Nov 19 2013

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Don Lemon’s message to black America

CNN's Don Lemon endorses Bill O'Reilly's critique of black "street culture."

This is far from the first time corporate media legitimized the indictment of black culture for issues like black unemployment and community violence.

Nov 1 2013

The Rise of Establishment Reporting

How a crisis in journalism led to the cult of balance


To fend off a serious threat to their survival, major newspaper owners promoted a new sense of journalism, one that still dominates the news industry today.

Nov 1 2013

COUNTERSPIN INTERVIEW: ‘The People Who Saw Their Dreams Exploding Are Blamed for This Crisis’

Laura Gottesdiener on Foreclosures

Anti-foreclosure activism, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. (cc photo: Michael Premo)

CounterSpin’s Janine Jackson talked to Laura Gottesdiener, author of A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home, a new book that brings the foreclosure crisis into vivid focus.

Nov 1 2013

When the World’s Richest Billionaire Owns Your Paper

The New York Times covers Carlos Slim—carefully

Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim costs his country an estimated $32 billion a year

Carlos Slim is the world’s richest person. His father, Julién Slim Haddad, immigrated to Mexico from Lebanon as a teenager, and by the time Carlos was born, the family was well-off, having acquired a number of businesses and real estate in Mexico City. Slim took his father’s financial lessons to heart, starting a stock brokerage that slowly grew to a corporate empire. Today he owns, among other things, América Móvil, Latin America’s largest wireless services provider. In 2007, the estimated value of the companies he ran was a whopping $150 billion. In that year, Mexico’s GDP was just over $1 […]

Nov 1 2013

No Class Warfare, Please—We’re Americans

What we talk about when we talk about inequality

Source: Census Bureau/Mother Jones

In focusing solely on whether some poor Americans can swap places with those in the middle or upper classes, media coverage skirted the larger issue: the growing distance between top and bottom earners.

Nov 1 2013

The Illusion of Debate Over Striking Syria

Despite antiwar public—and put-downs of Obama—media back war as usual

There was little support for war on Syria—except on US broadcast news, where most of the debates and discussions still tilted in favor of a military attack.