Oct
25
2013

Yves Smith on JPMorgan Chase, Linda Gunther on Pandora's Promise

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This week on CounterSpin: The Justice Department looks like it might pin a $13 billion fine on JP Morgan Chase for its role in the financial collapse and ensuing recession. But are they getting off easy? Wall Street media cheerleaders are saying Chase is being punished for things they didn't even do. But is that right? We'll talk to economics blogger Yves Smith of the website Naked Capitalism.
Also on CounterSpin today: CNN will air a pro-nuclear documentary on November 7. “Pandora’s Promise,” described by the New York Times as ‘as stacked as advocate movies get…a parade of like-minded nuclear-power advocates who assure us that everything will be all right.’ Why would a news channel air propaganda? The group Beyond Nuclear has been fact-checking Pandora’s Promise claims, well talk to the group’s found, Linda Gunter.

Oct
18
2013

Simone Campbell on Shutdown, Jo Ellen Green Kaiser on 'Where Is Your Plan B?'

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The government shutdown may be over, but there's no cause to celebrate for those hardest hit–-people already reeling from earlier austerity measures. Despite what you may have heard, the pain was not restricted to political 'losers' and those turned away from monuments. We'll hear from Sister Simone Campbell of the Catholic social justice lobby Network.

Also on the show: Plan B is not an abortion drug, not medically controversial, and since it can be taken 72 hours after sex it's not even a 'morning after' pill. A new project clears misconceptions around Plan B and tests whether it's actually as accessible as the law intends. Jo Ellen Green Kaiser of the Media Consortium will talk about that.

Oct
11
2013

Rebecca Vallas on 60 Minutes & Disability, Jeremy Scahill on War on Whistleblowers

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This week on CounterSpin: 60 Minutes joins the media crowd taking aim at disability benefits. What did they get wrong? We'll speak with disability advocate Rebecca Vallas.
Also on CounterSpin today: One of the speakers at a recent event on the state of U.S. journalism and its relationship to democracy was investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, author of the book Blackwater and more recently, Dirty Wars, also a documentary film. We're going to hear part of Scahill's remarks that night.

Oct
04
2013

Imara Jones on Government Shutdown, Ryan Koronowski on IPCC Report

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This week on CounterSpin: The government shutdown has pundits lamenting the same old Beltway dysfunction. But who's actually to blame for the shutdown? And who's affected? We'll speak to Imara Jones from ColorLines.

Also on the show: The U.N.'s latest climate report is out, and its findings are alarming. According to the scientists, they are as certain that we are causing warming as they are that cigarettes cause cancer, and the problem is not getting any better. So why are some outlets reporting the IPCC's findings as good news? We'll talk to Ryan Koronowski of Climate Progress about what the report actually says.

Sep
27
2013

Trudy Lieberman on Obamacare, David Swanson on Obama's UN speech

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The centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act will launch October 1st, but do the millions of Americans who qualify for the insurance exchanges have any idea what they're facing? If they do, that's little thanks to media, who until lately have been underserving the consumer angle on this consumer story. We'll hear from health care journalist Trudy Lieberman of the Columbia Journalism Review.

Also on the program: To many in the corporate media, Barack Obama's UN General Assembly speech signaled a retreat from militarism. This interpretation seems largely based on Obama's softer, more diplomatic tone regarding US-Iran relations. But was diplomacy the gist of the president's UN speech? We'll talk to peace activist and author David Swanson about that.

Sep
20
2013

Mike Konczal on Economic Collapse, Hugh MacMillan on Fracking Study

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This week on CounterSpin: Media tell us this week marks the fifth anniversary of the financial crisis since it was in September 2008 that global financial services firm Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy. Meanwhile 6 in 10 tell pollsters they don't think the country could avoid another collapse, which the Washington Post write-up called a "pessimistic outlook." But are people pessimistic or realistic in saying they just don't think there's been sufficient action taken to really change things? We’ll hear from financial blogger Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute about that.

Also on CounterSpin today, a new study of the controversial gas drilling tactic known as fracking seems to be good news for the industry—no surprise, since they funded it. But are the findings about methane leaks as good as the press reports make them sound? We'll put that question to Hugh MacMillan of the group Food and Water Watch.

Sep
13
2013

Rania Khalek on Syria, Peter Ludlow on Barrett Brown

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The confusing debate over Syria and on-again, off-again U.S. military strikes leaves out a lot—like the work of non-violent activists inside the country. Journalist Rania Khalek joins us to talk about that—and some of what they have to say about the debate over U.S. bombing.

Also on CounterSpin today, writer and activist Barrett Brown faces decades in prison for linking to a WikiLeaks page. Why is he being targeted by the federal government, and what does it say that a federal judge imposed a gag order on Brown, again, a journalist? We’ll talk to Peter Ludlow, who has been following Brown’s case for the Nation magazine.

Sep
06
2013

Gareth Porter on Syrian Intelligence, Mary Bottari on Larry Summers

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The White House continues to push for military attacks against Syria, dismissing negotiations and inspections, and many corporate media outlets have cheered the prospect. But some independent journalists have been busy scrutinizing the administration's case for war, and, frankly, it seems to be falling apart. We'll talk with independent reporter and historian Gareth Porter.

Also on the program: The frontrunner for new chair of the Federal Reserve is Larry Summers. If that sounds like putting an arsonist in charge of the Fire Department, you aren’t alone, but to read some press accounts, Summers not only wasn’t responsible for the financial crisis, he was the one who fixed it. We’ll hear from Mary Bottari of the Center for Media and Democracy about that.