Oct 03 2015

‘These Are the Crimes That Really Matter’

CounterSpin interview with Brandon Garrett on corporate criminals

Brandon Garrett

“The companies may pay the fines, but the shareholders really pay that, and the people who actually committed the crimes at these big banks or corporations, they’re not the ones who are paying the fines. In fact, often, they get raises, or they keep their jobs.”

Sep 25 2015

Dean Baker on Drug Prices, Brandon Garrett on Corporate Crime

Martin Shkreli on NBC News

Drug company CEO Martin Shkreli became the target of public outrage by raising the price of a drug from $13 to $750 a tablet. Plus: The Volkwagen case raises yet again the question of whether our legal system can adequately respond to corporate crime.

Jul 17 2015

Gareth Porter on Iran Deal, Mohamed Shehk on Prison Reform

Iran delegation (photo:

The New York Times tells readers Barack Obama was moved to negotiate a deal with Iran because of his personal “faith in diplomacy.” Our guest has an alternate view.

Jun 26 2015

Washington Post Reserves Dignity in Death for Some Women

Washington Post: As women keep washing up dead, Ohio town fears a serial killer is on the loose

How do you know that the women whose murders the Washington Post is reporting were sex workers or dealing with substance abuse?

Jun 26 2015

Travis Dixon on ‘Terrorism’ Labels, Seth Freed Wessler on Immigration Prison Uprising

Amanda and Jerad Miller, right-wing terrorists

When do journalists choose to unleash the weaponized language of “terrorism”—and what effect does that have on public opinion and policy? University of Illinois professor Travis Dixon has researched media patterns on the issue.

Jun 25 2015

That Most Terrorists Aren’t Muslim May ‘Come as a Surprise’–if You Get Your News From Corporate Media

Police at a Las Vegas terror attack (photo: Steve Marcus/Reuters)

in a piece all about the “mismatch between public perceptions and actual cases,” the entity most charged with matching sure these match–the news media–doesn’t get much scrutiny

Jun 24 2015

Charleston Massacre Media Coverage: Recognizing the Crime, Downplaying the Causes

Philadelphia Daily News on Dylann Roof: 'Terrorist!'

In lieu of pointing out the role of the US right wing and the conservative media in radicalizing Roof, corporate media preferred to pathologize him as a distraught young man, a mere product of a troubled childhood.

Jun 24 2015

For Media Factcheckers, It’s ‘Mostly False’ to Say Mass Violence Is More Frequent in US

Mourners outside Emanuel AME Church (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

In theory, factchecking is one of the most important functions of journalism. In practice, systematic efforts by corporate media to “factcheck” political statements are often worse than useless.