May 18 2007

David Swanson on ‘benchmarks,’ Mark Potok on Dobbs and leprosy


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This week on CounterSpin: “benchmarks” is the new key word in the talk about pulling out of Iraq. It seems, according to the New York Times and others, that the best way to end the war is to draw up a To Do list… for Iraqis. Our guest finds something ludicrous in the whole discussion; we’ll hear from David Swanson of

Also on the show: CNN‘s Lou Dobbs is under fire for alleging that 7,000 cases of Leprosy have been identified in recent years in the U.S. and for implying that immigrants are responsible. We’ll be joined by Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center who has been going head to head with the CNN host in recent weeks.


They’re Not Benchmarks, by David Swanson (, 5/11/07)

Center Urges CNN to Retract False Reporting by Lou Dobbs (Southern Poverty Law Center, 5/9/07)