Download MP3 On this special Best of CounterSpin, program we look back over some of what was news for the mainstream media in 2006—and some of what wasn't news, but should've been. Our guests this year included a range of activists, researchers and journalists—all of whom had an angle on events that we thought worth hearing and, more often than not, one you weren't hearing many other places. Whether the issue was medicare or immigration, Wal-Mart or welfare policy, each in his or her way reminded us of the need to see beyond the narrow, often distorted dialog provided by […]
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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: 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. Includes comments from Norman Solomon, Ian Williams, Anthony Riddle, Katha Pollitt, and many more.
Download MP3 On this special CounterSpin program we'll take a look back at some of the stories of the past year, hearing from just some of the range of journalists, activists, researchers and critics that joined us on the program, to help us decipher those stories, as well as to talk about the way those stories were covered and what that said about journalism. The continued violent occupation of Iraq, despite what was called a "handover of power" in June, is so dangerous to cover that many journalists never seem to leave the Green Zone, yet the Bush White House […]
Media Criticism Show Cancelled After Three Earlier Instances of Censorship
Without notice to producers or listeners, the Washington, D.C.-basedPacifica affiliate WPFW has cancelled FAIR's radio show, CounterSpin. FAIR learned of the cancellation early this week when listeners called our offices to ask why the show was not on the air. CounterSpin--a media criticism show--has been censored by Pacifica stationsfive times this year for covering the ongoing crisis at the network. Abrief history: 4/16/99: Los Angeles Pacifica affiliate KPFK refuses to run a CounterSpin featuring Larry Bensky, the recently fired host of Pacifica's Sunday Salon. 4/19/99: WPFW cuts off the CounterSpin broadcast featuring Bensky in mid-interview. *7/16/99: KPFK edits a broadcast […]
On April 20th, CounterSpin, the national radio show produced by the media watch group FAIR, was taken off the air while in-progress by WPFW, the Washington, D.C.-based Pacifica affiliate. The show included a segment on media coverage of the use of depleted uranium weapons by NATO forces in the Balkans, followed by an interview with Larry Bensky, a broadcaster recently fired by Pacifica. WPFW aired the depleted uranium segment in its entirety, pulling CounterSpin off the air in the middle of the Bensky interview. Listeners heard an Emergency Broadcasting System announcement, followed by music, which ran for the duration of […]
This week on CounterSpin: It's an understatement to say that media characterizations of the Affordable Care Act vary wildly. But so much analysis is devoted to political football, when health insurance is an issue calling out for news people can use. We'll talk about coverage with Adam Gaffney, a physician and writer at theprogressivephysician.org.
Also on the show: It wasn't that long ago that many people believed the Internet would be a kind of utopia; today many still hold that if only everyone had a way to get on line, it could be a truly democratic town square. A new book interrogates that idea, and shows how in many ways the net is anything but revolutionary. It's called The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. We'll speak with author Astra Taylor.
CBS told viewers the recent presidential election in Afghanistan was a major victory for the US military. The idea that 12 years of war and occupation have gifted that country with peace and stability is shaping up as the line of the day in US media. Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies has a different take.
And author Alfie Kohn talks about his new provocative new book, "The Myth of the Spoiled Child," which argues that much of the conventional wisdom about children and parenting is just wrong.
As GM executive Mary Barra takes a grilling in a congressional hearing over dangerous defects in the company's Chevy Cobalt, we talk General Motors with Ralph Nader. And if you thought the problem of money in politics couldn't get worse after the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling--meet McCutcheon,