This week on CounterSpin: Sure, Million Dollar Baby is just a movie, but given how rarely the media spotlight ever makes it around to people with disabilities, the movie is bound to shape public opinion and understanding. So the questions provoked by the film would seem to deserve more thoughtful, and inclusive, journalistic treatment than they’ve thus far received. We’ll talk about media coverage of the controversial Oscar winning film and its ostensible message with NBC correspondent John Hockenberry, author also of “Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence.”
Also on the show: The average US media consumer might think democracy and freedom was flourishing in the Middle East. The latest round of media happy talk about the situation in the Middle East began with reporting on the January 30th Iraq elections, and since then the US media has provided a steady stream of rosy reporting about democracy on the march in Iraq and elsewhere in the region. Independent, unembedded journalist Dahr Jamail has just returned from Iraq, he’ll join us with another view.
—“And the Loser Is…,” by John Hockenberry (2/22/05)