Sep 21 2015

‘We Need Free Speech Protections Across All of Those Networks’

CounterSpin interview with Tim Karr about efforts to undermine net neutrality

Tim Karr

“We’re talking about very powerful phone and cable companies here…. They’ve deployed their lobbyists to try and get Congress to pass new legislation that would somehow take away the FCC’s authority to protect the open internet.”

Sep 20 2015

Down the Memory Hole: NYT Erases CIA’s Efforts to Overthrow Syria’s Government

Free Syrian Army rebels (photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

This past week, two pieces—one in the New York Times, another in Vox—didn’t just omit the fact that the CIA has been arming, training and funding Syrian rebels since 2012, they heavily implied they had never done so.

Sep 18 2015

‘Military Intervention in the Middle East Started This Crisis in the First Place’

CounterSpin interview with Raed Jarrar on the refugee crisis

Raed Jarrar

“Claiming that what’s going on now is happening now because of a lack of US military intervention is laughable. I mean, it’s a joke. We have wasted literally trillions of dollars destroying the Middle East so far.”

Sep 18 2015

NYT Plays Up Risks to Bomber Pilots, Downplays the Civilians They Kill

US Navy pilots on an aircraft carrier (photo: Adam Ferguson/NYT)

The New York Times cites a Navy officer’s assurance that US “bombs hit their intended targets almost all of the time.”
If the reporter had quoted monitoring groups, readers would have gotten a very different picture.

Sep 18 2015

Jesse Hagopian on Seattle vs. Education ‘Reform,’ Rachel Meeropol on Justice for 9/11 Detainees

Seattle Education Association banner (photo: Seattle Education 2010)

Seattle teachers held what looks like a successful strike, 100 percent of one high school class opted out of standardized tests, and the state Supreme Court declared charters unconstitutional. CounterSpin talks to a Seattle teacher about what it all means.

Sep 17 2015

Corporate Press Fails to Trump Bigotry

Donald Trump (photo: Robert Gauthier / LAT)

The outlandish rhetoric of Republican presidential wildcard Donald Trump has left many journalists at a loss for words—words such as bigotry, xenophobia, racism, sexism and demagoguery.

Sep 16 2015

Varoufakis to Corbyn: ‘Don’t Fear the Media’

Yanis Varoufakis

Asked by Paul Mason of Britain’s Channel 4 what Jeremy Corbyn could learn from his experience as Greek Finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis had some ready advice for the incoming British Labour Party leader.

Sep 16 2015

Major Papers Reject the Opt-Out Option


Three papers offered arguments that closely align with the rhetoric of corporate education reform, focusing on the plight of low-income students of color while ignoring the realities of how testing affects such populations.