This week on CounterSpin: Though Judge Samuel Alito revealed little and concealed much at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, the media are giving him good marks largely based on his demeanor. Apparently remaining unruffled qualifies one to be on the high court. We’ll talk to MediaChannel’s Danny Schechter about the Alito hearings.
Also on the show: Many media outlets have joined George W. Bush in proclaiming recently stricken Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon as a peacemaker. Clearly this description defies Sharon’s past. Our guest, University of San Francisco professor Stephen Zunes, says Sharon remained an obstacle to peace to the day he fell ill.
—After Alito: What Now? by Danny Schechter (Alternet, 1/16/06)
—Sharon’s Intransigence Remained Roadblock to Peace by Stephen Zunes (San Jose Mercury News, 1/8/06)