Search Results for: Norman Solomon

Feb
08
2013

Norman Solomon on Iraq War Ten Years Ago, Richard Kim on Ed Koch

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This week on CounterSpin: "Irrefutable" was the headline on the Washington Post editorial responding to Secretary of State Colin Powell's UN presentation making the case for war on Iraq. That was ten years ago this week; we'll talk with author and activist Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org about how much difference there is between then and now.

Also on the show: Reading the eulogies for late New York City mayor Ed Koch, you'd think he was a universally loved figure. But for the not so adoring, Koch is remembered as an antagonist of ethnic minorities who presided over massive corruption and failed to adequately confront the emerging HIV/AIDS pandemic. We'll explore how Koch dealt with the pandemic with Nation editor Richard Kim.

Aug
30
2012

Media Beat - Norman Solomon

Media Beat was a weekly syndicated column on media and politics written by FAIR associate Norman Solomon that ran in newspapers across the country. Until 1996, the column was co-written by Jeff Cohen, then FAIR's executive director. Utne Reader called Solomon one of "the fiercest and most articulate media critics around." A Los Angeles Times reviewer wrote: "The bold, muckraking tone of these columns offers a welcome respite from the decerebrated discourse that too often passes for contemporary journalism." Norman Solomon’s latest book is Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State (autumn 2007). He is the author […]

Aug
20
2010

Hannah Gurman on Iraq, Norman Solomon on Petraeus and Afghanistan

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: One war is ending, while the other is the subject of a major PR blitz. Right on schedule, we're told, Operation Iraqi Freedom is winding down, with live TV coverage relaying the images of the final U.S. combat brigades leaving the country. The caveats to the story of the "end" of the war are abundant—tens of thousands of troops and private contractors remain, and some are already suggesting they'll be there longer than we've been told. So how does a war that isn't really ending actually end? Hannah Gurman wrote about the Orwellian state […]

Jan
22
2010

Norman Solomon on Mass. election, Glenn Greenwald on anonymous sources

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Corporate media chatter about the Republican Senate victory in Massachusetts reflects participants’ priorities: which means you're unlikely to hear advice offered to Democrats other than that they should act more like Republicans. Is that the takeaway? We'll get another angle from journalist and activist Norman Solomon. Also on the show: Anonymous news sources are a journalistic scourge, abetting some of the worst policies of our times, and allowing the powerful to escape accountability. But are they simply an occasional problem in reporting, or central to the way corporate journalism operates? We'll talk to Salon's […]

Dec
04
2009

Norman Solomon on Afghan escalation, Robert Naiman on Afghan civil war

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: 30,000 new troops to Afghanistan at the 'fastest possible pace,' President Obama has declared, are in our vital national interest. The Washington Post called it a strong but carefully calibrated to Afghanistan and Pakistan, describing the plan as "a counterinsurgency strategy aimed at protecting the Aghan population." Perhaps some message shifting going on, about whether US actions are aimed at helping Afghans or defending ourselves, (or maybe you can take your pick) but what doesn't seem up for serious discussion is whether the actions will have the effect of doing either. We’ll be talking […]

Jan
23
2009

Norman Solomon on Obama's inauguration, Ann Jones on Afghanistan

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The inauguration of President Barack Obama was undoubtedly historic, and was covered as such by the corporate media. But what are we to make of the idea that the media have gone gaga for Obama? And what are the pundits and editorial writers pushing for from Obama in the first place? Author and columnist Norman Solomon will join us to talk it over. Also on CounterSpin today: "Major Push is Needed to Save Afghanistan, General Says" was the headline on a recent major daily story. Our guest says reporters need to be asking questions […]

Apr
25
2008

Norman Solomon on Pentagon pundits, Sheldon Rampton on Earth Day greenwashing

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: An April 20th New York Times investigation reveals a secret Pentagon propaganda program providing military pundits with talking points to repeat in media-- in some cases even when "they suspected the information was false or inflated." But could the Pentagon pull off such a program without a willing media? We'll talk to "War Made Easy" author and FAIR associate Norman Solomon. Also on CounterSpin today: Much of the media's celebration of Earth Day involves giving space to corporations to tout their environmentally friendly practices in puff pieces and paid advertisements. Sheldon Rampton of the […]

Nov
23
2007

Norman Solomon on 'Made Love, Got War'

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Norman Solomon is a veteran author and media critic who has always been an activist. His latest book uses his own story as a lens to chronicle the political history of the last 50 years, helping us understand, as Daniel Ellsberg puts it in the foreward, "where we are now and how we got here." The book is called Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters With the Warfare State. This week we'll have a special extended interview with Norman Solomon. Link: — Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters With the Warfare State