This week on CounterSpin: Census Bureau data showing one in six Americans live in poverty was received soberly by the press corps, but should it have surprised them? And what about next week, when the government doesn’t release a report and people are still poor? We’ll talk with journalist Neil deMause about media’s treatment of poverty and the poor.
Also on the show: Mainstream reporting on the Palestinian bid for UN recognition regularly employs loaded language in portraying the initiative as and underhanded gambit which is threatening to the U.S. and Israel. But exactly how does the Palestinian bid threaten anyone? And has the U.S. press always disdained unilateralism in Middle East? We’ll talk with Phyllis Bennis, the director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.
–“Bye-Bye ‘Peace Process’ — Palestine Comes to the UN,” by Phyllis Bennis (IPS, 9/21/11)