Search Results for: Dave Lindorff

Apr
22
2011

Amanda Marcotte on Planned Parenthood, Dave Lindorff on Standard & Poor's 'negative outlook'

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The budget battle over Planned Parenthood's federal funding produced more than the average dose of media misinformation. And clues, mostly missed by the media about the GOP's actual agenda. We'll talk with journalist and blogger Amanda Marcotte about Planned Parenthood. Also on the show: Standard & Poor's issued a "negative outlook" report on the U.S. debt, warning that the country's credit could be in jeopardy in the next few years. If true this could seriously threaten the ecomony. But is it? And what about S&P's political timing? We'll talk to journalist Dave Lindorff about […]

May
19
2006

Dave Lindorff on Bush & impeachment, Dean Baker on tax cuts

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The impeachment of George W. Bush. You're not likely to hear much about that idea in the media, but is it really beyond the bounds of mainstream media discussion? We'll talk it over with Dave Lindorff, investigative reporter and co-author of the new book, The Case for Impeachment. Also on CounterSpin today: George Bush says his tax cuts—"extremely tilted toward the wealthy" as the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy describe them—will actually mean MORE tax revenue for the federal Treasury. Make sense? Well, no, but how did the press do in making that […]

Nov
05
2004

Miles Rapoport on voting rights, Dave Lindorff on Bush's 'bulge'

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Long lines of people waiting to vote, many giving up and going home; shortages of provisional ballots, registered voters who found their names weren't on the rolls, last-minute polling site changes, and don't forget those electronic voting machines. Despite big media's desire to declare the 2004 general election over and essentially unproblematic, our guest says that many vital questions remain about the sanctity of the vote in this country. And the big question is, "Why can't we get our elections systems right?" We'll talk with Miles Rapoport, president of the public policy group Demos. […]

Oct
22
2004

Anne-Marie Cusac on voting rights, Dave Lindorff on the military draft

Download MP3 The election is less than two weeks away. But while media watch the candidates, who's watching the process? Allegations of voter intimidation and suppression are popping up all over-- but are the press shining a light on them or sweeping them under the rug? We'll hear from investigative reporter Anne-Marie Cusac of The Progressive magazine. Also on the show: Bush denies any possibility of a new military draft, while Kerry says there is great potential for a draft. But the draft questions didn’t spring up out of thin air. We'll talk to journalist David Lindorff, whose story Oiling […]

Jun
01
2012

U.S. Media Duck Legality of Attacking Iran

‘Supreme international crime’ not worth discussing

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad--Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Daniella Zalcman

SPECIAL SECTION: IRAN & WAR The drums of war beat ever louder as President Barack Obama talks of “all options” being “on the table” if Iran doesn’t halt its nuclear fuel processing program, and as Israel keeps threatening an air attack on Iran’s nuclear sites. But nowhere, perhaps, is this drumbeat louder than in the U.S. media, where it’s almost impossible to find any mention of the fact that such an attack, whether by U.S. or Israeli forces, would violate international law. An unprovoked attack against another nation is a war of aggression—“the supreme international crime,” as the Nuremberg Tribunal […]

Jan
01
2011

Pictures at an Execution Panel

Philly police harass journos at Mumia hearing

Security was tight at the Philadelphia Federal Courthouse for a November 9 hearing by the Third Circuit Appeals Court to consider the death sentence of local journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose 1982 conviction for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer has been widely questioned (Extra!, 11-12/95; Extra! Update, 2/99). Some 500 demonstrators calling for Abu-Jamal’s freedom were on the sidewalk outside the courthouse, and U.S. Marshals and officers from the Federal Protective Service had erected two parallel rows of metal gates to separate the crowd from the building, and to create an enclosed “cattle chute” to funnel spectators into the […]

Jan
01
2010

Media Blackout on Agent Orange

Coverage ignores effects on Vietnamese victims

The effects of Agent Orange on humans--Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/tcd123usa

In mid-October, hundreds of thousands of Vietnam-era veterans got some good if grim news: The Veterans Administration announced it was adding three more diseases to the 11 others it automatically presumes to have been caused by exposure to Agent Orange, the dioxin-laced herbicide spread by the U.S. military across much of South Vietnam to deny crops and cover to North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters during the war. Newspapers and radio and TV news programs across America ran stories announcing that veterans of the jungle war who now suffer or may eventually suffer from Parkinson’s Disease, ischemic heart disease or […]

Apr
01
2006

Now It's a Chemical Weapon, Now It's Not

White phosphorus and the siege of Fallujah

U.S. Air Force dropping white phosphorus on NLF guerrillas in Vietnam, 1966. (photo: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force)

  Gearing up for an invasion of Iraq in 2002, U.S. media vividly evoked the cruel effects of unconventional weapons. Washington Post foreign affairs columnist Jim Hoagland referred repeatedly to Saddam Hussein’s imagined stockpiles of “horror weapons” and “weapons of horror,” and later to the “horrors” of Saddam’s past use of chemical weapons (7/11/02, 10/25/02, 9/24/03). Leading outlets had their correspondents produce feature stories on former Iranian soldiers and Kurds still suffering from Iraqi mustard gas and other agents used in the 1980s. “We came under heavy bombardment, but there was no shrapnel,” Newsweek (3/19/03) quoted an Iranian veteran. “Then […]