Dec 19 2008

Michael Ratner on detainee abuse report, Alfie Kohn on education nominee


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This week on CounterSpin: When the Senate Armed Services Committee issued a report finding former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other high officials responsible for abusive treatment of detainees in
Guantánamo, Iraq and Afghanistan–with few exceptions, the media played the story down, preferring, for instance, righteous anger over embroiled Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. We’ll discuss the Senate report with the Center for Constitutional Rights’ Michael Ratner, whose book, The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld, was published in September.

Also on CounterSpin today, Obama’s pick for education secretary drew more attention than you might have expected–in large part because the press corps was lobbying Obama to make a more conservative choice. What do the media mean when they talk about things like education “reform”? We’ll be joined by author and education expert Alfie Kohn to talk about the media’s role in this debate, and what we should make of Obama’s choice of Arnie Duncan.


The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld, by Michael Ratner

Beware School ‘Reformers’, by Alfie Kohn (Nation, 12/10/08)