This week on CounterSpin: A new study from Think Progress shows that cable news stories about the stimulus debate were dominated by Republicans, with GOP guests outnumbering Democrats by 2 to 1. This isn’t an aberration says our guest, but a return to the status quo after a brief decrease in conservative media bias caused by Bush era failures. Robert Parry, the publisher of ConsortiumNews.com, and the veteran journalist who broke many Iran-Contra stories, will join us to talk about current political coverage.
Also on CounterSpin today: Congress decided to delay the mandatory switch to digital TV signals originally scheduled for this month, but stations across the country did so anyway, shutting off their analog signals this past week. The digital TV story would seem to be a classic media policy story—policy made for the benefit of big media companies, with the impact falling mainly upon poor, rural and minority communities. We’ll talk Brandon Lacy Campos from the Center for Media Justice about what folks are doing about it.