Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Though Judge Samuel Alito revealed little and concealed much at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, the media are giving him good marks largely based on his demeanor. Apparently remaining unruffled qualifies one to be on the high court. We’ll talk to MediaChannel’s Danny Schechter about the Alito hearings. Also on the show: Many media outlets have joined George W. Bush in proclaiming recently stricken Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon as a peacemaker. Clearly this description defies Sharon’s past. Our guest, University of San Francisco professor Stephen Zunes, says Sharon remained an obstacle to peace […]
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FCC Ready to Roll Back Limits on Media Consolidation
A range of media scholars and public interest, media and community groups from across the country have joined FAIR in issuing a Call for Media Democracy in response to the FCC's current "review" of the rules that govern big media. FAIR encourages everyone concerned with this issue to act now. Some suggestions of how you can take action to strengthen media diversity are included below. A Call for Media Democracy As the country reels from some of the biggest business scandals in U.S. history, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is getting ready to give big media a big gift-- the […]
A censor's work is never done. For several decades, the Pacifica Foundation — which owns five radio stations and operates a small national network — nurtured precious experiments in the arid terrain of radioland. Pacifica has provided listeners with wide-ranging discussion, progressive analysis and independent news coverage, in acute contrast to America's usual corporate-backed media fare. But during the last few years, Pacifica's board of directors made itself a self-selecting body with an increasingly mainstream agenda. The more highhanded the new hierarchy became — and the more it deserved strong criticism — the more determined it became to prevent criticism […]
On network television, some pundits are always ready for prime time. After the president's State of the Union speech, they were all over the airwaves — smooth and glib — mostly lauding Bill Clinton's boffo performance. But many commentators are never eligible for prime time. Political analysts outside the conventional range of media wisdom are rarely on the TV networks. The always-ready-for-prime-time pundits are good at sounding quite savvy. Their hats tip to the nation's top politicians, especially the ones who excel at winning. Coverage may focus on character flaws and malfeasance, but the underlying esteem for Washington's power brokers […]
To PBS Frontline Producer, Scientists Critical of Nuclear Power Are 'Flat Earthers'
"Electricity from nuclear fission continues to be the most comprehensive source of energy available to meet growing U.S. demand," declared Richard Rhodes, beginning his 1993 book Nuclear Renewal. He ended it 126 pages later declaring "whether it will be or not depends on leadership and public education." Rhodes and John Palfreman made their contribution to this pro-nuclear power "public education" with an hour-long Frontline program, "Nuclear Reaction," broadcast on PBS on April 22—Earth Day. Rhodes served as correspondent, Palfreman as producer and writer. "Nuclear Reaction" was essentially a TV version of Nuclear Renewal. It maintained that irrational fear is the […]