This week on CounterSpin: Following a federal court ruling in Virginia finding the individual mandate provision of the 2010 healthcare act unconstitutional, there was some solid coverage of the Constitutional issues involved in a policy that will, if ultimately upheld, require every American to purchase private insurance. But what about coverage before the bill was passed? We’ll talk with the Colombia Journalism Review’s Trudy Lieberman about media coverage of the mandate, before and after its passage.
Also on CounterSpin today, if you’ve caught any media coverage of the Pigford settlement, it probably sounds like good news: Black farmers won a sizable settlement against the Department of Agriculture based on years of discrimination. Dig a little deeper, though, and it start to get more complicated. Ask black farmers what they think of the settlement, and you might get a totally different story. That’s what filmmaker Lee Stranahan has been doing; he’ll join us to tell us what they’re saying.
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