Aug 21 2015

ACTION ALERT: NYT Says ‘Pro-Israel Community’ Opposes Iran Deal–Ignoring Actual Opinions

Jerrold Nadler(photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The New York Times’ description of a “pro-Israel community intensely opposed to the [Iran] deal” is contradicted by polls of Jewish- American opinion.

Aug 21 2015

Katrina: 10 Years of Media Neglect

Katrina survivors in the Astrodome (photo: Andrea Booher/FEMA)

As we look to see how media will talk about ongoing effects of Katrina and the aftermath on the 10-year anniversary, a special episode of CounterSpin looks back on how media have covered–or not–the disaster over the past decade.

Aug 20 2015

‘People With Disabilities Are Telling Their Own Stories’

CounterSpin interview with Beth Haller on disability rights

Beth Haller

When 2,000 people gathered on the White House lawn on July 26, 1990, for the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it was largest gathering ever of journalists for a disability story—though most of them missed the fact that the White House itself lacked the accessible restrooms mandated by the act. Twenty-five years on, how much has changed?

Aug 20 2015

Nothing to See Here: WaPo Pooh-Poohs Sanders’ Surging Crowds

Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaking at a rally in Los Angeles.

If Sanders’ rallies, like Obama’s, are signs of a growing movement, why do the Post’s columnists focus their articles on doubting the political potential of that movement and hailing the inevitability of Hillary Clinton?

Aug 20 2015

Giving War a Chance

Peace is almost always an alternative—but you won’t hear that from US politicians or news media

HuffPost: Ted Cruz On Iran Nuclear Negotiations

The specter of war in American foreign policy discourse has produced a troubling framework: Advocates of diplomacy with Iran cite war as the inevitable alternative, while critics of diplomacy cite war as its inevitable outcome.

Aug 19 2015

Loss of Manufacturing Jobs Isn’t ‘Tectonic’–It’s a Policy Choice

Factory workers

Wall Street executive Steve Rattner had a column (8/14/15) in the New York Times in which he derided Donald Trump’s economics by minimizing the impact of trade on the labor market.

Aug 13 2015

Dean Spade on Trans Justice

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Exploring the particular struggles that affect gender non-conforming people requires asking some difficult questions, not just about this country’s attitudes toward gender but about its respect for human rights. How deep are media willing to go?

Aug 07 2015

Explaining Donald Trump’s Rise With Economic Misinformation

Donald Trump (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

Many have also heard the explanation that Trump appeals to those who feel left behind by the economy. Unfortunately, the way the media often tell this story has little to do with reality.