Oct 24 2008

Devin West on ‘collateral damage,’ Francesca Grifo on science and free speech


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This week on CounterSpin: Stories about civilian casualties inflicted by the U.S. military in Afghanistan or Iraq may be moving and troubling, but you virtually always come away with the sense that, while regrettable, such deaths are certainly always unintentional and somehow unavoidable in the midst of war. A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies looks at the policies and practices that make civilian casualties so foreseeable, actually, as to seem to be an actual strategy of U.S. warfare. We’ll talk to report co-author Devin West.

Also this week: We’ve heard about the battles between the Bush White House and various government scientific agencies–what reporter Chris Mooney dubbed the “Republican war on science.” But how does that battle play out in the media? If agency scientists can’t speak to the press, what effect does that have on journalists’–and more broadly, the public’s–right to know? Francesca Grifo of the Union of Concerned Scientists will join us to talk about her group’s new report on government science and the press.


Collateral Damage, by Devin West & Marcus Raskin (Institute for Policy Studies, 10/10/08)

Freedom to Speak?: A Report Card on Federal Agency Media Policies (Union of Concerned Scientists, 10/17/08)