Download MP3 This week we'll be bringing you just some of the highlights from the past year. We've had guests bringing us something other than the usual corporate media line on stories from the Arab Spring to trade policy, from Fukushima to Occupy Wall Street. We try throughout the year to bring listeners information and perspectives that they might not hear elsewhere, that might complicate or even upend the storyline they're getting from the nightly news. We do that by relying on a range of activists, artists, researchers, academics and reporters who are as critical as we are of what […]
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Download MP3 Welcome to the Best Of CounterSpin for 2010. We think all of our shows are important, and shed some light on how media work and the stories they tell. But, at the end of the year, some stories stand out -- for the omissions or confusions of corporate media coverage, or for the impact of that coverage, and often, for how the failures of elite media illustrate the important growing role of independent journalists, who every day seem to become less ‘alternatives’ to the big guys and more like their replacement, for those in search of serious critical […]
‘Are you going to reconstruct the country without a state?’
Much of the reporting on Haiti disaster relief has portrayed the U.S. as doing its best, under near-impossible circumstances, to bring food, water and medical aid to earthquake-stricken Haitians. And indeed, many American efforts have given aid and comfort to Haitians—but Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, says the U.S. is in many ways hindering relief. FAIR’s radio show CounterSpin interviewed Weisbrot for its January 29 show. CounterSpin: Americans, including many U.S. journalists, have been showing their compassion for Haitians in this latest hour of need, and you come along in this feel-good moment—at least […]
Download MP3 On this special CounterSpin program we’ll take a look back at some of the stories of the past year, and hear again from a few of the many journalists, activists, researchers and critics that brought those stories to us, or helped us make sense of them. CounterSpin: Writer and investigative historian Gareth Porter joined us back in April to talk about the big picture questions still mostly missing from the media discussion of the Afghanistan war, especially the very rational for the war itself. Gareth Porter: There's not been a single story that I have seen that really […]
Download MP3 With a longer-than-usual election season and a meltdown in the financial markets, ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there was certainly no shortage of news to explain and media messages to unspin. We can't cover it all in one half-hour program, of course, but we can bring together some of the notable critics, activists and journalists that joined CounterSpin in 2008 to talk about the way the corporate media covered—or in some cases ignored—the big stories of the year.
Arianna Huffington & Glenn Greenwald on media accountability
From Iraq to Enron, from Hurricane Katrina to No Child Left Behind, from torture to civil liberties to healthcare and much more, it would be hard to overstate the role the U.S. media played in enabling many of the policy debacles of the Bush years. And yet media accountability rarely goes beyond the half-hearted internal investigation, followed by, if we’re lucky, the half-hearted mea culpa. That the media are not prone to self-criticism isn’t a new thing. As crusading journalist George Seldes said decades ago, “The most sacred cow of the press is the press itself.” CounterSpin talked to […]
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin, a special year-end look behind the headlines of the mainstream news. On this program, we’ll take a look back at some of the stories covered by the corporate media in 2007, but not always covered so well. As usual CounterSpin tried to bring you guests—activists, researchers and journalists—that had an angle on events that we thought worth hearing and, more often than not, one you weren't hearing many other places. Our guests responded to media coverage of U.S. foreign policy from Iraq to Darfur, as well as press attention or inattention to domestic issues […]
'It's the exact opposite of a coup'
In November 2004, a New York Times article on Palestinian elections (11/14/04) stated, “The post-Arafat era will be the latest test of a quintessentially American article of faith: that elections provide legitimacy even to the frailest institutions.” The "faith" that elites in the press and in government have in such elections is tested when the results cut against U.S. wishes, as happened when Hamas prevailed over Fatah in Palestinian elections in 2006. As a result, the White House pursued a policy of punishing Palestinians for their disobedience by attempting to prevent Hamas from participating in the Palestinian government. That only […]