We’ll talk to Mark Weisbrot about the Greek elections: Could it be that what elite media fear isn’t that Syriza will fail—but that it might succeed? And Amanda Marcotte on how shallow cover of abortion and the new Congress threatens women’s rights.
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We’re told the recent midterm elections were the “most expensive in US history,” but who was buying? And what do they expect in return? And what does it all mean for the relatively unmoneyed, namely most of us? We talked with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, about the 114th Congress.
Also on the show: A reairing of an interview from July 2014 with Chicago journalist and activist Jamie Kalven about adding information to the story of police policy.
Whose story, USA Today’s Michael Wolff wonders, will replace “the dominant culture tale” provided by white men? “The women’s narrative? The anti-one-percent narrative?” As far as I can tell, he’s completely serious.
Each week CounterSpin brings you a look behind the headlines of the mainstream news. At year’s end we take a look back and revisit some of the stories it’s been our privilege and pleasure to bring you. We call it “best of,” but the truth is we always work to shine a light on angles or perspectives on events we think you might not hear elsewhere ,and insights into why and how corporate media coverage comes to look the way it does.
This week on CounterSpin, what does the CIA torture report say about torture–and about us? We’ll talk with Rebecca Gordon, author of the book Mainstreaming Torture, about the big questions we should be asking.
Also this week: When you read or hear about pensions in the corporate media, one thing comes through loud and clear: There’s no money to pay for workers’ retirement. We’ll talk to journalist David Sirota, who’s been reporting a different pension story altogether–one about how Wall Street investors and hedge fund managers see public pension plans as cash cows.