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.

Mar
25
2015

The Case Against Raising Interest Rates Is Simple, Despite WaPo's Efforts to Confuse It

The question here is pretty simple, in spite of Robert Samuelson’s efforts to sow confusion. There is very little plausible benefit from raising interest rates and slowing the economy at a point where the economy is far below its potential by almost any measure.

Mar
24
2015

NYT Reported Japanese Internment as 'Pioneering Chapter in US History'

A contemporary New York Times article on the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans “emphasized the adventurous nature” of putting innocent people in camps based on their ethnicity.

Mar
24
2015

New York Times: Nuclear Establishment Tool

The model of a journalist being co-opted by the nuclear establishment involves New York Times reporter William L. Laurence, who described nuclear power as “making the dream of the Earth as a Promised Land come true.”

Mar
24
2015

Rebranding McCain and Romney as Moderates to Facilitate a Sharp Right Turn

By accepting Ted Cruz’s characterization of McCain and Romney as moderates who lost because of their moderation, media endorse his argument that the Republican Party’s path to success takes a sharp right turn.