“My hope is that we can move away from a model of asking listeners for money and join the free market,” host of public radio’s This American Life Ira Glass declared last month (Ad Age, 4/30/15): I think we’re ready for capitalism which made this country so great. Public radio is ready for capitalism. The context was “Hearing Is Believing,” an event sponsored by NPR and member stations WNYC and WBEZ to pitch public radio (and its podcasts) as an advertising vehicle (American Community Radio, 5/12/15). Last week, Glass wrote a column in the public broadcasting trade paper Current (5/13/15) to “clarify” […]
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When the topic is eliminating nuclear weapons, media could hardly care less. Plus: Internet.org, the Facebook mogul’s new application intended to provide limited free internet access in the developing world, is meeting strong resistance.
This week on CounterSpin: Nuclear weapons generate a lot of media interest when it comes to the question of whether Iran is trying to get them, but when the topic is eliminating nuclear weapons altogether, as at the now concluding UN meetings on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, media could hardly care less. We’ll talk about the NPT with Alice Slater from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and Abolition 2000. Also on the show: Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to “improve the lives of billions of people”; so why is Internet.org, the Facebook mogul’s new application intended to provide limited […]
Given corporate media’s traditional enthusiasm for what are deceptively referred to as “free trade pacts,” it’s unsurprising that the nation’s largest newspapers have come out in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Of the ten largest-circulation papers in the US, eight have editorially endorsed TPP and/or the fast track authority for President Obama that is seen as necessary to get it passed. The other two, the New York Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times, do not seem to have published editorials on TPP. The Wall Street Journal A Lift for Free Trade The Hatch-Wyden compromise deserves Congress’s approval. […]