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Dec
01
2014

'There Really Is No Recovery'

Richard Wolff on the state of the economy

Economist Richard Wolff

"The mass of lower- and middle-income folks basically have watched a 'recovery' that bypassed the vast majority of the American people."

Dec
01
2014

The 'Center' Always Holds

After midterm losses, media--of courses--advice Dems to move right

Joni Ernst, 2014 midterm elections

With the Democrats suffering substantial losses in the 2014 midterm elections, pundits and political journalists offered the same advice as always: Move to the right.

Dec
01
2014

Forgetting Ferguson

Mainstream media move on from a movement

Ferguson October, Michael Brown

After the first few weeks of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, during which corporate media were forced to show the country and the world the extent of America’s militarized police state, those media largely moved on.

Dec
01
2014

SoundBites December 2014

Paul Ryan, Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour

At NewsHour, Insulating Facts with Fog PBS NewsHour (10/1/14) brought on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) to explain how deep spending cuts on social programs combined with tax breaks for the wealthy can be an “anti-poverty” program. It helps, of course, when his proposals are described in vague, euphemistic language that obscures rather than reveals, as when a NewsHour segment (8/13/12) described Ryan’s idea of slashing Medicare benefits as a plan to “impose changes for future Medicare recipients to hold down costs.” The NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff epitomized this obfuscatory approach to journalism in her question to Ryan: You talk about the […]

Dec
01
2014

Still Killing the Messenger

A feature film prompts a new round of attacks on Gary Webb

Detail from 'Kill the Messenger' poster

For the Washington Post and other major newspapers, the release of the movie about Gary Webb--Kill The Messenger--was just a new opportunity to smear his reputation.

Dec
01
2014

Having Their Hate and Defeating Dems Too

At Fox News Latino, immigrants go from target to target audience

Fox News Latino logo

Fox News Channel pander to xenophobic white conservatives with fear-mongering about Latino immigrants, while Fox News Latino brings Latinos to the Republican Party with feel-good coverage of Latino conservatives.

Dec
01
2014

Pro-Remorse Pundits

Supporting abortion—as long as women feel bad about it

Katha Pollitt's Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Abortion is often seen as a bad thing for society, a sign of hedonism, materialism and hyperindividualism. I argue that, on the contrary, access to legal abortion is a good thing for society, and helping a woman obtain one is a good deed.

Nov
28
2014

Maegan Ortiz on Immigration Action, Hannah Guzik on Fracking the Poor

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This week on CounterSpin: Obama's executive action on immigration has rightwing Republicans calling for impeachment, or at least censure, or at least defunding of any agencies involved in implementing it. So does that mean it's good? We'll hear from media maker and organizer Maegan Ortiz on what media's overwhelmingly inside the beltway framing leaves out.

Also this week: Fracking is often portrayed in the corporate media as many steps in the right direction: Energy independence, job creation, not to mention homeowners striking it rich. But a new investigation in In These Times magazine shows that poverty and drilling go hand in hand. We'll talk to journalist Hannah Guzik about environmental racism and the fight to find out the public health risks associated with fracking.