This week on CounterSpin: Media are flooding with coverage commemorating the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. But corporate media’s King says more about their own self-image and desire for “post-racialism” than about King’s actual ideas or the actual state of U.S. race relations – then or now. We’ll separate myth from reality with Guardian correspondent Gary Younge, author of the new book The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream.
Also on CounterSpin today: One message media are sending about the new Common Core educational standards–they’re opposed by a frightening coalition of critics on the left and right. Like many of the debates over public schools, Common Core is made to sound like common sense: Let’s set higher standards and help America’s schoolchildren succeed. But what’s obscured by that picture? We’ll talk to education writer and activist Susan Ohanian.
–Haymarket Books: The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream