This week on CounterSpin: The Boston bombings were labeled as terrorist attacks almost from the start. But what does that label mean, and how is it used? We’ll talk to Cal State University of Chico professor Beau Grosscup about how the term is used—and perhaps misused—and what that means.
Also on CounterSpin today, much of the town of West, Texas was destroyed in an explosion at the West Fertilizer plant on April 18. Why was there 270 tons of explosive ammonium nitrate in a plant nestled among homes and schools? Because criminal laws were being broken, says famed EPA whistleblower Hugh Kaufman, who will join us to critique media portrayals of the disaster as merely a matter of regulatory oversights.
–“Use of Terrorism,” Institute for Public Accuracy (4/17/13)
–“Famed EPA Whistleblower Hits Media Coverage of ‘Criminal’ Texas Plant Explosion,” by Greg Mitchell (The Nation, 4/23/13)