This week on CounterSpin: Before media were saying Obama’s declaration of support for same sex marriage shows how far we’ve come, they were saying how North Carolina’s constitutional amendment banning recognition of those marriages shows how far we have to go. Both can be true, of course, but what did media miss about North Carolina’s Amendment One that might’ve changed that ‘you win some, you lose some’ framing? We’ll hear from activist and writer Kenyon Farrow on that.
Also on CounterSpin today, U.S. media have covered the Arab Spring uprisings pretty thoroughly—if not always with the kind of context or critical eye they should. But the democracy activists on the island of Bahrain have never much captured the media spotlight here. And now the United States is sending the kingdom’s repressive government more weapons. We’ll speak to Bahraini journalist Nada Alwadi about what’s happening.
–“The Real Lesson of North Carolina’s Amendment 1,” by Kenyon Farrow (Colorlines, 5/11/12)
–“Crisis has Altered Bahrain’s Media,” by Nada Alwadi (Daily Star, 5/14/12)