Search Results for: John F. Sugg

Feb
05
2010

Robert McChesney and John Nichols on The Death and Life of American Journalism

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: a special look at the state of the media in America. Every week on CounterSpin we talk mostly about what the media are getting wrong. But the big story inside the news industry is the collapse of the business itself. What are the implications for citizens? What can we do about it? And how concerned should we be about the failures of corporate owners that have done so little to promote good journalism in the first place? We'll talk about all that and more with our guests Robert McChesney and John Nichols, co-authors of […]

Jan
01
2010

D.D. Guttenplan on I.F. Stone, Peter Richardson on Ramparts

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Some of the current conversations about the future of journalism trade on some pretty rose-colored notions of journalism's past. The reality is journalism has always been a very mixed bag, with just some reporters doing the challenging, talking truth to power work that later generations may imagine everyone was doing. This week on the show we’re going to take a look back at a couple of critical institutions in the history of what we now think of as investigative journalism - the sort of hardhitting, independent reporting current discussion is focused on 'saving'. One […]

Jun
19
2009

D.D. Guttenplan on I.F. Stone

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: I.F. Stone was not only among the greatest American investigative reporters, he was also an activist and man of the left, according to D.D. Guttenplan, who has just published the latest biography of the journalist. Because he challenged U.S. power, often simply by reporting on the contents of official documents, and because he was a leftist, Stone's reputation has been under assault by vestigial McCarthyites who have been claiming for decades that Stone was a Soviet agent. According to Guttenplan, Stone was never an unbending ideologue but a progressive who was quick to change […]

May
29
2009

John Feffer on North Korea, Han Shan on Shell & Ken Saro-Wiwa

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: When the media talks foreign affairs, there's generally an assumption that countries have identifiable interests and rationally pursue them as best they can. All that's thrown out the window when it comes to North Korea. That country's apparent decision to conduct an underground nuclear test and test-fire several missiles has re-engaged the media discussion about the nuclear-armed dictatorship. But what do we still not understand about that country's behavior? And is all of this really a "test" for Barack Obama? John Feffer of the Institute for Policy Studies will join us to discuss that. […]

May
01
2009

The Trumped-Up Case Against I.F. Stone

Looking for Izzy in all the wrong places

For years, the right has tried to tar I.F. Stone, one of left journalism’s greatest heroes and an icon of independent reporting, as a spy for the Soviet Union (Nation, 8/31/06). Now two right-wing historians and an ex-KGB officer are back with more assertions that Stone secretly worked for the Soviet intelligence service. Harvey Klehr, John Earl Haynes and Alexander Vassiliev published an article on Commentary’s website (5/09), adapted from a new book, headlined “I.F. Stone, Soviet Agent—Case Closed.” “Until now,” they wrote, “the evidence was equivocal and subject to different interpretations. No longer.” What is this case-closing, unequivocal evidence? […]

Jun
01
2008

William F. Buckley, Rest in Praise

Glowing obits obscure an ugly record

Photo Credit: National Review

Over the course of his career, William F. Buckley routinely reproached the "liberal media" from his perch high atop it. By his death on February 27, he'd published dozens of books, written decades of syndicated columns that appeared in hundreds of newspapers, and made thousands of television and radio appearances, among them some 1,500 on his own PBS show, Firing Line, the longest-running public affairs show in public television history. Unsurprisingly, that same "liberal" media treated Buckley’s passing as the loss of a great intellectual and upstanding human being, with admiring obituaries that largely ignored a massive body of unfavorable […]

Jan
01
1999

Steven Emerson's Crusade

Why is a journalist pushing questionable stories from behind the scenes?

Did self-styled anti-terrorism expert Steven Emerson help push the world toward nuclear war? On Sunday, June 28, a sensational story appeared in the British newspaper the Observer: "Pakistan was planning nuclear first strike on India." The stunning revelation that South Asia was on the brink of thermonuclear war was credited to an unnamed "senior Pakistani weapons scientist who has defected." The next day, papers on the Indian subcontinent were full of the news. Shock spread and distrust mounted. "The scenario is frightening," stated the Times of India (6/29/98). On Wednesday, July 1, a USA Today report by Barbara Slavin named […]

Sep
01
2014

At Elite Media, ‘Scientific’ Racists Fit in Fine

Nicholas Wade’s NYT science writing thrilled white supremacists

Farmers in Ghana

Nicholas Wade’s embrace of the pseudoscience of eugenics raises questions about his tenure at the New York Times, and about corporate media vigilance when it comes to racism.