Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Veterans and some active duty soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan gathered in Maryland this month for Winter Soldier, offering harrowing and often heartbreaking testimony about their experiences in war. The remarkable event elicited next to no corporate media coverage. FAIR founder Jeff Cohen will join us to share his thoughts. Also on CounterSpin today, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case challenging Washington D.C.'s handgun ban. Conservative and liberal legal experts appearing in the media seem increasingly to agree that the 2nd Amendment protects an individual right to own guns. […]
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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: media are pondering the fate of Scooter Libby—one of the highest White House officials ever convicted of a felony—recently sentenced to 30 months in jail. But our guest says Libby's sentence, while significant, is really the least important part of the story of the investigation into the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity and the whole White House abuse of power that lay behind it. Elizabeth de la Vega is an author and a former federal prosecutor. She'll help us put the Libby trial in context. Also this week: are the media out […]
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Few media critics have been afforded an intimate, on-the-job view of the outlets they criticize, but FAIR founder Jeff Cohen spent years in and out of Fox News, MSNBC and CNN. In his new book, Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media, Cohen takes the reader inside TV news and probes the conservative biases, timidity and tabloidism that dominate it. Today, in a special extended CounterSpin interview, we talk to Jeff Cohen about his adventures and the book that, it's safe to say, will end any hope he has for a future in […]
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: the battle over ballots. In Connecticut, Democratic voters tossed aside Senator Joe Lieberman in favor of anti-war newcomer Ned Lamont. Lieberman has long been the poster boy for media-friendly centrism in the Democratic Party. So what are pundits and political reporters, who've long advised moving the party to the right, saying about the Lamont victory? We'll talk it over with FAIR founder and author Jeff Cohen. Meanwhile in Mexico the fight to recount the ballots in the country's presidential election continues, with a partial recount underway. Will this satisfy supporters of leftist candidate Andres […]
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Award-winning investigative reporter Gary Webb died at the age of 49 on Friday, December 10, from an apparent suicide. In 1996 Webb's courageous work linked cocaine traffickers to the CIA's Contra army in Nicaragua and to the West Coast crack scourge. We'll be joined by FAIR founder Jeff Cohen to discuss Gary Webb's work and the backlash he suffered at the hands of an establishment media bent on protecting the powerful. Also on the show: Workers at the Youngstown Ohio daily the Vindicator are on strike. So what does that have to do with […]
Download MP3 Terror bombings in Madrid came just days before national elections, and Spanish voters delivered a surprising defeat to the Popular Party, which had supported the war in Iraq. On this side of the Atlantic, the election results made journalists wonder if Spain was going soft on the war on terror. But are the media missing the story on Spain? We'll talk to FAIR founder Jeff Cohen. Also on CounterSpin this week: We'll talk to Knight Ridder national security correspondent Jonathan Landay. He's part of a reporting team that has broken many important stories; his most recent tells how […]
FAIR founder Jeff Cohen has been hired by MSNBC, and is stepping down from FAIR's board of directors. Cohen founded FAIR in 1986, and served as the group's executive director. In recent years, he has been an advisor to the group rather than a staff member, as he pursued a career as a media commentator. In May 2001, he became president of FAIR's board of directors. Until moving to MSNBC, Cohen appeared regularly as a panelist on Fox News Channel's "Fox News Watch." This did not prevent FAIR from regularly criticizing Fox, including publishing a cover story on "Fox: The […]
Ukraine signed a deal with Russia on Tuesday, defying the advice of the US press and Western elites. But would Ukraine have been better off making a deal with Europe? And is the US media portrayal of Russia as the regional troublemaker accurate? We'll talk with Russia expert Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus from NYU and Princeton.
Also on the show: the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs are taking a beating-- a court rules the collection of phone metadata unconstitutional, and major tech companies are pushing for some limits on the agency's reach. But what should we know about how those companies themselves are snooping on Americans? Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy will join us to explain.