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Mar
21
2014

Sarah Jaffe on NY Charter Schools, Carla Murphy on FCC Diversity Study

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Coverage of the "tug of war" between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo over charter schools tells us more about political alliances than it does about education. And what's the real story behind the right's claim that the White House was planning to send government monitors into newsrooms?

Mar
18
2014

Big Media Get Bigger and Badder

FAIR Fights Back

A big trade deal that has mobilized activists around the globe is barely mentioned in the corporate press. A crisis in Ukraine has some in the press talking about a "new Cold War." From Venezuela to Iraq, the past is rewritten to suit US elite interests. And now, the nation's No. 1 cable company wants to gobble up the No. 2 cable company, creating yet another corporate media monster. That's what Big Media are up to these days. Thanks to you, FAIR fights back. We need to raise $20,000 to keep doing it. Tens of thousands read FAIR's work every […]

Mar
14
2014

Miguel Tinker Salas on Venezuela, Ali Abunimah on Palestine

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This week on CounterSpin: Venezuela's violent demonstrations, which began a month ago, have begun to wind down. Has anything been resolved between the largely middle and upper class opposition, and the democratically elected government they want to leave? We'll talk with Pomona College professor and the author of The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture and Society in Venezuela, Miguel Tinker Salas.

Also this week: The news from Israel-Palestine is usually quite bleak, and this week is no different. But are the Palestinians winning? That's what Ali Abunimah argues in his new book The Battle for Justice in Palestine. He'll join us to explain.

Mar
07
2014

Robert Parry on Ukraine, Luke Charles Harris on My Brother's Keeper

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Journalists and pundits say Vladimir Putin is off his rocker, and the proof is his invasion of Crimea, and his crazy suggestion that the US has, on several occasions, acted lawlessly. We'll talk with Robert Parry of Consortium News, about the US, Russia and the power struggle over Ukraine.

Also on the show: Barack Obama announces a new initiative with the goal of improving opportunities for black and Latino boys and men, with a big emphasis on the role of fathers. For many media, the only question seems to be 'why'd he wait so long?' But there are deeper questions to consider about the effort called My Brother's Keeper. We'll hear from Luke Charles Harris of Vassar College about that.

Feb
28
2014

Shannon Young on 'Mexican Moment,' Ashley Gorski on NYPD Muslim Spying

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Glowing US coverage of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has some folks buzzing about the "Mexican Moment." But is privatizing the oil industry really the reform it's made out to be? We'll talk it over with independent journalist Shannon Young.

Also on the show: The Associated Press won a Pulitzer for reporting that the New York Police Department was spying on Muslims, in mosques, bookstores, restaurants and elsewhere, simply because they're Muslim. Now a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over that spying, saying any harm wasn't caused by the NYPD but by AP! We'll talk to Ashley Gorski of the ACLU about what the ruling means for civil liberties – and journalism.

Feb
26
2014

Extra! March 2014

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RACE LENS CNN’s Dúo Dinámico Ana Navarro and Alex Castellanos as the voices of Latinos by Josmar Trujillo TPP—‘The Largest Corporate Power Grab You’ve Never Heard Of’ Virtual media blackout of ‘NAFTA on steroids’ by Steve Rendall Hyping the ‘Chinese Threat’ Media follow official line on East China Sea dispute by Brendan P. O’Reilly When Transgender Is a Plot Twist Grantland failed to treat its source as a human being by Julie Hollar COUNTERSPIN ‘There Really Is a Double Standard’ Drew Hudson on NPR fracking coverage

Feb
21
2014

Lori Wallach on TPP, Gareth Porter on Iran

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This week on CounterSpin: Lori Wallach of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch talks about the TPP, the sprawling commercial treaty the White House doesn't want you to know about. And Gareth Porter explains that most of what you read about Iran's nuclear program just isn't true.

Feb
14
2014

Sue Sturgis on Moral March, Toni Gilpin on Skills Gap Myth

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This week on CounterSpin: Tens of thousands of moral marchers descend on Raleigh North Carolina, the latest and most dramatic example of a social justice movement sweeping the state. The national press is mostly skipping the story; Sue Sturgis from the Institute for Southern Studies fills us in on what's happening.

Also on the show: You may have heard that the reason we have so many unemployed people isn't because there are no jobs, but because people don't have the right skills for the jobs that are open, in part because of our failing schools. If it doesn't sound right to you, that's because it's wrong. So why say it? We'll talk with labor historian and educator Toni Gilpin about the popular myth of the "skills gap."