Search Results for: Ken Silverstein

Oct 1 2013

See–Spying Works!

Turning counter-terror tale into 'win' for NSA wiretapping


When the government proclaimed the existence of a somewhat vague but extraordinarily dangerous new terrorist threat from a branch of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, it provided an opportunity to link NSA snooping to a War on Terror “success”—and many in the corporate media were all too happy to play along.

Sep 1 2013

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Powerful interests are often pundits’ real bosses


Plenty of pundits play the role of partisan warriors in cable TV studios. But that’s not their real job—or at least not the one where they likely make their real money.

Jul 1 2013

FAIR STUDY: Think Tank Spectrum 2012

Range of debate narrows as the status quo holds

dolny jim demint

Think tank researchers are often cited by news outlets to add context and analysis to a news story. They are often portrayed as objective or nonpartisan observers (Extra!, 5/98), and as Ken Silverstein recently explained in the Nation (5/21/13), that appearance can be quite valuable to corporate donors: Nowadays, many Washington think tanks effectively serve as unregistered lobbyists for corporate donors, and companies strategically contribute to them just as they hire a PR or lobby shop or make campaign donations…. “If you’re a lobbyist, whatever you say is heavily discounted,” says Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University and […]

Jul 1 2013

Who Pays for Think Tanks?

Corporate and foundation money often comes with an agenda

Pete Peterson

Think tanks are important institutions that provide information and analysis to both policy-makers and the public. But when they court donations, it can become unclear whether that analysis is tainted by donor agendas.

Dec 18 2009

Michelle Chen on Copenhagen, Joe Conason on ACORN videos


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Walkouts and protests at the Copenhagen summit have highlighted the political friction in responding to climate change. But is the press corps that brings us headlines like the New York Times‘ “Poor and Emerging States Stall Climate Negotiations” the right place to look for an understanding of concerns about the inequality of climate change’s human impacts? We’ll get a different perspective from writer Michelle Chen, who’s been following the story. Also on the show: An independent report on ACORN, commissioned by the group and authored by the former attorney general of Massachusetts, has some […]

Sep 1 2009

Journalistic Reputations for Sale

Pay to play at the Post...and elsewhere

Katherine Weymouth--Photo Credit: The Daily Beast

If you had any doubt that the elite Washington press corps is too close to the political and corporate elites they are supposed to be scrutinizing, a recent scheme cooked up by the Washington Post might close the case. The plan, as revealed by the website Politico (7/2/09), would have seen Post publisher Katharine Weymouth hosting a dozen off-the-record “salons” at her Washington home, bringing together lobbyists, politicians and some of the paper’s own reporters and editors. Each event would be “underwritten” to the tune of $25,000 by major players in select policy areas; the first scheduled salon, for example, […]

Feb 6 2009

Ken Silverstein on Daschle, Miranda Spencer on breast cancer


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: “If it weren’t for those darn tax problems, Tom Daschle was the perfect choice as Obama’s Secretary of Health & Human Services,” seems to be the establishment refrain over the rise and fall of the Daschle nomination. “No one knows the healthcare issues, or could do a better job pushing through the promised Obama healthcare plan than the former senator,” say many pundits. Ken Silverstein begs to differ. The Washington editor of Harpers and the magazine’s Washington Babylon blogger will join us to talk about that. Also on the show: Breast cancer affects huge […]

Mar 1 2008

Is Undercover Over?

Disguise seen as deceit by timid journalists

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/daysofthundr46

This past February, the famed lobbying firm APCO was approached by a man named Kenneth Case. Case said he represented the Maldon Group, an obscure firm that wished to improve the public image of Turkmenistan, where it had some investments. It was nothing out of the ordinary — private firms often lobby on behalf of foreign countries, either because they think it will increase the value of their investments or because they are acting as a front for the foreign government. APCO happily met with them, despite the fact that the Stalinist regime of Turkmenistan is one of the most […]