Mar
28
2014

Jodi Jacobson on Hobby Lobby, Kate Sheppard on Oil Spills

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The Supreme Court hears the Hobby Lobby case, which is about women's health, reproductive rights and claims of religious freedom--and one more front in the right's battle against the Affordable Care Act. And 25 years after the Exxon Valdez disaster, the Sound is still not fully recovered, and spills are still in the news.

May
01
2013

Kicking Carbon

The climate solution that dares not speak its name

Fossil Fuel Not Cool (cc photo: Darel Propst)

Just as the mainstream media are evolving away from the era of false balance (Extra!, 11/04) to accept the reality of what scientists call “anthropogenic global warming,” a different type of denial has taken hold: a refusal to acknowledge the fact that the solution to the climate crisis requires humanity to stop depending on fossil fuels for energy. Earth’s dire atmospheric situation was confirmed by November 2012 reports from such tree-hugging pinkos as the World Bank and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. PWC’s most recent edition of its annual Low Carbon Economy Index declares, “To give our-selves a more than 50 percent chance […]

Apr
01
2013

It's Only the Future of the Planet

Keystone coverage treats climate change as at best a side issue

Tar Sands--Photo Credit: Jiri Rezac/Greenpeace

Issues like oil spills, land use rights, groundwater pollution etc. are all complaints made by critics of the Keystone XL pipeline. And looming over all of them is the way that tapping the tar sands will exacerbate climate change. But the media doesn't seem to care.

Oct
19
2012

David Roberts on coal, Julianne Hing on affirmative action

If you were unnerved to see Democratic and Republican presidential candidates competing over which was a bigger fan of coal, you weren't alone. And: Is affirmative action in danger?

Sep
14
2012

Brought to You by...Big Oil?

Washington Post hides industry sponsorship of energy debate

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The Washington Post had a two-page spread in its September 11 edition devoted to a "debate" on energy policy. But industry critics were missing from the picture. Why? Perhaps because the oil industry, undisclosed to Post readers, was sponsoring the discussion.

Apr
20
2012

Antonia Juhasz on BP anniversary, Lee Fang on Hilary Rosen

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: This week marks the two-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Media will be checking in on the Gulf to mark the anniversary—but what will their reporting on this ongoing environmental catastrophe look like? We'll talk to journalist Antonia Juhasz about her new report in the Nation, "Two Years Later: BP's Toxic Legacy." Also on the show: Comments CNN contributor Hilary Rosen about Mitt Romney's wife induced the punditocracy to take up questions of women’s work - and that's never pretty. But besides the silly things that were said, what about some […]

Apr
06
2012

Brendan DeMelle on fracking, David Swanson on Rachel Maddow

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: You've heard the gas industry PR—their ads are all over television and public radio. And the message—that gas drilling is a safe, affordable path to energy independence—is being echoed by some pundits. Anti-fracking activists sure think otherwise, and they're challenging the media-industry line. We'll talk about this with Brendan deMelle of DeSmog Blog. Also on CounterSpin today, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has a new book taking a critical look at U.S. military power. But how critical? And what lessons can we draw about exactly what kind of critique the corporate media will allow? Author […]

Mar
23
2012

Tyson Slocum on gas prices, Andrew Coates on health care debate

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The right is charging that Barack Obama is responsible for high gas prices, but it’s a given among liberals that Barack Obama has no power over the matter. Media Matters and Think Progress have published pieces chiding Fox News blaming Obama for the high prices at the pump, but could Fox News be right? (Even if for the wrong reasons?) We’ll talk to Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen’s Energy Project about gas prices and politics. Also on CounterSpin today: Remember the debate over health care reform? You might want to forget it, but it's […]