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Sam Husseini on Gaza Freedom March, Dean Baker on WaPo & Fiscal Times


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: It had the elements of a nightly news story: Protestors, including some Americans, being abused by officials in an Arab country. But this story was a non-starter with U.S. media. We’ll talk to Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy, who just left Egypt where a delegation of human rights activists were abused by Egyptian police when they protested that country’s refusal to let them cross the Egyptian border into Gaza for a Freedom March. Also on the show: The Washington Post has been on the deficit hawk beat for some time, so […]


Truth on Advertising

What standard for truth in advertising does the New York Times use in publishing advocacy ads? A double standard, an exchange of letters received by FAIR suggests. The first letter was sent by Sam Husseini, media director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (and former FAIR staffer), when he saw an ad in the New York Times (9/17/97) placed by a group called Americans for a Safe Israel. The ad made a number of dubious claims–for example, it said that the Palestinian Authority had made “no arrests” of Hamas activists, directly contradicting a story the Times itself had published a week […]


The Money Taboo in Health Reform Coverage

Industry donations to powerful players often go unmentioned

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/Free Grunge Textures

As powerful lawmakers debate healthcare legislation of enormous potential impact, corporate media have largely failed to explore the problem of health and insurance industries attempting to influence many of these legislators with a flood of campaign contributions. Despite Deep Throat’s urging journalists to “follow the money,” there’s a longstanding media taboo against discussing the role of campaign contributions in healthcare initiatives (Extra!, 1-2/04). This reluctance is particularly striking this year, when health industry spending on lobbying efforts and political contributions is unprecedented. In what the Washington Post (7/6/09) referred to as “a record-breaking influence campaign by the healthcare industry,” $1.4 […]


Index: A

—————— 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, […]


Mark Benjamin on Iraq Vets, Sam Husseini on Washington Stakeout


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: a Washington Post series on deplorable conditions at the Walter Reed Military Hospital has made veterans’ care a front-burner media issue. But the story’s anything but new; we’ll speak with reporter Mark Benjamin, who has been documenting sub-standard health care for veterans for the past 4 years. Also on CounterSpin today, with politicians so accustomed to reporters lofting softball questions derived from press releases, just plain journalism can be a form of activism. Simply asking the sorts of questions reporters ought to is the goal of, a new project by Sam Husseini, […]


The Power of Conservative Spinning

How the right outguns the left in the PR wars

In addition to being a journalism professor (whose courses have included Politics of Media), I’m the host of a nationally aired TV program, Enviro Close-Up. My producer, Joan Flynn, and I get many e-mails proposing subjects and guests for the show—the overwhelming majority from conservative public relations companies promoting conservative guests. In terms of volume and intensity, there’s nothing comparable from the progressive world. Speaking of the politics of media, it’s a clear and daily demonstration to me of how the right, far more than the left, realizes the importance of communication. “Special Guests” The most active PR operation that […]


Extra! September/October 2004

Articles in the print edition If Only They Had Invented the Internet By Jim Naureckas The Trial Lawyer Rap By Peter Hart News For the White & Wealthy by James Owens & Scott Sanders Media Mind-Readers By Sam Husseini Is “Indecency” Harmful to Minors? By Judith Levine Spinning The Bomb By Karl Grossman


Media Mind-Readers

Pretending to know official motives is not journalism

As the U.S. government pressured the U.N. Security Council in October 2002 to endorse an invasion of Iraq, NBC anchor Tom Brokaw reported (10/17/02): “In Washington, administration officials worry that the continuing U.N. debate will only embolden Saddam if the language of the resolution is loaded with ambiguities.” By talking about the officials’ “worry,” Brokaw was reporting not simply on what they said, but on their alleged internal state of mind. It’s a chronic problem in the media: The beliefs, motivations and intentions of certain preferred sources—usually U.S. government officials—are described matter-of-factly by the press, as though reporters had the […]