CounterSpin asked Laura Carlsen of the Americas Program of the Center of International Policy what deeper coverage would add to the story of immigrant refugee children in terms of context and history.
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Laura Carlsen on the crisis of refugee children
Worst Climate Coverage Ever? What’s worse than having climate scientists debate denialists as if they both were legitimate points of view? Leaving out the scientists and letting global warming denial speak unrebutted. That’s what CNN (OutFront, 5/21/14) did when it brought on a right-wing provocateur as the lone guest to respond to a gameshow host’s Twitter-based attack (5/19/14) on climate science: “And ahead, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak says global warming alarmists are unpatriotic. Tonight, Ann Coulter tells us why she agrees.” Keystone XL’s ‘Symbolic’ Climate Destruction The Washington Post’s Paul Kane (5/4/14) reported that the Keystone XL “pipeline’s […]
Cheerleading documentary followed by more stacked commentary
CNN aired the pro-nuclear power documentary Pandora’s Promise, a film that brooked virtually no dissent from the views of its seven principal “stars”—one-time anti-nuclear environmentalists who now say the planet can only be saved from the ravages of fossil fuels by a rapid, large-scale investment in new, supposedly fail-safe “fast reactors.”
Answers petitions, critics, with more slanted commentary
FAIR and RootsAction presented CNN with a petition signed by over 27,000 activists, demanding the news network present a more balanced discussion of the nuclear power issue. CNN responded by compounding the bias with a post-show roundtable, Nuclear Power: The Fallout From Fear, that featured a panel just as slanted as its title.
Some media figures applaud the criminalization of investigative reporting
U.S. soldier Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning's 35-year sentence represents the harshest punishment issued to date for providing media with evidence of government wrongdoing (Forbes, 8/21/13). She is the first whistleblower to be convicted under the Espionage Act, ratifying the new reality that those who give the press information that the government wants to keep secret will henceforth be treated as spies. Manning's sentence is only the latest example of the criminalization of investigative journalism that has greatly intensified in the Obama era (Extra!, 9/11). While whistleblowers have been the chief targets of the harsh crackdown on media challenges to official […]
Journalism by and for the 0.01 Percent
For reporters, 'threats' seem to come from one side
Seemingly out of nowhere, North Korea became the top news story at the beginning of April. Tensions between the United States and North Korea were on the rise after new supreme leader Kim Jong Un conducted several missile and weapons tests, beginning at the end of 2012. The threats, bluster and provocations that followed led to some rather alarming—and alarmist—coverage in the U.S., particularly on television. For most reporters, the threats were going in one direction. As ABC World News reporter Martha Raddatz put it (3/31/13): “The threats have been coming almost every day, and each day become more menacing, […]