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

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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?

Aug 7 2015

Jodi Jacobson on Planned Parenthood, John R. Platt on Animal Extinction

Planned Parenthood "sting" video

Two recent stories that are hard to miss, but about which some might say most media are missing the point. First, an anti-abortion group is releasing ‘sting’ videos claiming to show that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal body parts, but rather than focus on sorting facts from flame-fanning, media are spending time scoring the grandstanding match among Republican politicians. Jodi Jacobsen of RH Reality Check will join us to talk about who might profit most from this story.

Also on the show: The killing of the popular African lion known as Cecil by a bounty hunter led some into an unhelpful parlor game of lions vs. people: which do you care about? Journalists could move the conversation off that dime with a thoughtful examination of the state of animal preservation and the impact of extinction on us all. What might that look like? We’ll hear from journalist John R. Platt, who writes about extinction as well as other environmental issues for Scientific American among other outlets.

Jul 31 2015

Ed Morales on Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, Beth Haller on Disability Rights

Protesting government shutdown in Puerto Rico

The debt crisis has already meant closing schools, losing jobs and shutting off healthcare options, so what does it mean that on the mainland, what’s happening in Puerto Rico is just a business story?

Jul 24 2015

Brendan Fischer on Wisconsin Campaign Corruption, Lee Fang on Eric Holder’s Revolving Door

Eric Holder (cc photo: North Charleston)

Elite media’s utter lack of interest in former US Attorney General Eric Holder going from investigating big financial interests to representing them at law firm Covington & Burling suggests that outrage is outre.

Jul 17 2015

Gareth Porter on Iran Deal, Mohamed Shehk on Prison Reform

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The New York Times tells readers Barack Obama was moved to negotiate a deal with Iran because of his personal “faith in diplomacy.” Our guest has an alternate view.

Jul 10 2015

Costas Panayotakis on Greek ‘No’ Vote, Rachel Nolan on Dominican Displacement

New York Post: Greek Tragedy

The New York Post headline “Greek Tragedy: Nation Commits Economic Suicide” was only yelling what was spoken elsewhere: that Greek voters invited ruin with their “No” vote on an austerity referendum.

Jul 3 2015

James Loewen on Racism and US History

Teaching What Really Happened

The Fourth of July weekend will doubtless feature media chatter about what America “stands for,” and how our history has shaped us. But much of the talk will bear little relationship to the country’s actual history, which is roughly a million times more complicated and conflict-riddled than the image we are usually presented.