The real elephant in the room is that Chris Christie has an actual record of governing a state, and journalists seem almost totally uninterested in discussing it.
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Reporters focus on personality instead of policy
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The good news from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is that the bloody, Rwandan-backed militia M23 has laid down its arms, mostly due to pressure from the US. But what is US coverage of the story skewing, and what is it leaving out? We’ll talk with Maurice Carney of Friends of the Congo. Also on the show: The average food stamp benefit in this country is about $4.50 per person per day, but Congress has decided they can get by with less; some $5 billion worth of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]
How a crisis in journalism led to the cult of balance
What we talk about when we talk about inequality
This week on CounterSpin: Media are full of reports on problems with the rollout with the Affordable Care Act, turns out insurance can be complicated. But, what don't we talk about when we talk about health care? We'll talk to Andrew Coates of Physicians for A National Health Program about what's missing from the conversation.
Also on CounterSpin today, the international press went wild over stories about Roma families allegedly abducting white, blonde haired children. That's not what happened, but the media frenzy played into some very familiar stereotypes about the Roma community. We'll speak to Roma activist Margareta Matache.
Network to air one-sided advocacy for nuclear power
This week on CounterSpin: The Justice Department looks like it might pin a $13 billion fine on JP Morgan Chase for its role in the financial collapse and ensuing recession. But are they getting off easy? Wall Street media cheerleaders are saying Chase is being punished for things they didn't even do. But is that right? We'll talk to economics blogger Yves Smith of the website Naked Capitalism.
Also on CounterSpin today: CNN will air a pro-nuclear documentary on November 7. “Pandora’s Promise,” described by the New York Times as ‘as stacked as advocate movies get…a parade of like-minded nuclear-power advocates who assure us that everything will be all right.’ Why would a news channel air propaganda? The group Beyond Nuclear has been fact-checking Pandora’s Promise claims, well talk to the group’s found, Linda Gunter.
The government shutdown may be over, but there's no cause to celebrate for those hardest hit–-people already reeling from earlier austerity measures. Despite what you may have heard, the pain was not restricted to political 'losers' and those turned away from monuments. We'll hear from Sister Simone Campbell of the Catholic social justice lobby Network.
Also on the show: Plan B is not an abortion drug, not medically controversial, and since it can be taken 72 hours after sex it's not even a 'morning after' pill. A new project clears misconceptions around Plan B and tests whether it's actually as accessible as the law intends. Jo Ellen Green Kaiser of the Media Consortium will talk about that.