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Gareth Porter on Iran, Christopher Martin on ACORN


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: This week on CounterSpin, did the White House really disclose the existence of Iran’s new Uranium enrichment plant, and does the plant, as many news stories seem to indicate, really violate the law? And what evidence is there that the new plant may have anything to do with a nuclear weapons program, as certain prominent U.S. media figures have claimed, but which U.S. intelligence agencies say does not exist? We’ll talk to historian and free lance journalists Gareth Porter about the latest wave of allegations against Iran. Also this week: The community activist group […]


Patrick Cockburn on Iraq coverage, Brian Dominick on the Sago Mine story

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: American reporting on Iraq often leaves one with the impression that things will work out, at least for the White House, if officials can just pull off another election or train more Iraqi security forces, veteran Iraq reporter Patrick Cockburn of the London-based Independent newspaper doesn't see it that way, he'll join us to discuss Iraq coverage. Also on the show: According to a New York Times editorial, "Just as Hurricane Katrina forced Americans to look at the face of lingering poverty and racism, this mining tragedy should focus us all on another forgotten, […]


Sex Panicked

Women Unheard in Sexuality Debates

The topic of sexuality received unprecedented news media attention in the 1990s--in part due to the AIDS crisis, in part because of a national fight to bring down centuries of legal, social and cultural bias against people who are bisexual, transgendered and/or lesbian and gay. In many year-end round-ups, the media remembered 1997 as a high-point for the acceptance of homosexuality--epitomized by the success of the ABC sitcom Ellen, which stars an out-lesbian actress in an out-lesbian role. In some other world, all the talk about the diversity of human sexuality and the damage done by demonizing difference might have […]


Still Killing the Messenger

A feature film prompts a new round of attacks on Gary Webb

Detail from 'Kill the Messenger' poster

For the Washington Post and other major newspapers, the release of the movie about Gary Webb--Kill The Messenger--was just a new opportunity to smear his reputation.


Propaganda Wars

In post-9/11 conflicts, media often misidentify the victors

ISIS recruits

In every war, there is a difference between reported news and what really happened, but during the Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria campaigns, the outside world has been left with misconceptions even about the identity of the victors.


With Marijuana, the Obvious Is Incendiary

It’s hard to argue pot is riskier than alcohol—but many pundits did

Barack & the Weed Talk

American society devotes significant resources to a punitive approach to one substance, while fully legalizing and normalizing other far more dangerous and addictive substances.


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.


Guest List for Fox's "Special Report" and CNN's "Wolf Blitzer Reports"

FAIR's study of guests on Fox's Special Report with Brit Hume and CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports identified the Democratic or Republican party affiliations of professional political guests, and identified all guests as either conservatives or non-conservatives. Non-conservative guests could range from center-right to left, and also included guests with no discernable ideology. Although FAIR did not attempt to identify how many guests were liberals or progressives, it is clear that virtually none appeared on Special Report with Brit Hume . Four of the six Democrats who appeared on the show are well-known centrist or conservative figures in their party--senators Joe […]