This week on CounterSpin: Iran’s release of 15 British sailors and marines is a forceful rebuke to editorialists and pundits who openly favored the long-failed policy of threats and force over diplomacy in solving the crisis. What other lessons should be learned by US media in the wake of the release? We’ll talk to Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies about the British captives story.
Also on the show: When corporate media start talking economic issues, many people just check out. The coverage is so filled with unexplained jargon and unexamined ideas that, for those really trying to understand the way things work, it can do more harm than good. Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research unravels some of that media spin on his blog, Beat the Press. We’ll hear from him about problems with big media’s take on economic news.