Search Results for: Miranda Spencer

May
13
2011

Miranda Spencer on renewable energy, Mike Ervin on Medicaid protests

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: What are renewables and why are media telling us so little about them? With energy prices rising, and a nuclear disaster still unfolding in Japan, it would seem to be the perfect time to talk about renewable energy sources, like solar, wind and geothermal. But this hasn't been the case. Independent journalist Miranda Spencer will join us to talk about how the media dismiss alternative forms of energy that are safer, cleaner and cheaper, but apparently still less journalistically viable than petroleum, nuclear and coal. Also on the show: The arrests of more than […]

Feb
06
2009

Ken Silverstein on Daschle, Miranda Spencer on breast cancer

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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 […]

Jul
01
2011

Letters to the Editor

Clearing Up Nuclear Spin Phew! Karl Grossman's excellent article (5/11) on nuclear spin in the media following the Fukushima disaster in Japan is well worth the $20 one-year subscription rate. In a quick, easy read, he references a good many books, articles, reports, government information, and radio and television broadcasts, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, creating a clear, penetrating perspective on the nuclear question and its representation in the media. Andrew Lopez Philadelphia, Pa. Needed: A Better Renewables Conversation Miranda Spencer's article on renewable energy in the May issue is correct to point out the missed opportunity to have […]

Apr
01
2010

Letters to the Editor

Hunting for Orion in Green Press List I enjoyed the environment focus published in my recent e-edition of Extra! (2/10), but I am puzzled by the omission of Orion magazine from Miranda Spencer’s round-up of notable environmental magazines and websites (“Environmental Journalism in the Greenhouse Era”). Orion magazine is an extremely ambitious and high-end nature magazine, focused on the very topics Ms. Spencer raises. On the topic of climate change, it has consistently published writers and works of the top rank, and is a far more important voice than the others Ms. Spencer highlights, especially Mother Jones, which saw fit […]

Sep
01
2009

Letters to the Editor

The Future of Journalism I welcomed Extra!’s special issue on the future of journalism and especially enjoyed Jim Naureckas’ piece, in which he rightly points out: Giant for-profit companies do not have the same interests as the public at large. And if any sort of entity is able to set aside its own interests when reporting the news, it’s not going to be institutions that are required by law to seek the highest level of profit in everything they do.... In short, the quality of news we get is about what you’d expect to get from the kind of media […]

Sep
01
2007

Letters to the Editor

Violence & Worker Control I always appreciate—and enjoy—reading Extra!, and the July/August 2007 issue was no exception. I was surprised, though, to read that Noam Chomsky believes that in democratic societies, “the state has lost the capacity to control the population by violence.” Rather, it seems to me, violence is the last resort of the ruling class, when the working class has become too powerful to control by other means. Weak and disorganized working classes require little effort to control. In the United States, for instance, the working class is so thoroughly disorganized and powerless that it has little ability […]

Mar
01
2005

America's Broken Electoral System

Get over it, says mainstream press

Throughout 2004, the "swing state" of Ohio was in the media spotlight. Prior to the election, it was a site of alleged voter fraud and sup­pression; as Extra! reported (12/04), the news media tended to portray the charges as partisan ploys rather than significant threats to the electoral process. Then, on November 2, Ohio became this election's Florida: Once again a tight race hinged on the electoral votes of a state too close to call. At the end of the night, with only about 130,000 votes sep­arating Democrat John Kerry and Republican George W. Bush, Kerry refused to concede. The […]

Jan
01
2005

Suppressing the Vote, Suppressing the News

Stories on pre-election manipulation took false balance to absurd lengths

In the run-up to the pivotal 2004 presidential election, reports of an unprecedented flood of new voter registrations (especially in electoral vote-rich swing states like Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania) filled papers and newscasts in local media and the national mainstream press. But looming over this exercise in democracy was the shadow of the disputed 2000 election. Irregularities were alleged among some of the new registrations—such as multiple forms bearing the same name, or monikers like “Jive Turkey”—prompting pledges to purge the rolls and even challenge specific voters at the polls on November 2. There were also reports of flyers and […]