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Dec 31 2015

Best of CounterSpin 2015

Highlights of interviews with Keane Bhatt, Jim Naureckas, Carlos Miller, Felicia Kornbluh, Dean Spade and Laura Flanders

Janine Jackson

Selections from interviews from the year just gone that illustrate the practices and policies of elite news media that make it an unlikely arena for a full, vital debate on issues that matter.

Dec 18 2015

Arun Kundnani on Islamophobia & the ‘War on Terror,’ Keane Bhatt on a Tale of Two Elections

Islamophobia (image: City of Anthrax)

The San Bernardino killings have added fuel to an upsurge of Islamophobia in US media and politics that in some ways is worse than that seen in the wake of September 11, 2001.

Jul 29 2015

For NYT, US Labor Abuses Abroad Are a Thing of Decades Past

Chinese investment graphic

A New York Times piece bizarrely implies that labor abuses by US companies or their contractors are a thing of the past.

Mar 12 2015

WaPo, Owned by CIA's Webmaster, Blasts Venezuela's 'State-Financed' News

Part of the job of being Washington’s official court paper, apparently, is explaining to the inhabitants of lesser nations that they shouldn’t take it personally when the US labels them “an unusual and extraordinary threat.”

Mar 1 2015

Saudi Dictator’s Death Shows NYT as Pawn of Power

Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded ‘sorcerers,’ was ‘force of moderation’

At top, New York Times writes, "A Polarizing Figure Who Led a Movement," about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. At bottom, New York Times writes, "King Abdullah, Who Nudged Saudi Arabia Forward, Dies at 90."

The New York Times repeated the White House’s depiction of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah as a peace-loving friend, despite the reality that King Abdullah’s regime flogged dissenters, beheaded perpetrators of “sorcery” and made “frequent exhortations to the US to attack Iran.”

Jan 26 2015

Saudi Dictator’s Death Shows NYT as Pawn of Power

Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded 'sorcerers,' was 'force of moderation'

New York Times Abdullah Obit

“This is a sad day,” remarked Secretary of State John Kerry (State Department, 1/22/15) over the death of Abdullah, the dictator of Saudi Arabia. “The United States has lost a friend,” he continued, and “the world has lost a revered leader.” The monarch–whose regime routinely flogs dissenters and beheads those guilty of “sorcery”–was, in Kerry’s words, “a man of wisdom and vision” (BBC, 1/22/15; 6/19/12). Vice President Joe Biden (White House, 1/22/15) announced that he “will be leading a presidential delegation representing the United States to pay our respects.” President Barack Obama himself fawned over the late autocrat: “I always […]

Jan 23 2015

Keane Bhatt on State of the Union, Daniel Denvir on Silencing Mumia Act

Barack Obama, SOTU 2015

What’s the public to make of the exercise in political theater known as the State of the Union Address and the media’s morning-after tea leaf-reading? And why aren’t more journalists up in arms about a law that muzzles them as well as convicts?

Sep 1 2014

A Shared Culture of Conflict of Interest

Elite media don’t see Human Rights Watch’s closeness to power as a problem

Kenneth Roth

Human Rights Watch’s conflicts of interest contribute to a culture of normalizing and accommodating the extreme power that the United States arrogates to itself.