Feb
01
2011

Scientific American Waffles on the Science of Global Warming

Is climate ‘THE issue of our time’ or a ‘doomsday obsession’?

“Climate is the issue of our time,” says Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina (Observations, 10/28/10). So why does her magazine keep treating human-caused global warming as an open question? DiChristina was responding to criticism her magazine had received (Climate Progress, 10/26/10; FAIR Blog, 10/27/10) over a November 2010 article by Michael Lemonick about Judith Curry, a climate scientist whose critiques of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are often cited by climate denialists. The article—subheaded “Why Can’t We Have a Civil Conversation About Climate?”—left the impression that the truth on climate change is somewhere in the middle: Climate scientists […]

Dec
17
2010

Michael Dorsey on Cancun climate talks, Bob McIntyre on tax plan

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: On the Fox News the story of the recently concluded UN climate summit was that it was really cold in Cancun, where the summit was held, so what was the point? Even actual journalists didn't seem to find much to say though; one account said the results didn't look like helping much with global warming, but they were a vote of confidence in 'the process' of addressing global warming. We'll get another take on things from Michael Dorsey, professor of global environmental policy at Dartmouth College. Also on the show: the White House cut […]

Nov
19
2010

Wenonah Hauter on GE salmon, Rose Aguilar on Native Americans

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The FDA is on the verge of approving genetically engineered salmon in spite of opposition by the public, scientists and consumer groups. On November 15 the group Food & Water Watch released internal documents from Fish & Wildlife Service scientists expressing misgivings about the safety of the altered salmon and the legality of the FDA's procedures. We'll talk to Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of Food & Water Watch. Also on the show: A one-minute commentary by a cable TV host brought a swell of public awareness, political attention and money to a snowstorm-devastated […]

Oct
01
2010

Rick Ayers on Waiting for Superman, Vivian Stockman on Appalachia Rising

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The media accolades heaped on the new documentary Waiting for Superman would be the envy of any filmmaker. The movie's stirring endorsement of corporate-backed education reform makes it an easy sell in the corporate media. But education professor and author Rick Ayers calls Waiting for Superman a "slick marketing piece full of half-truths and distortions." He'll join us to explain. Also on the show today: You wouldn't know it from the corporate press, but thousands of people were in Washington, D.C., September 25-27 to call for an end to mountaintop removal mining. The series […]

Aug
13
2010

Rick Steiner on oil spill, Stephan Salisbury on 'Ground Zero Mosque'

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Sighs of relief as BP's Macondo well appears to be sealed, and some stories are already headlined "After the Spill." Our guest says it's no time to celebrate, and "after" isn't the right word. We'll hear from marine conservationist Rick Steiner. Also on the show: The right-wing storyline about a radical al Qaeda-supporting imam's proposal to build a mosque on the 9/11 ruins in Manhattan is false in virtually every aspect. The media haven't been totally remiss in fact-checking some of the falsehoods, but how does this story fit in with the larger context […]

Jul
01
2010

Still Drill, Baby--Despite Spill

Little rethinking of oil after Deepwater disaster

Photo Credit: Huffington Post/AP/Dave Martin

The BP Deepwater oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began on April 20 is now thought to be the greatest environmental catastrophe in the country’s history. Despite this, news coverage in the wake of the spill downplayed the harm, reasserted the need for offshore drilling and minimized the White House’s—and the corporate media’s—recent endorsement of additional offshore oil exploration. On May 2, the New York Times ran a Week in Review piece from Jad Mouawad headlined “The Spill vs. a Need to Drill.” The tone of the article was clear—“emotions are running high” as the disaster gets worse, […]

Jul
01
2010

'You Fearmonger as a Way to Get Viewers'

Sandy Cioffi on Nigeria, the other oil disaster

Photo Credit: Sweet Crude/Sandycioffi.com

It’s hard to imagine a worse situation than the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but the Niger delta in Nigeria has by some accounts suffered spills equaling the Exxon Valdez every year for five decades. Besides the rare report, though, you wouldn’t know about that from U.S. corporate media. FAIR’s radio show CounterSpin (6/25/10) talked with filmmaker Sandy Cioffi, creator of the award-winning 2009 film Sweet Crude. Here’s an edited version of that conversation. CS: Let’s begin with your thoughts on the crisis in the Gulf. Perhaps you could describe some of the differences and similarities [with Nigeria]. […]

May
28
2010

David Helvarg on BP spill, Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Rand Paul

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The BP/Deepwater oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is by almost any standard a much more severe catastrophe than originally thought. Amid the now-they-tell-us reporting on safety violations and lack of regulatory oversight, some fundamental questions about offshore drilling are still left unaddressed—the most important being, "Is this a good idea in the first place?" David Helvarg from the Blue Frontier Campaign will join us to talk about that. Also on CounterSpin today, Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul skipped an interview with Meet the Press; the Tea Party poster boy likely would've faced […]