This week on CounterSpin: Where things stand with the Arab Spring and drive for democracy in the region. U.S. interests have always been prioritized over human rights and democratic values; the people-powered uprisings have threatened the status quo and scrambled some of the usual media narratives. But how much? We’ll hear from MIT professor about longtime activist and critic Noam Chomsky about what has changed—and what hasn’t—over the past few months. Chomsky’s speech was part of FAIR’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Also on CounterSpin today, the remarkable story of Jose Antonio Vargas has brought discussions of immigration—and how it’s covered in the corporate media—back into the spotlight. In a story for the New York Times magazine, Vargas tells us of the lengths he went in order to conceal his status while a reporter at various major newspapers. His story has triggered questions about his impartiality—can an undocumented immigrant report on immigration? And it’s raised some hopes that perhaps his case, and activism around it, might improve the dialogue around immigration. We’ll talk it over with Monica Novoa of the Drop the I Word campaign.