Oct 02 2015

Rebecca Vallas on Welfare Shaming, David Baron on Air Polluters

Air pollution (cc photo: Craig Nagy)

The growing number of people, many with jobs, relying on some form of aid isn’t enough to shake the notion that economic need is something you can shame people out of. And media recite the protests of polluting industries without interrogating them.

Sep 25 2015

Dean Baker on Drug Prices, Brandon Garrett on Corporate Crime

Martin Shkreli on NBC News

Drug company CEO Martin Shkreli became the target of public outrage by raising the price of a drug from $13 to $750 a tablet. Plus: The Volkwagen case raises yet again the question of whether our legal system can adequately respond to corporate crime.

Sep 18 2015

Jesse Hagopian on Seattle vs. Education ‘Reform,’ Rachel Meeropol on Justice for 9/11 Detainees

Seattle Education Association banner (photo: Seattle Education 2010)

Seattle teachers held what looks like a successful strike, 100 percent of one high school class opted out of standardized tests, and the state Supreme Court declared charters unconstitutional. CounterSpin talks to a Seattle teacher about what it all means.

Sep 11 2015

Raed Jarrar on Syrian Refugee Crisis, Tim Karr on Net Neutrality Trickery

Syrian refugees in Jordan (photo: Russell Watkins/UK Department for International Development)

If heartbreaking images of refugees fleeing Syria drive you to want to know more, don’t expect much help from US media, who are not that interested to get at the roots of the situation. Plus: Why are we now seeing op-eds declaring net neutrality in jeopardy?

Sep 04 2015

Nima Shirazi on Iran Deal, Mark Trahant on Native Americans

CBS News on Iran deal coverage

The debate over the Iran deal has featured a wealth of misinformation about Iran and the pact itself. Plus: If indigenous people are, as the New York Times said, an “important political constituency,” why do we see so little news about them?

Aug 28 2015

Felicia Kornbluh on ‘Welfare Reform’ Anniversary

Bill Clinton signing the "welfare reform" bill

Elite media, having championed hard for the dismantling of the safety net known as “welfare reform,” were markedly less interested in tracking the human fallout.

Aug 21 2015

Katrina: 10 Years of Media Neglect

Katrina survivors in the Astrodome (photo: Andrea Booher/FEMA)

As we look to see how media will talk about ongoing effects of Katrina and the aftermath on the 10-year anniversary, a special episode of CounterSpin looks back on how media have covered–or not–the disaster over the past decade.

Aug 13 2015

Dean Spade on Trans Justice


Exploring the particular struggles that affect gender non-conforming people requires asking some difficult questions, not just about this country’s attitudes toward gender but about its respect for human rights. How deep are media willing to go?