Jan 23 2009

Norman Solomon on Obama’s inauguration, Ann Jones on Afghanistan


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This week on CounterSpin: The inauguration of President Barack Obama was undoubtedly historic, and was covered as such by the corporate media. But what are we to make of the idea that the media have gone gaga for Obama? And what are the pundits and editorial writers pushing for from Obama in the first place? Author and columnist Norman Solomon will join us to talk it over.

Also on CounterSpin today: “Major Push is Needed to Save Afghanistan, General Says” was the headline on a recent major daily story. Our guest says reporters need to be asking questions about the U.S. military campaign that go beyond how many more troops and when to send them. Ann Jones has worked in Afghanistan and is author of the book Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan. We’ll hear from her on what’s missing from the media debate.


The Return of Triangulation, by Norman Solomon (Huffington Post, 1/19/09)