Search Results for: Neil deMause

Jun
07
2013

Michael Ratner on Bradley Manning, Neil deMause on Disability Fraud Hoax

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As Bradley Manning's court martial trial gets underway, journalists face real obstacles in trying to report on it, and they should be facing the constitutional issues the case raises. We'll be joined by Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights and U.S. attorney for WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

Also on the show: Are parents keeping their kids from learning how to read, so they can get a disability check from the state? The claim has come from some high places in elite media, which you won't be surprised to learn, doesn't make it true. We'll speak with author and journalist Neil deMause about this not-so-new media canard.

Sep
23
2011

Neil deMause on poverty, Phyllis Bennis on Palestinian statehood

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Census Bureau data showing one in six Americans live in poverty was received soberly by the press corps, but should it have surprised them? And what about next week, when the government doesn't release a report and people are still poor? We'll talk with journalist Neil deMause about media’s treatment of poverty and the poor. Also on the show: Mainstream reporting on the Palestinian bid for UN recognition regularly employs loaded language in portraying the initiative as and underhanded gambit which is threatening to the U.S. and Israel. But exactly how does the Palestinian […]

Sep
07
2007

Neil deMause on FAIR's poverty study, Alex Koppelman on Lou Dobbs and U.S. Border Patrol criminals

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: a new FAIR survey of coverage of poverty on the network newscasts finds scant media interest in the topic. Weren't the media committed to changing their ways in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? We'll talk to the co-author of the report Neil deMause. Also on CounterSpin today, How hid U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting an unarmed suspect and covering up their involvement in the case, became heroes on cable news shows and a cause célèbre of the anti-immigrant right? Writer Alex Koppelman traced the saga for Salon.com, he'll join us to talk […]

Jul
07
2006

John Feffer on North Korea, Neil DeMause on welfare and poverty

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: North Korea's launch of several missiles on July 4th revealed once again the sensational and crisis-driven nature of U.S. media coverage of North Korea. While media dredged up stories of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's irrationality and eccentricity, coverage left many Americans ill-informed U.S./North Korea relations. Korean expert John Feffer will join us to talk about the latest alleged crisis. Also on the show: Remember Ronald Reagan and his Cadillac-driving welfare queens? Now that the White House wants to tighten public assistance even further, officials are pushing a new image: welfare recipients will […]

Oct
01
2012

Economy Is the Issue That Isn't

Misidentifying problems, marginalizing solutions

If there's one thing the media seem certain about this election season, it's that the choice between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will come down to one thing: the economy.The "rhetorical debate question" from Ronald Reagan's debate with Jimmy Carter, USA Today (8/21/12) reported on its front page , "has become an iconic one for voters. Are you better off than you were four years ago?" The paper cited polls showing that 55 percent of Americans say they are not. Considering that, you'd expect that the summer would have seen a barrage of stories on the state of the economy, on the trials […]

Aug
30
2012

FAIR in the News

FAIR in the News On Coverage of Iraq ...concerns about efforts by mainstream news media organizations to downplay public interest in the crises in the Middle East and the war in Iraq in particular are well founded according to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the nation’s most prominent media watchdog group. A FAIR Media Advisory dated 12/19/07 is titled “War Is Over--Say the Pundits: But it's media, not voters, who seem to have lost interest in Iraq.” FAIR reports that, “To hear many in the mainstream media tell it, the Iraq War is of diminishing importance to American voters. […]

Jul
01
2012

"Hope It's in Your Backyard!"

Gushing over fracking ignores climate crisis

Fracking Operation--Photo Credit: Mother Jones/zhuda/Shutterstock

One of the difficulties of reporting on climate change is its incremental nature: It’s hard to expect every media mention of someone driving a car or running an air conditioner to include a note about its effects on the environment. Yet even when the climate impacts of an action are unambiguous and central to a story, reporters all too often avoid the subject. Take the natural-gas extraction technique of hydraulic fracturing (Extra!, 2/12). Better known as “fracking,” the process involves cracking open underground rock layers containing oil and gas deposits by blasting them with a high-pressure chemical slurry. Of the […]

Jan
01
2012

Jobs Are at Stake When Profits Are at Stake

Lobbyists help media pay attention to employment

When debate heated up in November over the Keystone XL pipeline—a 1,700-mile-long structure that would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands deposits to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast—reporters soon found themselves chasing the answer to a question: How many jobs would be lost if the pipeline didn’t happen? Wall Street Journal senior editor Mary Anastasia O’Grady suggested on Fox News (10/28/11) that the pipeline would create “118,000 indirect jobs” from “feeding and housing all of these people who are going to work on the pipeline,” a number that her Journal editorial board colleague Collin Levy repeated in a Web […]