Apr
06
2015

A Non-Conspiracy of Douthat’s

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The New York Times’ Ross Douthat acknowledges the obvious parallel between gay and interracial marriage–and meets it head on with a full helping of historical ignorance.

Apr
03
2015

Jennifer Wagner on Indiana Law, Darnell Hunt on Race in Hollywood

Freedom Indiana: All Hoosiers Deserve Freedom From Discrimination

How can media cover the backlash against the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act just passed in Indiana without resorting to “some say, others differ”? Plus: The Hollywood press argues that white actors are now being discriminated against.

Apr
01
2015

Media Inflate Threat With ‘ISIS Plots’ That Don’t Actually Involve ISIS

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The specter of ISIS constantly trying to enlist dozens of Americans, often for attacks on US soil, is a crucial element in maintaining the current war effort. The media inability to point out that these “plots” are almost always entirely of the FBI’s making helps perpetuate the illusion and inflate perceived risk.

Mar
30
2015

Leading Papers Incite ‘Supreme International Crime’

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To advocate for war, as the Washington Post and New York Times op-ed pages have done, is to incite a crime–“the supreme international crime,” as the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg noted.

Mar
27
2015

What Have Whistleblowers Done for Elite Journalists Lately?

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One of the most important things that corporate media do to shore up power is to define “news” as things that people in power want you to know but haven’t told you yet.

Mar
27
2015

Darcey O’Callaghan on Water Crisis, Natalia Abrams on Student Debt

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: March 22 was World Water Day, meant to call attention to the crisis in world water supply and sanitation that makes lack of access to clean water far and away the leading cause of death for children under 5. Headlines about “taking shorter showers” suggest mainstream media didn’t dive that deeply into the crisis’ environmental, economic or political context. We talk about water with Darcey O’Callaghan, International Policy Director at Food & Water Watch. Also on the show: You may have heard that the Class of 2014 is the most indebted ever, or that […]

Mar
26
2015

A Few Words on the Least Surprising Op-Ed of 2015

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By “inattention” and “failing to act,” John Bolton just means we haven’t bombed Iran yet. That’s what paying attention is to him.

Mar
26
2015

Colombian Report on US Military’s Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets

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Explosive claims that US military soldiers and contractors had sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia thus far seem to have received zero coverage in the mainstream US press.