Jan
01
2015

Looking Away From Police Killings

Wrapping 'incidents' in a shroud of euphemism

Akai Gurley, NYPD

That so many black people are killed by law enforcement is a painful, difficult thing to face. That we don’t know how many people is a scandal in itself.

Jan
01
2015

Mexican Students Didn't Just 'Disappear'

Describing them as 'missing' is missing the context

Ayotzinapa, Mexico

The majority of English-language news accounts have failed to provide a deeper context concerning the failed war on drugs and the use of forced disappearances as a repressive state tactic, and employ language that often criminalizes the disappeared students.

Dec
26
2014

Rebecca Gordon on Torture, David Sirota on Pensions

CIA torture claims

This week on CounterSpin, what does the CIA torture report say about torture--and about us? We'll talk with Rebecca Gordon, author of the book Mainstreaming Torture, about the big questions we should be asking.

Also this week: When you read or hear about pensions in the corporate media, one thing comes through loud and clear: There's no money to pay for workers' retirement. We'll talk to journalist David Sirota, who's been reporting a different pension story altogether--one about how Wall Street investors and hedge fund managers see public pension plans as cash cows.

Dec
23
2014

The 2014 P.U.-litzers

Some of the stinkiest reporting from the past year

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It's that time of year again-- let's revisit some of the smelliest journalism of the past year.

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

cnn-tort

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
10
2014

Equal Time for Torturers?

Networks grant CIA time to spin report

nbc-hayden

The December 9 release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture prompted substantial media coverage. But the network newscasts seemed to be guided by the need to apply something like an "equal time" rule for the torturers.

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.