Search Results for: Ben Bagdikian

Aug 30 2012

Recommended Reading

Note: FAIR encourages readers to support their local independent booksellers. However, if books mentioned on our site are not available in your area, we offer the ability to purchase some books online in association with the book’s publisher, and Powell’s Books. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women By Susan Faludi (Crown, 1991) An in-depth, well-documented analysis of the media backlash against feminism. By Invitation Only: How the Media Limit Public DebateBy David Croteau and William Hoynes (Common Courage, 1994) Incorporates Croteau and Hoynes’ classic studies of Nightline, the NewsHour and PBS that document the establishment bias of "prestige" television. […]

Aug 30 2012


About | Current Shows | Program Archives | Find a Station | Podcast Bring CounterSpin to Your Station “You should tune in to CounterSpin, the program that sees things and says things about the media you’ll see no place else.” —Ben Bagdikian, author of The Media Monopoly CounterSpin is FAIR’s weekly radio show, hosted by Janine Jackson. It’s heard on more than 150 noncommercial stations across the United States and Canada. Click on the Map to find where CounterSpin is playing near you. CounterSpin provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media […]

Nov 1 2011

But You Didn’t Hear It From…Anyone

Anonymity abuse in the corporate press

It’s hardly necessary for a critic to argue that the country’s major daily newspapers, the New York Times and Washington Post, routinely ignore their stated principles on anonymous sources (however vague such standards may be to begin with), the outlets make the case so vividly themselves. The New York Times rules state, for instance, that anonymity is “reserved for situations in which the newspaper could not otherwise print information it considers reliable and newsworthy,” and “should not be invoked for a trivial comment, or to make an unremarkable comment appear portentous” (“Confidential News Sources Policy,” Times readers, nonetheless, regularly […]

Oct 1 2011

Media Monopoly Revisited

The 20 corporations that dominate our information and ideas

The introduction of the original 1983 edition of The Media Monopoly, Ben Bagdikian’s classic investigation of media consolidation, concluded: “When 50 men and women, chiefs of their corporations, control more than half the information and ideas that reach 220 million Americans, it is time for Americans to examine the institutions from which they receive their daily picture of the world.” When the second edition was released in 1987, the number of people controlling half the media was down to 26. By 1993, as the last edition went to print, the number had fallen to 20. To arrive at these alarming […]

Jun 12 2009

Phyllis Bennis on Obama’s Cairo speech, Jonathan Tasini on the Boston Globe/GM


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Barack Obama has either been currying favor with Muslims or extending an olive branch in the Middle East depending on which media you consume. We’ll talk with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies about Obama’s major speech in Cairo, and the size of the gap between words and actions. Also on the show: The Boston Globe says it will impose a 23 percent wage cut on its employees on June 14. This is needed, says the Globe’s parent New York Times Company, because that paper is losing money. But is there more […]

Jun 1 2006

‘Wall Street Does Not Like Newspapers’

CounterSpin Interview with Ben Bagdikian

In the latest media concentration story, the McClatchy newspaper chain, which currently owns 12 dailies, is buying out the larger Knight Ridder chain and its 32 newspapers. McClatchy has announced that it will immediately resell 12 of the Knight Ridder dailies, including such venerated newspapers as the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Jose Mercury News. For a look at what the McClatchy/Knight Ridder story means for journalism and the media business, CounterSpin turned to Ben Bagdikian, dean emeritus of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism and author of the landmark book The Media Monopoly, now in its seventh edition. CounterSpin: […]

Jun 1 2006


[Note: This piece is a sidebar to ‘Wall Street Does Not Like Newspapers’.] Since CounterSpin’s interview with Ben Bagdikian, McClatchy has announced a pending deal that will turn over four of the former Knight Ridder papers—the St. Paul Pioneer Press, San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Monterey County Herald—to the Denver-based MediaNews Group. With the addition of the three Northern California dailies, MediaNews, which already owns the Oakland Tribune, San Mateo Times and Marin Independent Journal, among other local publications, is poised to become a powerful regional media force. The San Jose Newspaper Guild, a union representing workers […]

Mar 17 2006

Jack Fairweather on ‘Heroes in Error,’ Ben Bagdikian on Knight-Ridder sale

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The McClatchy newspaper chain is buying the larger Knight Ridder chain. What does this latest episode of corporate media concentration mean for journalism? We’ll hear from Ben Bagdikian, author of the landmark book, The Media Monopoly, and former UC Berkeley Journalism School dean. Also this week: It’s well-established that Ahmad Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress fed all kinds of bogus stories to the US media to help make the case for the Iraq War. With the invasion’s three-year anniversary looming, the new issue of Mother Jones exposes yet another INC tall tale. We’ll talk to […]