Aug 07 2015

Jodi Jacobson on Planned Parenthood, John R. Platt on Animal Extinction

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Two recent stories that are hard to miss, but about which some might say most media are missing the point. First, an anti-abortion group is releasing ‘sting’ videos claiming to show that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal body parts, but rather than focus on sorting facts from flame-fanning, media are spending time scoring the grandstanding match among Republican politicians. Jodi Jacobsen of RH Reality Check will join us to talk about who might profit most from this story.

Also on the show: The killing of the popular African lion known as Cecil by a bounty hunter led some into an unhelpful parlor game of lions vs. people: which do you care about? Journalists could move the conversation off that dime with a thoughtful examination of the state of animal preservation and the impact of extinction on us all. What might that look like? We’ll hear from journalist John R. Platt, who writes about extinction as well as other environmental issues for Scientific American among other outlets.

Jul 09 2015

BP Deal: Path to a ‘Cleaner Gulf’–or Guaranteed Future Disasters?

Oil slick (photo: Richard Perry/NYT)

“BP Deal Will Lead to a Cleaner Gulf” is the headline the New York Times put over an editorial that, in its tone and substance, makes a pretty good illustration of why it almost assuredly won’t.

Jun 19 2015

Kevin Zeese on Fast Track Activism, Wenonah Hauter on Fracking Study

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It hasn’t been probing media coverage that’s roughened the road for the corporate power grab known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership; public interest activism is the missing piece in much top-down media coverage. Plus: To hear media tell it, the EPA found that fracking doesn’t pose any widespread harm to drinking water. Is that really what the science said?

May 15 2015

Tiffany Finck-Haynes on Bee Collapse, Michelle Chen on Nail Salon Workers

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Are pesticide-makers’ PR efforts affecting government research into massive bee die-offs? And are occasional blockbuster stories like the NYT piece on labor conditions in nail salons the best media can do for workers rights issues?

Nov 01 2014

Business as Usual Is a Disaster

Treating BP as the primary victim of BP's negligence

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One would hope that with Barack Obama talking about expanding offshore drilling, media would take seriously a judge’s conclusion that the Deepwater disaster was not a matter of accidental missteps by a few “bad apples,” but implicates business as usual for an entire industry, as well as those agencies meant to regulate it.

Sep 12 2014

Antonia Juhasz on BP Spill, Greg Grandin on the Economist and Slavery

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This week on CounterSpin: A judge has ruled BP was guilty of willful misconduct and gross negligence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people and dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. With Obama talking about expanding offshore drilling, you’d hope the media would take serious notice. We’ll talk about what that would look like with Antonia Juhasz, author of Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill.

Also on the show: The Economist magazine recently apologized and retracted its review of ‘The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,’ a review that faulted the author for portraying whites as slavery’s villains, and blacks as its victims. Yes. New York University history professor Greg Grandin will join us to talk about the Economist’s slavery problem.

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.

Nov 29 2013

Michael Dorsey on COP Climate Talks, Rick Perlstein on Tea Party

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This week on CounterSpin: The COP 19 climate talks in Warsaw were filled with intrigue, secret memos and walkouts by green groups and delegations from developing nations. What was accomplished at the summit? We’ll talk with Michael K. Dorsey, the director of the Joint Center’s Energy & Environment Program.

Also on CounterSpin: Is big business breaking up with the Tea Party? Some political observers and pundits seem to think so, seeing a growing divide between the Republican Party and its corporate backers. But historian and journalist Rick Perlstein suggests this storyline isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.