This week on CounterSpin: When a study in the British Medical journal The Lancet found that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died as a consequence of the war, the Lancet was dismissed by George W. Bush, who called its methodology flawed. American media outlets also cast doubt, calling the peer-reviewed findings “disputed” and pointing to lower, less scientific numbers as more reliable. Daniel Davies, a writer for the Comment Is Free blog on the website of London’s Guardian, will join us to explain why the critics are wrong.
Also on the show: The FCC’s war on what they call “indecency” has led to a tenfold increase in fines levied to stations. A new report outlines how that, combined with a high degree of uncertainty about just what might be judged indecent next, is already leading to a chilling “risk avoidance” among creative artists. But we’ll hear from veteran children’s programming advocate Peggy Charren about the effect censorship has on the kids it’s supposed to be protecting.
—The numbers do add up, by Daniel Davies (Comment is Free, 10/12/06)