Search Results for: Harvey Wasserman

Aug
30
2013

Phyllis Bennis on Syria, Harvey Wasserman on Fukushima

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This week on CounterSpin: The horrible images out of Syria have U.S. politicians and corporate media talking about U.S. as a matter of when, not if. Is it Iraq all over again? We'll talk with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies.

Also on the show: Leaks of irradiated water at the Fukushima nuclear plant are far worse than previously acknowledged, and the utility says it's not sure it can stop them or even monitor them properly. But what will it take to take a technology with as many powerful friends as nuclear power off the table? We’ll talk with journalist and activist Harvey Wasserman about Fukushima and the anti-nuke movement.

Oct
07
2011

Harvey Wasserman on Solyndra, Diane Ravitch and Brian Jones on MisEducation Nation

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The Solyndra scandal is the kind of story tailor made for Fox News: A green jobs creating solar power company receiving millions of dollars of taxpayer funds celebrated by the Obama White House... goes belly up. Much of the coverage all but shouts 'Scandal!'. It's not that there's nothing here, but the story we're hearing about Solyndra might not be the one we should be hearing. Journalist and activist Harvey Wasserman will join us to talk about that. Also on CounterSpin today: Sponsored by the same foundations and corporate interests behind what's called education […]

Jun
10
2011

Harvey Wasserman on Fukushima; Andrew Fieldhouse on Bush tax cuts

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: After a lull in reporting about the Japanese nuclear disaster comes news that officials there are admitting that radiation releases were much larger than previously claimed-- not a surprise to critics who saw those early claims as part of a government/corporate/media misinformation loop that kicks in whenever we talk about nuclear power. So what is the real story out of Fukushima, and where can you get independent information? We'll talk to journalist and activist Harvey Wasserman. Also on the show: Ten years ago mainstream media were running stories like the Dallas Morning News’ "FINDING […]

Mar
27
2009

Riki Ott on Exxon Valdez, Harvey Wasserman on Three Mile Island

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Disaster anniversaries are readymade news hooks for media always in search of one. March sees 20 years since the Exxon Valdez spilled at least 11 million gallons (and likely much more) of oil in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It's also been 30 years this month since this country's worst nuclear accident, the partial core meltdown at Pennsylvania nuclear plant Three Mile Island. Both incidents were seen as watershed revelations of institutional failures and engendered activism and calls for reform. But corporate media's "looks back" and "lessons learned" don't always identify the right lessons--and rarely […]

May
01
2011

After Fukushima, Media Still Buying Nuclear Spin

Downplaying deadly dangers in Japan and at home

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Ever since the start of nuclear technology, those behind it have made heavy use of deception, obfuscation and denial—with the complicity of most of the media. New York Times reporter William Laurence, working at the same time with the Manhattan Project, wrote a widely published press release covering up the first nuclear test in New Mexico in 1945, claiming it was nothing more than an ammunition dump explosion. The Times and Laurence went on to boost nuclear power for years to come (Beverly Deepe Keever, News Zero: The New York Times and The Bomb). A central concern of nuclear promoters, […]

Dec
25
2009

Best of CounterSpin 2009

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Download MP3 On this special CounterSpin program we’ll take a look back at some of the stories of the past year, and hear again from a few of the many journalists, activists, researchers and critics that brought those stories to us, or helped us make sense of them. CounterSpin: Writer and investigative historian Gareth Porter joined us back in April to talk about the big picture questions still mostly missing from the media discussion of the Afghanistan war, especially the very rational for the war itself. Gareth Porter: There's not been a single story that I have seen that really […]

Sep
25
2009

Joseph Romm on Climate Summit, Elinore Longobardi on 'Subprime' vs. 'Predatory'

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: the highest-level conference yet on climate change took place this week at the UN. The press made much of the obstacles faced on the way to any international agreement -- but if the front page of the country's paper of record is saying that temperatures haven't risen in 10 years, maybe one of those obstacles is media coverage? We'll talk to Joseph Romm of Climate Progress.org Also on the show: Words mean things and the way reporters use them can shade the way we see the world. A new study published in the Columbia […]

Feb
01
2008

Money Is the Real Green Power:

The hoax of eco-friendly nuclear energy

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Nuclear advocates in government and the nuclear industry are engaged in a massive, heavily financed drive to revive atomic power in the United States—with most of the mainstream media either not questioning or actually assisting in the promotion. “With a very few notable exceptions, such as the Los Angeles Times, the U.S. media have turned the same sort of blind, uncritical eye on the nuclear industry’s claims that led an earlier generation of Americans to believe atomic energy would be too cheap to meter,” comments Michael Mariotte, executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. “The nuclear industry’s public […]