This week on CounterSpin: The debate over the White House-backed economic stimulus package has featured all kinds of media misdeeds—an overreliance on Republican rejectionists and an absence of actual economists talking about the plan, just for starters. Pundits and editorial writers have warned us about another problem: the prospect of a global trade war, thanks to the Democrats' protectionism. Is all the media anger totally misplaced? We'll talk to Lori Wallach of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division.
Also on the show: Venezuelans have a referendum this weekend but the U.S. corporate press corps voted long ago: Chávez we hear routinely is not just a bad person but a bad leader who is trashing the country's economy. Such arguments are generally pretty low on actual data; we'll get a less hysterical assessment from Dan Beeton of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, which has just published a new report on 10 Years of the Chávez administration.
— Buy America Brouhaha: What Are the EU and Canada Hollering About? (Global Trade Watch, 2/5/09)
— The Chávez Administration at 10 Years: The Economy and Social Indicators, by Mark Weisbrot, Rebecca Ray & Luis Sandoval (Center for Economic and Policy Research, 2/09)