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At Elite Media, ‘Scientific’ Racists Fit in Fine

Nicholas Wade’s NYT science writing thrilled white supremacists

Farmers in Ghana

Nicholas Wade’s embrace of the pseudoscience of eugenics raises questions about his tenure at the New York Times, and about corporate media vigilance when it comes to racism.


Letters to the Editor

Extra! April 2012

Journalists, Teachers and the War for Truth Journalists like Robert Jensen certainly do “rock” (Extra!, 3/12) but like we teachers are caught between that and a hard place. After 25 years of teaching “in the trenches,” I’ve always understood how the war for truth goes: Journalists are in the front lines and we teachers are the support troops. Both of our professions are fighting for truth in a world filled with lies and, as always in war, truth is the first casualty. Ray Peterson Buffalo, N.Y. Kettle Owes Pot Apology In the April 2011 edition of Extra!, a Soundbites piece […]


Guest Perspective: Journalists Rock! Journalism Sucks!

Why media activists should love the players and hate the game

Robert Jensen--Photo Credit: CommonDreams

At an antiwar conference with predominantly left/progressive activists, I began a talk on the failures of contemporary news media by asking how the group felt about teachers. There was a resounding cheer and calls to support teachers. Then I asked how they felt about journalists— and the reaction was mixed. Some people booed, others laughed, and one person shouted out, “I like real journalists!” Those responses weren’t surprising, given the role of an uncritical corporate news media in building support for the United States’ imperial wars of the past decade. Journalism routinely has failed to hold power accountable, especially in […]


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—————— Aarons, Leroy Beyond balance: thorough coverage of gay controversies is still the exception (Ott), 1-2/02;27 Abbas, Mahmoud Nixed signals [when Hamas hinted at peace, U.S. media didn’t take the message] (Ackerman), 9-10/06;10 ABC. see also Nightline ABC does “something useful” [programs on poor children], 11-12/91;19 ABC erased protesters [at the Oscars], 6/99up;3 ABC News goes for the gold, 9/92;16 ABC’s 1984 cover-up for the gipper, 3-4/90;15 ABC’s antiwar “reality check”: world news tonight minimizes support for withdrawal (Hart and Naureckas), 10/05up;4 ABC’s military analyst calls for “excessive force”: CSIS’s cordesman advocates brutality against Palestinians (Ackerman), 1-2/01;23 ABC’s one-color TV, […]


‘Tribal’ Label Distorts African Conflicts

Ethnic framing may obscure political contexts

Raila Odinga--Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/DEMOSH

When post-election violence erupted in Kenya at the end of December, U.S. media quickly settled into a familiar story: African tribes were savagely tearing each other apart. Journalists described the events as “savage tribal killings” (L.A. Times, 1/2/08), “gruesome ethnic killings” (Washington Post, 1/6/08) and “tribal riots” (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 1/3/08). “This is a tribal situation,” explained CBS (Early Show, 1/2/08). “And what is terrifying is that the veneer of this country is so thin, that there’s so much tension and hatred that’s been here all along.” The crisis began after Kenyans voted in the country’s December 27 presidential […]


Robert Jensen on Newsweek’s Quran Story, Karl Grossman on Weapons in Space

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The word is out: Newsweek committed a mortal journalistic sin by reporting that interrogators at Guantánamo desecrated a Quran, and the story resulted in deaths in Afghanistan. Well, that’s what the White House would like you to believe. We’ll talk to journalism professor Robert Jensen from the University of Texas at Austin with another view. Also on the show: Not satisfied with an open-ended “war on terror” that spans the planet, the Bush White House now sets its sights on space. Investigative environmental reporter Karl Grossman has been trying to get journalists to pay […]


Robert Jensen on Iraq explosives, Rob Perks on environmental coverage

Download MP3 For several weeks there has been talk of a possible October surprise– a stunt engineered by the Bush team to win the election. But another story stole the spotlight– the NY Times and CBS broke the news of hundreds of tons of explosive materials in Iraq that apparently cannot be accounted for. The Bush team and their friends in the media pushed back hard, accusing the liberal media of trying to defeat Bush. What can we say about the story, and the media’s response to these charges? We’ll ask Robert Jensen, professor of journalism at the University of […]


Michael Froomkin on torture memos, Robert Jensen on 9/11 Commission

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: If the White House release of documents on June 22nd was meant to staunch the bad publicity from earlier leaks showing the Bush administration’s permissive views on harsh treatment of Iraqi and Afghan prisoners, many, even in the mainstream media aren’t buying the spin. We’ll talk to Michael Froomkin of University of Miami law school and the website Also on the show: The interim reports of the 9/11 Commission got big media play last week. The findings seemed straight-forward enough: they found no evidence of a connection between Iraq and Sept. 11 attacks, […]