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Mayor Harold Washington on 'Media Parity'

Chicago Mayor Harold Washington (cc photo: City of Boston)

The following remarks are adapted from a speech by the late Mayor Harold Washington to the National Association of Black Journalists in Miami last August. In October 1983, after I had been in office about six months, I was invited to speak to the TV producers in Chicago. The theme of my speech was the lack of parity in the media for minorities and women. I dwelt on that subject rather exhaustively to try to point out the reason why Chicago still was not where it should be as a city. It’s because the news never quite came out the […]


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 […]


David Swanson on healthcare reform, Harold Meyerson on California's budget crisis


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: "Obama May Have To Wait for Health Reform" explained one July 22 headline. Leave it to corporate media to take a life-and-death issue for millions of Americans and reduce it to an item on a president's wish list. But if they're going to mainly cover healthcare policy as inside the Beltway politicking, how good a job are they doing even of that? We'll hear from activist and author David Swanson about the current state of play in healthcare reform efforts and what the media may have to do with it. Also on the show: […]


Their Man in Washington

Big media have an ally in new FCC chair Michael Powell

When a regulator's appointment is hosannaed by the corporations he is supposed to be regulating, the public should be concerned. When the person charged with defending the public interest in telecommunications acknowledges that he has "no idea" (Columbia Journalism Review, 7-8/01) what the public interest is, telegraphs his willingness to eliminate virtually every remaining check on media concentration, and "jokes" that the digital divide is the misguided complaint of whining have-nots, we ought to be worried indeed. Such a man is Michael Powell, since January the chair of the Federal Communications Commission, the federal agency that regulates telecommunication. Powell's salient […]


Leading Papers’ Sources Tilt Toward TPP

Sparse, slanted coverage of corporate-friendly deal


Critics 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, hosted by Ed Schultz, was […]


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.


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.


Not for Teacher

Journalists take sides in Chicago strike

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

Among 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 attempt to hold them accountable […]