May 15 2015

Less Crimefighting, Less Crime? WSJ Avoids the Evidence

NYPD officers in Greeley Square (cc photo: Torbakhopper)

A Wall Street Journal article left out arguably the most interesting part of the story: The NYPD’s backing away from stop-and-frisk and reduced interest in small-time busts was accompanied by a 5 percent reduction in major crimes.

Dec 19 2014

David Dayen on Citibank and Cromnibus, Ladd Everitt on Gun Control

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Progressive Democrats launched an unexpected attack on a Congressional spending bill, leaving some pundits complaining once more about nasty Beltway polarization. But legislators were trying to do something substantive: Stop an attempt to roll back an important part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. Journalist David Dayen will join us to explain what was at stake.

Also this week: It was two years ago that 10 first graders and 6 adults were killed by a troubled young man with an assault rifle. Media were transfixed by the disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but did it affect the way they report on gun control? We’ll talk about guns and the press with Ladd Everitt, communications director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Jul 25 2014

Alex Kane on US Weapons in Gaza; Jamie Kalven on Police Abuse Records

Chicago arrest (cc photo: Matt Novak)

The US press doesn’t talk much about where Israel gets its weapons–or other aspects of the US role in the Gaza conflict. And a recent legal victory in Chicago could help expose police brutality in poor communities of color.

May 01 2013

Whose Police State?

National media focus on 2nd Amendment over 4th Amendment

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National media focus on 2nd Amendment over 4th Amendment.

Mar 01 2012

Stopping Short on Stop and Frisk

NYT reports racist policy but won’t call for its end

The New York Times (12/1/99) reported in 1999 the finding of an investigation by state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer that the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” program unfairly targeted black and Hispanic people. “Police officials have long contended that the disparity was based on the fact that most people are stopped in poor, high-crime neighborhoods, many of which have a majority of black and Hispanic residents,” the story explained. “But the attorney general’s analysis found that, even when the statistics were adjusted to take higher crime rates among minorities into account, the number of blacks and Hispanics stopped […]

Sep 16 2011

Brandi Grissom on Texas death penalty, Tom Engelhardt on campaign coverage

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: For a lot of people, the Republican debate on September 9 had one memorable moment: when Texas governor Rick Perry was asked about his state’s death penalty record, the audience cheered wildly. Moderator Brian Williams wanted to know if Perry lost sleep worrying whether he’d ever executed an innocent man. Perry said no, and that’s where it was left. But what’s the record in Texas? We’ll ask Texas Tribune reporter Brandi Grissom. Also on CounterSpin today, at this point in the 2008 Republican primary season, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson were topping GOP polls. […]

Jul 22 2011

Mary Bottari on ALEC Exposed, Marjorie Cohn on prison hunger strike

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: You’ve probably never heard of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. So why do they have so much sway over the laws affecting your life? We may get some sunlight on the actions of this influential “public/private membership organization” with the release of a cache of previously secret documents on their work. We’ll hear from Mary Bottari of the Center for Media and Democracy about the ALEC Exposed project, and what it all means. Also on the show: A hunger strike by California prisoners against what they say are torturous and abusive conditions […]

Mar 25 2011

Asli Bali on Libya, Alia Malek on US Muslim prisons

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The U.S.’s sudden military involvement in Libya raises many questions that have not been answered by officials who’ve plunged the country into a war they say is to protect civilians, or even asked by many journalists who have been too busy cheering to ask them. Questions like how certain are we that going war will be better for Libyan civilians than the threat they faced from Libyan dictator Muammar el-Gadhafi? And what solutions short of war were sought? We’ll be joined by UCLA law professor Asli Bali. Also on the show: the seemingly unending […]