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.
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.
This week on CounterSpin: As a big part of the media discussion on Egypt's coup focuses on whether it was indeed a coup, Middle East Report editor Chris Toensing says we are asking the wrong questions. He'll join us to talk Egypt, year three.
Also on the show: Public broadcastingss Gwen Ifill says, media "spend a long time talking about the sequester and the fiscal cliff and all of these terrible things which are about to happen. They didn't really happen." Should we all be as relieved as Ifill suggests about the real world impact of sequestration? We'll hear from Nation contributor and ThinkProgress economic policy editor Bryce Covert.
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: An immigration reform bill passed the Senate and is headed for the House, but after its trip through the political machinery, does it look at all like what immigrant communities might’ve hoped for? We’ll hear from journalist Maegan Ortiz, publisher of VivirLatino.com. Also this week: The message of Obama's trip to Africa was trade not aid, and bringing more electricity to countries that desperately need it. But what does such rhetoric conceal about U.S. Africa policy? We'll speak with Syracuse professor Horace Campbell. LINKS: --VivirLatino -"Obama in Africa," by Horace Campbell (CounterPunch, 6/26/13)
The Supreme Court is grabbing the front pages with rulings on marriage equality and the Voting Rights Act. But the Court's curious ruling on affirmative action raises plenty of questions—especially about where the discussion of that issue might be headed next. We'll speak to Kimberle Crenshaw of the African American Policy Forum about that.
And Barack Obama gave a major address on climate change. What it signaled, rhetorically or otherwise, was very much up for debate. The media discussion included plenty from Obama's critics in the fossil fuel industry, but what were the environmentalist critiques of the policy? We'll talk to Public Citizen's Tyson Slocum.
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is either a whistleblower or a traitor, depending on whom you listen to. We'll hear from Kathleen McClellan of the Government Accountability Project about Snowden and the NSA. Also on CounterSpin: Veteran consumer rights activist Ralph Nader joins us to talk about his new book Told You So. He'll share his thoughts about a media system that too often silences the voices of dissent.