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Nov
28
2014

Maegan Ortiz on Immigration Action, Hannah Guzik on Fracking the Poor

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This week on CounterSpin: Obama's executive action on immigration has rightwing Republicans calling for impeachment, or at least censure, or at least defunding of any agencies involved in implementing it. So does that mean it's good? We'll hear from media maker and organizer Maegan Ortiz on what media's overwhelmingly inside the beltway framing leaves out.

Also this week: Fracking is often portrayed in the corporate media as many steps in the right direction: Energy independence, job creation, not to mention homeowners striking it rich. But a new investigation in In These Times magazine shows that poverty and drilling go hand in hand. We'll talk to journalist Hannah Guzik about environmental racism and the fight to find out the public health risks associated with fracking.

Nov
21
2014

Mariame Kaba on Ferguson, Daphne Wysham on US/China Climate Deal

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This week on CounterSpin: The imminent ruling by a St. Louis County grand jury about whether to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, has media focused on the possibility of violent demonstrations. But the issues raised by Brown's killing won't disappear no matter what the jury decides. We'll talk with educator and organizer Mariame Kaba about the bigger story.

Also this week: The White House's climate emissions deal with China was praised throughout the media as a big step in the right direction. One liberal columnist told readers not to listen to the 'yes but' naysayers. But critics of the deal are worth listening to; we'll speak with one, Daphne Wysham of the Center for Sustainable Economy.

Nov
14
2014

No Debate and the New War

Study finds little opposition to US attacks on Iraq, Syria

Debate, corporate media style:  Two pro-war guests go at it.

In the run-up to the US military attacks in Iraq and Syria, US media presented almost no debate on whether the country should go to war.

Nov
14
2014

Debating How--Not Whether--to Launch a New War

Missing perspectives on Obama's attack on ISIS

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In total, 205 sources appeared on the programs discussing military options in Syria and Iraq. Just six of these, or 3 percent, voiced opposition to US military intervention, while 125 (61 percent) spoke in favor of US war.

Nov
14
2014

Lori Wallach on TPP, Ari Berman on Voting Rights

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This week on CounterSpin: Bipartisanship and free trade are two of corporate media's favorite things, so when the Washington Post editorial expressed the post midterm media consensus--"Now that Republicans have gained control of Congress, no policy area is riper for bipartisan action than trade"--you can believe they were happy to do it. But should we be happy? And is it even true? We'll hear from Lori Wallach of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

Also this week: Republicans have been hard at work for the past few years restricting the right to vote. Did their work pay off in the midterms? We'll speak to reporter Ari Berman of The Nation, who recently wrote that "it's become easier to buy an election and harder to vote in one."

Nov
07
2014

Roberto Lovato on Mexico, Ann Jones on Afghanistan

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This week on CounterSpin: The disappearance of 48 student activists in Mexico has brought hundreds of thousands of activists to the streets, demanding accountability from the US-allied president who just months ago was being cheered by Time magazine as the man who would save Mexico. We'll talk to journalist Roberto Lovato about the crisis in Mexico and the reasons the story isn't getting enough coverage in the US press.

Also this week: US media presented the election of Ashraf Ghani as Afghanistan's president as good news, largely because he would sign an agreement allowing US forces to remain in the country. Afghan women had different reasons to be tentatively hopeful; but then, who remembers Afghan women? We'll talk with journalist Ann Jones about her new article, The Missing Women of Afghanistan.

Nov
06
2014

The 'Center' Always Holds

Media advise Dems to move to the right once more

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Corporate media always recommend Democrats move to the right after an election.

Nov
03
2014

Extra! November 2014

Extra! November 2014

Articles Available Only to Subscribers: SoundBites Letters Debating How--Not Whether--to Launch a New War Missing perspectives on Obama's attacks on ISIS by Peter Hart CounterSpin Interview 'We Can't Defeat Extremism by Dropping More Bombs' Raed Jarrar on ISIS Book Excerpt Propaganda Wars In post-9/11 conflicts, media often misidentify the victors by Patrick Cockburn Narrowing Our Options Hillary Clinton's 'inevitability' and the media/electoral complex by Sarah Jaffe Business as Usual Is a Disaster Treating BP as the primary victim of BP's negligence by Janine Jackson   To subscribe and get the whole issue--in print or digital form--click here.