Oct 10 2008

David Cay Johnston on meltdown/bailout, Isabel MacDonald & Steve Rendall on ‘Smearcasting,’ FAIR’s Islamophobia report


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The bailout story turns again as Congress passes the White House’s bailout bill. Will reporters give up questioning the plan entirely now that it has that holy grail of “bipartisan support”? We’ll hear from one journalist who’s been calling for skepticism from the beginning–author and reporter David Cay Johnston, recently retired from the New York Times. Also on the show: “Smearcasting: How Islamophobes Spread Fear, Bigotry and Misinformation,” is the name of a just-released report by FAIR that looks at how America’s leading Islamophobes–who the report dubs “The Dirty Dozen”–are able to spread their […]

Oct 3 2008

Phyllis Bennis on the presidential debate, Wendy Weiser on voter suppression


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: There’s been a lot of discussion about who won or lost the September 26th presidential debate, but little discussion of how it served the voters. What was and wasn’t talked about in a debate that focused largely on war and military issues? We’ll talk to Phyllis Bennis who directs the Institute for Policy Studies’ New Internationalism Project, about the debate. Also on the show: Thousands of people may show up to the polls in November only to be told they are not allowed to vote. A new report on voter purges says that what […]

Sep 12 2008

Jim Naureckas on McCain/Palin campaign claims, George Farah on open debates


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: John McCain may have fired-up the GOP base with his pick of Sarah Palin as a running mate, and his campaign’s increasingly rancorous rhetoric, but along the way his campaign has made a number of claims that beg for media scrutiny. We’ll be joined by Jim Naureckas, the editor of FAIR’s publications, to discuss McCain campaign claims and how the media is doing covering them. Also on CounterSpin today: As the 2008 presidential campaign intensifies, some attention is shifting to the four scheduled debates between the major party candidates. The events will be covered […]

Sep 5 2008

Heidi Boghosian on convention protests, David Moore on polling


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Most of the coverage of the political conventions focused on what was going on inside the arenas; so what about what was happening outside? Crackdowns on protests, arrests of journalists, and pre-emptive house raids could provide a very different measure of the state of American democracy. Heidi Boghosian of the National Lawyers Guild will join us to tell us what she saw. Also on the show: A new book attests to what some have long suspected: that opinion polls can distort understanding of public opinion more than illuminate it– ginning up controversy where none […]

Jul 4 2008

Glenn Greenwald and Arianna Huffington on right-wing myths


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: a special conversation with two authors who have been producing some of the sharpest criticism of the political and media establishment during the Bush years. Arianna Huffington is founder of the Huffington Post website and author of numerous books. Her most recent is Right is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe. Glenn Greenwald writes a popular Unclaimed Territory blog at Salon.com. His new book is Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics. Today we’ll be joined by both of them to […]

Jul 1 2008

Sidebar: The Most Liberal Senator?

[Note: This is a sidebar to “Obama the Snob?: Hanging the ‘elitist’ label on another Democratic candidate“] In the 2004 election, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry was crowned by an influential Beltway publication with an unexpected designation: He was, according to its calculation, the most liberal member of the Senate (National Journal, 2/28/04). The ranking was endlessly trumpeted by Republican spokespeople. Almost four years later, the soon-to-be Democratic presidential candidate had the same label attached to his record—by the same publication. On January 31, 2008, the National Journal’s annual ranking of senators placed Barack Obama as the furthest left Senate […]

Jun 1 2008

Fair Study: TV’s Low-Cal Campaign Coverage

How 385 stories can tell you next to nothing about whom to vote for

The second-tier candidates, they get angry. They think that the press doesn’t focus on them, spends too much time talking about the front-runners in the debates, in the coverage day by day. But we say to them, “Well, make your mark. Start showing some growth. Start showing some resonance with the populace and you’ll get the same kind of coverage.” They’ll say: “Wait a minute. How do we get resonance if we’re not covered?” It’s an important issue that we have to keep examining, our own behavior.—Tim Russert (NBC Nightly News, 1/3/08) Coverage in the early phase of a presidential […]

May 9 2008

Ben Dangl on Bolivian referendum, Kate Sheppard on McCain & environment


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: When voters in the Bolivian state of Santa Cruz voted on May 4th to declare an autonomy, U.S. media largely reported it as a democratic expression of the differences between a wealthy, conservative Bolivian state, and the socialist central government of president Evo Morales. But was the Santa Cruz vote legitimate? We’ll talk with Ben Dangl, author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia. Also on the show: Is John McCain an environmentalist? If you believe the press corps, he is. But our guest says that may say more […]