This week on CounterSpin: campaign coverage is often derided as superficial, but the media performance of the past week takes the cake. Why have a series of unsubstantiated claims about John Kerry’s Vietnam service become the defining issue of the presidential race? We’ll talk to Brian Montopoli of the Columbia Journalism Review’s Campaign Desk about the Swift Boat controversy.
Also this week: we’ll talk to a radio host from Silver City, New Mexico whose show on station KNFT had offered a little balance to the right leaning station’s other programming. What happened once his show hit the air? Kyle Johnson, the host of “Radio Free Silver,” will join us to tell us his story.
Ambush!, by Brian Montopoli, Thomas Lang, & Zachary Roth (CJR Campaign Desk, 8/25/04)
Hot Air: A Talk-Radio Controversy Raises the Question of Just What Really Is “Un-American” on the Airwaves, by David A. Fryxell (Desert Exposure, 8/04)