This week on CounterSpin: John McCain may have fired-up the GOP base with his pick of Sarah Palin as a running mate, and his campaign’s increasingly rancorous rhetoric, but along the way his campaign has made a number of claims that beg for media scrutiny. We’ll be joined by Jim Naureckas, the editor of FAIR’s publications, to discuss McCain campaign claims and how the media is doing covering them.
Also on CounterSpin today: As the 2008 presidential campaign intensifies, some attention is shifting to the four scheduled debates between the major party candidates. The events will be covered and analyzed every which way, but a more fundamental question might be left begging: Why are the debates structured this way in the first place? Is there a better way to measure the candidates? And what about including third-party contenders who are shut out of the current format? We’ll ask George Farah, executive director of Open Debates.