Jan
16
2015

Laura Carlsen on Mexican Violence, Jim Naureckas on 'Selma'

Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson in 'Selma'

We'll talk about Coverage of the recent state visit from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, the desaparacidos and the nature of violence in Mexico. Plus: What high-profile criticisms of the movie 'Selma' say about the critics.

Jan
09
2015

Robert Weissman on New Congress, Jamie Kalven on Police Abuse Records

Image by Udo The Standard Oil Octopus: Joseph Keppler from Puck

We're told the recent midterm elections were the "most expensive in US history," but who was buying? And what do they expect in return? And what does it all mean for the relatively unmoneyed, namely most of us? We talked with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, about the 114th Congress.

Also on the show: A reairing of an interview from July 2014 with Chicago journalist and activist Jamie Kalven about adding information to the story of police policy.

Jan
07
2015

Torture Advocates Outnumbered Critics 2-to-1

FAIR survey finds torturers well-represented on TV news

Dick Cheney on Meet the Press: 'I would [torture] again.'

A new FAIR study finds that torture defenders outnumbered critics of torture by nearly 2 to 1 in TV news coverage of the Senate Intelligence Committee report released on December 9. FAIR surveyed the guests of nine news programs for the week of December 7 to December 14, when discussion of the torture report’s findings was most prominent. The programs included the Sunday talk shows (NBC's Meet the Press, CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week, Fox News Sunday and CNN’s State of the Union) along with four weekday news shows (MSNBC's Hardball, Fox's Special Report, the first hour of […]

Jan
02
2015

Best of CounterSpin 2014

Each week CounterSpin brings you a look behind the headlines of the mainstream news. At year's end we take a look back and revisit some of the stories it's been our privilege and pleasure to bring you. We call it "best of," but the truth is we always work to shine a light on angles or perspectives on events we think you might not hear elsewhere ,and insights into why and how corporate media coverage comes to look the way it does.

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

2014pulitz

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