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Sep
02
2014

Extra! September 2014

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Articles Available Only to Subscribers: SoundBites Letters to the Editor Remembrance Casey Kasem: Top Foe of Media Bias Gender Focus Missing a Killer's Connections Misogynistic murders also fueled by racism-and a hateful online community by Rania Khalek CounterSpin Interview 'A Chain of Desperation' Laura Carlsen on the crisis of refugee children At Elite Media, 'Scientific' Racists Fit in Fine Nicholas Wade's NYT science writing thrilled white supremacists by Steve Rendall Computer Error 'Turing test' press release fools media into thinking it's news by Neil deMause

Sep
01
2014

At Elite Media, ‘Scientific’ Racists Fit in Fine

Nicholas Wade’s NYT science writing thrilled white supremacists

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Nicholas Wade’s embrace of the pseudoscience of eugenics raises questions about his tenure at the New York Times, and about corporate media vigilance when it comes to racism.

Sep
01
2014

Israel, Gaza and False Balance

Media construct a symmetry of violence where none exists

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Striving for a deceptive “balance,” US media miscast the devastating violence of Israel’s attacks on Gaza and obscured the lopsided nature of the death toll.

Sep
01
2014

A Shared Culture of Conflict of Interest

Elite media don’t see Human Rights Watch’s closeness to power as a problem

Kenneth Roth

Human Rights Watch's conflicts of interest contribute to a culture of normalizing and accommodating the extreme power that the United States arrogates to itself.

Aug
29
2014

Brian Jones on Teacher Tenure, Nikole Hannah-Jones on School Segregation

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This week on CounterSpin: A special back to school episode, with two interviews from this year that get at some of the thorniest issues around public education: The politics of teacher tenure and the de facto segregation of American schools. Our guests are writer and activist Brian Jones and Nikole Hannah-Jones of ProPublica.

Aug
28
2014

Labor Almost Invisible on TV Talk

Sunday chat shows skip worker representatives

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Have any labor leaders appeared on the Sunday chat shows this year? No, unless you count one reference to Ronald Reagan.

Aug
22
2014

Wear FAIR Everywhere You Go

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If you're like us, you don't trust the corporate media to tell it straight--or report the stories that matter. So why not spread the word? Send a bold message--and support FAIR--with our latest Don't Trust Corporate Media shirt. The shirts are union-made in the United States--just check the label--and are available in Small, Medium, Large and XL. Limited quantities available, so order yours today--these won't last long!

Aug
22
2014

Malkia Cyril on Ferguson, Jeff Cohen on James Risen

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This week on CounterSpin: The New York Times' David Carr says 'nothing much good was happening in Ferguson until it became a hashtag'. It's naïve to think that media attention to the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown is enough to address the crisis it represents, but Carr's not wrong that it was the internet and not corporate media that put the story on the front burner. We'll talk about Ferguson and media with Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice.

Also on the show: Will New York Times reporter James Risen go to jail for refusing to testify against a source? Risen's case is seen by many as a clear-cut example of how the Obama administration's war on whistleblowers is also a war on journalists and journalism. We'll talk to FAIR founder Jeff Cohen, director of the Park Center for Independent Media about the state of the case and the activist pushback.