surprise. A new FAIR study finds that the trustees of major public television stations are overwhelmingly drawn from the corporate sector. Out of 182 trustees surveyed on five station boards, 152--or 84 percent--have corporate backgrounds. Among these corporate-affiliated members, 138 are executives at elite businesses, while another 14 appear to be trustees because of their families' corporate-derived wealth. Seventy-five of the corporate-affiliated trustees […]

Oct
03
2014

Murtaza Hussain on Khorasan Group, Vijay Prashad on Narendra Modi

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This week on CounterSpin: When the US military attacks on Syria got underway, there was a sudden shift in the coverage: We weren't just bombing the Islamic State, but something called the Khorasan Group. But who are they and how come no one had ever heard of them before? We'll talk to reporter Murtaza Hussain of the Intercept about that.

Also this week: Indian prime minister Narendra Modi received a royal welcome when he arrived in the US for a visit on September 26. For a republic, it's always been a little strange how the US treats foreign heads of states like royalty, but with his controversial past and politics, Modi's treatment was even more curious than most. We'll talk with Trinity College history professor Vijay Prashad about Modi's American reception.

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 […]