In January 2013, the Los Angeles Times (1/4/13) published an explosive story about alleged criminality in the L.A. Police Department. Two veteran officers, Luis Valenzuela and James Nichols, were under investigation for using the threat of jail to force at least four different women they had previously arrested to have sex with them. Such crimes are legally known as “rape.” But the Times avoided using that term, inexplicably employing every other word and phrase imaginable—including “sex crimes,” “sexual favors” and “forced sex”—to describe what the officers were accused of. Worse still, the Times unquestioningly regurgitated police excuses for why it […]
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Media amplify Yousafzai’s criticisms of Taliban, not US drones
Malala Yousafai's remarks portraying the US government as anything but heroic were ignored by most major US media outlets—particularly her insistence that the US government and the Taliban are both obstacles to women’s rights in the tribal regions of Pakistan, a sentiment she bravely expressed to President Obama when she met with him in the Oval Office on October 11.
Media misgendering reflects broader transphobia
The transgender community has long been disrespected and mocked in the corporate media, and the summer of 2013 was no exception. Nowhere was this more evident than in the willful misgendering of US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley. The day after she was sentenced to 35 years in prison, Manning came out as transgender. “I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female,” declared Manning in a statement read by her lawyer on the Today show (8/22/13). “I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also […]
The confusing debate over Syria and on-again, off-again U.S. military strikes leaves out a lot—like the work of non-violent activists inside the country. Journalist Rania Khalek joins us to talk about that—and some of what they have to say about the debate over U.S. bombing.
Also on CounterSpin today, writer and activist Barrett Brown faces decades in prison for linking to a WikiLeaks page. Why is he being targeted by the federal government, and what does it say that a federal judge imposed a gag order on Brown, again, a journalist? We’ll talk to Peter Ludlow, who has been following Brown’s case for the Nation magazine.
Viewing women earners through an upper-class prism
An analysis showing women as the sole or primary source of income in 40 percent of American homes—up from 11 percent in 1960—garnered considerable attention from the establishment press. But partisan bickering over “traditional” gender roles meant that the alarming disparities among working mothers went largely unreported.
Delhi has 'alarming' power structure, Steubenville 'promising' young men
The brutal gang rape of a university student in Delhi last December out-raged the establishment media, which were quick to paint India as a nation plagued by deep-seated sexism and misogyny. The New York Times opined (12/29/12) that the rape reflected “an alarming trend in India” of “tolerat[ing] shocking abuse of women” who are “shamed into silence and callously disregarded by a male-dominated power structure” and therefore “never go to the authorities to seek justice.” The Times went on to lament that “women are routinely blamed for inciting the violence against them,” which is why “India must work on changing […]
Victims become villains in U.S. coverage
Malcolm X once said, “If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” Nowhere is this warning more relevant than in the corporate media’s one-sided coverage of Israel’s latest assault on Gaza, which left 160 Palestinians dead, including 105 civilians and 34 children (Palestine Centre for Human Rights). In stark contrast, rockets fired into Israel claimed the lives of four Israeli civilians and two soldiers. One civilian death is one too many, no matter which side suffers, but a kill rate of nearly 27 Palestinians […]
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin. The debt ceiling has been lifted; that fixed everything, right? Well, the Democratic base is unhappy with the White House capitulation, the ratings agencies still aren't sure the United States has its fiscal house in order, and there's nothing here to address the jobs crisis. Of the budget cuts we've been hearing about, reports say that one early slice comes from the military budget--with a second round of potentially larger cuts possible in a few months. But is that really true? We'll talk it over with Bill Hartung of the Arms and Security Project. […]