Search Results for: Todd Tucker

Oct
21
2011

Todd Tucker on trade deals, Karuna Jaggar on Think Before You Pink

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The congressional passage of so-called 'free trade' agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama was met with applause by many in the corporate media. The cheering was not only for the corporate friendly provisions of the bills, but for what journalists insist was the bipartisan support for the legislation. Todd Tucker of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch will join us with a different view of the trade pacts. Also on the show: From pink dog toys to pink...handguns? There's no escaping Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sure, some of it's crass, but it raises a […]

Sep
24
2010

Reza Aslan on Turkey, Todd Tucker on free trade agreements

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Turkey voted on a package of constitutional reforms this month. The message you heard in much of the media coverage is that the victory for the ruling Islamic party, Justice and Development, is more evidence that Turkey is drifting in the wrong direction, shunning the West and playing to its Islamic majority. But does this analysis make sense? We'll talk to author and professor Reza Aslan. Also on the show: More so-called free trade agreements are on the White House agenda; Obama says they're the way to increase exports, which is the way to […]

Aug
01
2008

Juan Cole on Iraq/Afghanistan, Todd Tucker on WTO talks

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The media debate on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars seems to rest on the assumption that the troop surge in Iraq has "worked," and more troops in Afghanistan would help turn that conflict in the favor of U.S. and NATO forces. That's the consensus view, but does it make any sense? We'll ask University of Michigan professor Juan Cole. Also on Counterspin today, the Wall Street Journal wonders whether the recent collapse of World Trade Organization talks means the end of the "free trade era that has done so much to spread prosperity". Yet […]

Feb
01
2012

The Trade Debate That Wasn't Reported

Critics of deals outnumbered more than 4-to-1 in NYT, WSJ

Photo Credit: Public Citizen

In the 16 months leading up to the congressional vote on a set of trade deals with Korea, Colombia and Panama in mid-October, news reporting on the agreements scarcely mentioned that critics existed; when they were acknowledged, their objections were frequently mischaracterized. With media doing little to evaluate misleading claims made by the trade pacts’ proponents, all three were approved by Congress by considerable margins. There were two major points that opponents of the trio of deals—including labor, environmental, consumer and even Tea Party groups—consistently emphasized in reports, press releases, letters and direct outreach to reporters. First, these trade deals […]