From the New York Times, you get that the indictment of videomakers who made a deceptive video attacking Planned Parenthood might hurt Ted Cruz, What you don’t get is a sense that a woman’s control over her own child-bearing is at stake.
CounterSpin interview with Jodi Jacobson on Planned Parenthood 'sting' videos
CounterSpin interview with Jodi Jacobson on Colorado Spring massacre
it’s no surprise that the Planned Parenthood videos used the same bag of tricks that James O’Keefe had employed to such success: deceptive editing, false framing, misrepresented visuals. And it’s also not a surprise that corporate media—concerned about seeming “clueless” but even more worried about appearing “partisan”—gave plentiful newshole to their claims,
Two recent stories that are hard to miss, but about which some might say most media are missing the point. First, an anti-abortion group is releasing ‘sting’ videos claiming to show that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal body parts, but rather than focus on sorting facts from flame-fanning, media are spending time scoring the grandstanding match among Republican politicians. Jodi Jacobsen of RH Reality Check will join us to talk about who might profit most from this story.
Also on the show: The killing of the popular African lion known as Cecil by a bounty hunter led some into an unhelpful parlor game of lions vs. people: which do you care about? Journalists could move the conversation off that dime with a thoughtful examination of the state of animal preservation and the impact of extinction on us all. What might that look like? We’ll hear from journalist John R. Platt, who writes about extinction as well as other environmental issues for Scientific American among other outlets.
This week on CounterSpin: The new film Kill the Messenger tells the story of investigative journalist Gary Webb, whose 1996 Dark Alliance series exposed links between drug traffickers and the US-backed Contras in Nicaragua. Prestige outlets like the New York Times devoted serious resources to going after Webb in an attempt to discredit his reporting. We’ll go back to the CounterSpin archives to hear from Webb himself.
Also on the show: You might think you hear enough about abortion in the press. A new book says: We need to talk about abortion differently. PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights is the latest from author, poet and Nation columnist Katha Pollitt. We’ll talk with her about reframing that conversation.