This week on CounterSpin: As Bradley Manning’s court martial trial gets underway, journalists face real obstacles in trying to report on it, and they should be facing the constitutional issues the case raises. We’ll be joined by Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights and U.S. attorney for WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.
Also on the show: Are parents keeping their kids from learning how to read, so they can get a disability check from the state? The claim has come from some high places in elite media, which you won’t be surprised to learn, doesn’t make it true. We’ll speak with author and journalist Neil deMause about this not-so-new media canard.
— “Constitutional Rights Attorneys, Media Challenge Secrecy of Manning Court Martial in Civilian Court,” Center for Constitutional Rights (5/22/13)
— “Disabled Are New Target for Charges of Cheating,” by Neil deMause (Extra!, 6/13)