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.

Aug
30
2013

Phyllis Bennis on Syria, Harvey Wasserman on Fukushima

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This week on CounterSpin: The horrible images out of Syria have U.S. politicians and corporate media talking about U.S. as a matter of when, not if. Is it Iraq all over again? We'll talk with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies.

Also on the show: Leaks of irradiated water at the Fukushima nuclear plant are far worse than previously acknowledged, and the utility says it's not sure it can stop them or even monitor them properly. But what will it take to take a technology with as many powerful friends as nuclear power off the table? We’ll talk with journalist and activist Harvey Wasserman about Fukushima and the anti-nuke movement.

Aug
23
2013

Gary Younge on 'I Have a Dream,' Susan Ohanian on Common Core

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Media are flooding with coverage commemorating the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech. But corporate media's King says more about their own self-image and desire for 'post-racialism' than about King's actual ideas or the actual state of U.S. race relations. We'll separate myth from reality with Gary Younge, author of the new book, The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream.

Also on CounterSpin today, media tell us that the new Common Core educational standards are opposed by a frightening coalition of critics on the left and right. Like many of the debates over public schools, Common Core is made to sound like common sense: Let's set higher standards and help America's schoolchildren succeed. But what’s obscured by that picture? We'll talk to education writer and activist Susan Ohanian.

Aug
16
2013

Heidi Boghosian on 'Spying on Democracy,' Laura Gottesdiener on Foreclosures

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Edward Snowden's NSA's surveillance disclosures have sparked a debate over privacy, spying and civil liberties. A new book tells the history of those issues, and warns about the threat to democracy posed by snooping government agencies and corporations. We'll talk to author Heidi Boghosian about her book 'Spying on Democracy.'

Also on the program: While headlines declare a housing ‘recovery,’ thousands of people are still losing their homes to bank-driven foreclosure. But then elite media think of housing as a ‘market’ issue, rather than a story about community and human rights. A new book explores how people are fighting back not just against foreclosures but against that worldview as well. Our guest is journalist Laura Gottesdiener, author of 'A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for A Place to Call Home.'

Aug
09
2013

David Cay Johnston on Washington Post Sale, Jaisal Noor on Oak Creek Anniversary

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This week on CounterSpin: In a move that seemed to surprise everyone, the Washington Post was sold to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. In an era of billionaire media moguls, what could this mean? We'll ask veteran reporter David Cay Johnston. lso on CounterSpin today, One year ago a white supremacist killed six and injured many more at a Sikh temple, or Gurdwara, in Oak Creek Wisconsin. The atrocity and its one year commemoration haven't got the attention that some other massacres have received, but a lot is going on in Oak Creek. We'll talk to The Real News's Jaisal Noor about the one year anniversary.

Aug
02
2013

Trevor Timm on Bradley Manning, Darwin BondGraham on Detroit

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This week on CounterSpin: The verdict in the trial of Bradley Manning came in—and so much of the corporate media finally covered the trial. Manning was found not guilty of aiding the enemy, which was taken as good news. But what else should concern press freedom advocates? We'll speak with Trevor Tim of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Also on CounterSpin today, Over the express disapproval of the city’s residents, Michigan’s Republican governor has appointed an emergency manager to run the city of Detroit, with the power to declare bankruptcy and void union contracts. Some present it as a way to ‘save’ Detroit from an economic crisis; where others see an anti-democratic maneuver to favor Detroit’s creditors over its workers, both active and retired. We’ll hear from sociologist and journalist Darwin BondGraham about that.

Jul
26
2013

Michael Smallberg on Revolving Door Regulators, Keane Bhatt on This (Central) American Life

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Michael Smallberg of the Project on Government Oversight talks about what it means when a powerful federal regulator leaves to join one of the entities he used to regulate. And NACLA's Keane Bhatt discusses what's missing in This American Life's coverage of Central America.

Jul
19
2013

Robin Kelley on Trayvon Martin, Jodi Jacobson on Abortion Rights

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The George Zimmerman not guilty verdict was upsetting to those who campaigned for justice for Trayvon Martin, but it wasn't necessarily surprising to those who have seen too many examples of similar killings of young people of color go unpunished. We'll speak with UCLA professor Robin Kelley about how the person on trial wasn't Zimmerman—it was Trayvon Martin.

Also on CounterSpin today, the state-by state-assault on women's reproductive rights isn't completely ignored by the media; State Sen. Wendy Davis' epic filibuster got a lot of coverage, even is much of is wasn't all that illuminating. But are media treating the assault as the national story many say it is? We'll talk to Jodi Jacobson, women's health advocate and the editor of RH Reality Check.org.