Apr
20
2015

Why Don’t Americans Want to ‘Soak the Rich’? It’s a Trick Question

Monopoly: Pay Poor Tax of $15

The New York Times has a post by Neil Irwin headlined “Why Americans Don’t Want to Soak the Rich.” But looking at polling over time on taxing the wealthy, what’s striking is how consistently popular it is.

Apr
20
2015

The Washington Post’s Longstanding Contempt for People Who Work for a Living

As critics note, TPP has less to do with trade than it does  with strengthening protections for corporations like copyrights and patents.

The Washington Post has established itself over many decades as a major mouthpiece of elite opinion. Its editorial pages argue strongly for the interests of the wealthy, with scarcely concealed contempt for people who have to work for a living.

Jan
30
2015

Mark Weisbrot on Greek Elections, Amanda Marcotte on Abortion & Congress

Change Greece, Change Europe (Photo: Uwe Hiksch)

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.

Jan
28
2015

The Super Bowl Windfall Myth

Why media fall for sports industry's bogus economic claims

Super Bowl billboard in Times Square

With Super Bowl Sunday approaching, expect plenty of media reports on the projected economic windfall for host city Glendale, Arizona. Last year, when the NFL announced that its big game would provide a $600 million boost to the New York/New Jersey economy, that figure promptly became a fixture in news coverage of the event (CNN, 1/24/14; Newsday, 1/22/14; FoxNews.com, 5/21/14). In one typical article, the New York Daily News (1/20/14) reported that city business owners were scurrying to grab a piece of the Super Bowl pie, quoting a local limo-service owner: “Nothing comes close to this. Everyone in New York […]

Oct
17
2014

Richard Wolff on the State of the Economy

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This week on CounterSpin: In the past few years as some economic indicators have suggested a recovery is under way, US media have generally responded with celebratory reporting. But according to polls, Americans aren’t so sure. According to a recent NBC poll just 18 percent say the economy is excellent or good. How can we best understand an economy that seems to be serving some but slighting others?

Today we’ll feature a special extended interview with economic professor Richard Wolff on how to reconcile mixed messages about the health of the economy.

Mar
14
2014

No More Media Silence on TPP

Networks Skip Controversial Trade Deal

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The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has drawn heavy criticism. Over 500 labor, environmental and farm groups oppose granting the White House “fast track” authority to speed the pact through Congress. The deal, still being negotiated in secret, has spawned protests around the world.

But there’s one thing that TPP hasn’t generated: news. Let’s try to change that.

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.”

Sep
20
2013

Mike Konczal on Economic Collapse, Hugh MacMillan on Fracking Study

Lehman Bankruptcy

This week on CounterSpin: Media tell us this week marks the fifth anniversary of the financial crisis since it was in September 2008 that global financial services firm Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy. Meanwhile 6 in 10 tell pollsters they don’t think the country could avoid another collapse, which the Washington Post write-up called a “pessimistic outlook.” But are people pessimistic or realistic in saying they just don’t think there’s been sufficient action taken to really change things? We’ll hear from financial blogger Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute about that.

Also on CounterSpin today, a new study of the controversial gas drilling tactic known as fracking seems to be good news for the industry—no surprise, since they funded it. But are the findings about methane leaks as good as the press reports make them sound? We’ll put that question to Hugh MacMillan of the group Food and Water Watch.