Dec 19 2014

David Dayen on Citibank and Cromnibus, Ladd Everitt on Gun Control

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Progressive Democrats launched an unexpected attack on a Congressional spending bill, leaving some pundits complaining once more about nasty Beltway polarization. But legislators were trying to do something substantive: Stop an attempt to roll back an important part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. Journalist David Dayen will join us to explain what was at stake.

Also this week: It was two years ago that 10 first graders and 6 adults were killed by a troubled young man with an assault rifle. Media were transfixed by the disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but did it affect the way they report on gun control? We’ll talk about guns and the press with Ladd Everitt, communications director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Dec 12 2014

Baher Azmy on Torture, Mel Goodman on Ashton Carter

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This week on CounterSpin: It’s hard to think of a time when a free press is more necessary than when the public needs to know about crimes committed in our name. So the release of a Senate report on CIA torture is a test for US media. We’ll talk about the report and the media response with Baher Azmy, legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Also this week: Ashton Carter will likely be the next Secretary of Defense. Press coverage tells us he’s a Rhodes Scholar, a physicist, and an ‘uber wonk.’ But else should we know about him, and what does his selection mean for US military policy? Author and military analyst Mel Goodman will join us to discuss that.

Dec 05 2014

Lindsay Beyerstein on Rolling Stone Rape Controversy, Amitabh Pal on Bhopal

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What critics are missing about Rolling Stone’s account of a shocking gang rape at the University of Virginia; and a report on the Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India, a crime that killed thousands that is far from over.

Nov 28 2014

Maegan Ortiz on Immigration Action, Hannah Guzik on Fracking the Poor

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This week on CounterSpin: Obama’s executive action on immigration has rightwing Republicans calling for impeachment, or at least censure, or at least defunding of any agencies involved in implementing it. So does that mean it’s good? We’ll hear from media maker and organizer Maegan Ortiz on what media’s overwhelmingly inside the beltway framing leaves out.

Also this week: Fracking is often portrayed in the corporate media as many steps in the right direction: Energy independence, job creation, not to mention homeowners striking it rich. But a new investigation in In These Times magazine shows that poverty and drilling go hand in hand. We’ll talk to journalist Hannah Guzik about environmental racism and the fight to find out the public health risks associated with fracking.

Nov 21 2014

Mariame Kaba on Ferguson, Daphne Wysham on US/China Climate Deal

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This week on CounterSpin: The imminent ruling by a St. Louis County grand jury about whether to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, has media focused on the possibility of violent demonstrations. But the issues raised by Brown’s killing won’t disappear no matter what the jury decides. We’ll talk with educator and organizer Mariame Kaba about the bigger story.

Also this week: The White House’s climate emissions deal with China was praised throughout the media as a big step in the right direction. One liberal columnist told readers not to listen to the ‘yes but’ naysayers. But critics of the deal are worth listening to; we’ll speak with one, Daphne Wysham of the Center for Sustainable Economy.

Nov 14 2014

Lori Wallach on TPP, Ari Berman on Voting Rights

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This week on CounterSpin: Bipartisanship and free trade are two of corporate media’s favorite things, so when the Washington Post editorial expressed the post midterm media consensus–“Now that Republicans have gained control of Congress, no policy area is riper for bipartisan action than trade”–you can believe they were happy to do it. But should we be happy? And is it even true? We’ll hear from Lori Wallach of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Also this week: Republicans have been hard at work for the past few years restricting the right to vote. Did their work pay off in the midterms? We’ll speak to reporter Ari Berman of The Nation, who recently wrote that “it’s become easier to buy an election and harder to vote in one.”

Nov 07 2014

Roberto Lovato on Mexico, Ann Jones on Afghanistan

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This week on CounterSpin: The disappearance of 48 student activists in Mexico has brought hundreds of thousands of activists to the streets, demanding accountability from the US-allied president who just months ago was being cheered by Time magazine as the man who would save Mexico. We’ll talk to journalist Roberto Lovato about the crisis in Mexico and the reasons the story isn’t getting enough coverage in the US press.

Also this week: US media presented the election of Ashraf Ghani as Afghanistan’s president as good news, largely because he would sign an agreement allowing US forces to remain in the country. Afghan women had different reasons to be tentatively hopeful; but then, who remembers Afghan women? We’ll talk with journalist Ann Jones about her new article, The Missing Women of Afghanistan.

Oct 31 2014

Chris King on Ferguson, Mark Weisbrot on Brazil’s Election

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This week on CounterSpin: Ferguson was back in the headlines recently with leaks from an autopsy report that, we’re told, seem to corroborate police officer Darren Wilson’s version of events from the day he killed Michael Brown. We’ll talk about the impact of those leaks along with other aspects of a story that is far from over, despite the fact that most corporate media appear to have moved on, with Chris King, managing editor of the St. Louis American.

Also this week: When the New York Times refers to a politician as ‘a former Marxist guerrilla who praises Hugo Chavez’ you know they don’t mean that in a good way. The Brazilian election saw a leftist incumbent challenged by a business-friendly candidate who we were told would grow the economy. Economist Mark Weisbrot will join us to talk about what the press was getting wrong about Brazil.