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Apr 01 2014

Leading Papers’ Sources Tilt Toward TPP

Sparse, slanted coverage of corporate-friendly deal


Sparse, slanted coverage of corporate-friendly dealCritics call it a corporate coup, an assault on the public interest and a threat to democratic sovereignty. It’s the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a commercial treaty currently being negotiated in secret between the US, NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada, and nine more Pacific Rim countries: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Though it sounds like a big story, it’s not—at least for US corporate media. Last month, Extra! (3/14) revealed that national TV news on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News simply ignored the story. MSNBC’s Ed Show, […]

Sep 01 2013

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Powerful interests are often pundits’ real bosses


Plenty of pundits play the role of partisan warriors in cable TV studios. But that’s not their real job—or at least not the one where they likely make their real money.

Jan 11 2013

Taking Aim at the Elderly

'Fiscal cliff' deal spared the aged, pundits complain


Wealthy pundits didn’t like the outcome of the “fiscal cliff” tax deal– mostly because it didn’t do more to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Nov 01 2012

Not for Teacher

Journalists take sides in Chicago strike

Supporter of 2012 Chicago teacher strike (cc photo: Alejandro Quinones)

Journalists take sides in Chicago strikeAmong corporate media pundits, hostility towards teachers’ unions spans the ideological spectrum (Extra!, 9/10). And in supposedly straight news reporting, the policy goals of corporate “reformers”―support for charter schools and teacher ratings based on standardized test statistical models―are treated as common sense instead of contested and controversial. So when the Chicago Teachers Union went out on strike this September, it was never in doubt which side the corporate media would take. The story of Chicago, as they framed it, was that well-paid teachers in an underperforming, cash-strapped school system wanted more money, and opposed any […]

Apr 01 2012

Top Op-Ed Pages Offer Choice of Elites

On reigning issues, convergent perspectives

On reigning issues, convergent perspectivesWhile it would be naive to accept the newspaper business’s implication that it keeps its news entirely factual by segregating opinion to its own section, the op-ed pages do state opinion more explicitly and help make visible the range of opinions allowed in the rest of the paper. What kind of writers do the major papers put on their staff? Who gets to speak on these pages, and who gets left out? Extra! looked at the writers represented on the op-ed pages of three major, nationally significant newspapers: the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall […]

Apr 08 2011

Harold Meyerson on Paul Ryan, Lizzy Ratner on Goldstone Report


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin:. Republican Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan unveiled his party’s budget plan this week. Media consumers learned that Ryan is gutsy, that he’s serious as a heart attack, that the plan is bold and sweeping… but what would it mean for peoples’ lives? And what would reporting look like if it stayed focused on that. We’ll talk to Harold Meyerson of the Washington Post and the American Prospect about the ‘vision’ in the Ryan budget, which Meyerson says isn’t really about the deficit at all. Also on CounterSpin today, seemingly out of nowhere media were […]

Nov 19 2010

Wenonah Hauter on GE salmon, Rose Aguilar on Native Americans


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The FDA is on the verge of approving genetically engineered salmon in spite of opposition by the public, scientists and consumer groups. On November 15 the group Food & Water Watch released internal documents from Fish & Wildlife Service scientists expressing misgivings about the safety of the altered salmon and the legality of the FDA’s procedures. We’ll talk to Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of Food & Water Watch. Also on the show: A one-minute commentary by a cable TV host brought a swell of public awareness, political attention and money to a snowstorm-devastated […]

Oct 29 2010

Clarence Lusane on Juan Williams, Chris Rogers on Pakistan


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The firing of Juan Williams from NPR might seem like an inside media story; it’s become more as Williams, who was let go after saying people in “Muslim garb” on planes make him nervous, has become something of a cause celebre for the right. We’ll talk about what it all says about the present moment with Clarence Lusane, professor at American University and author of the forthcoming The Black History of the White House. Also on CounterSpin today: The U.S. war in Afghanistan is nearly a decade old. But U.S. military actions in neighboring […]