Jun 30 2015

Everyone Gets Cosmetic Procedures, Says Time–and by ‘Everyone,’ They Mean Almost No One

Time: Nip. Tuck. Or Else.

“Now everyone gets work done. Will you?” reads the front-page teaser for Joel Stein’s piece about plastic surgery, Even by the standards of newsweekly hyperbole, this is ridiculous.

Jun 29 2015

George Will Won’t Throw Out a Perfectly Good Column Just Because Its Premise Is Completely Wrong

Chief Justice John Roberts (photo: Larry Downing/Reuters)

At some point, Will either noticed, or someone pointed out to him, that Roberts’ decision did the opposite of what Will’s column says it did.

Dec 01 2014

Ebola Story Puts Old Fears in New Virus

Behind media obsession, a sad old story of poverty and priorities

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Ebola is less a story about a bizarre new disease and its unpredictably disastrous capacities, and more a sad old story about poverty and priorities.

Oct 24 2014

Harriet Washington on Ebola, Carl Conetta on ‘Isolationism’ and US Public

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As the Ebola fear-mongering seems to be letting up a little, one thing that hasn’t changed is media inattention to the xenopobia that has gone hand in hand with the panic, and any real exploration issues of inequality and how they play out in treatment of the deadly disease. We’ll talk to medical ethicist and award winning author Harriet Washington about Ebola.

syria-protestAlso this week: Polls show pretty clearly that the public isn’t enthusiastic about getting involved in more wars. To many elites, this is dangerous isolationism and a retreat from America’s rightful position as a superpower. Carl Conetta of the Project on Defense Alternatives has taken a deep look at public opinion and the problem with elite rhetoric about isolationism. He’ll join us to talk about it.

Sep 26 2014

Laurie Garrett on Ebola Crisis, Anne Petermann on Climate March

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This week on CounterSpin: The current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is unprecedented in its scale. But while some media focus on experimental vaccines, health experts say we ought to be talking about fundamental inequities in basic healthcare delivery. We’ll talk about ebola with Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Also on the show: The largest environmental march ever brought hundreds of thousands into New York City streets, but the People’s Climate Watch was mostly ignored by the media. As was its companion action, Flood Wall Street, which targeted corporations behind climate instability with civil disobedience. Is the people’s voice on climate change being ignored by the corporate media just as it’s been ignored by corporate backed governments? We’ll speak with Anne Petermann, director of the Global Justice Ecology Project, and the Climate-Connections blog.

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.

Apr 01 2013

Missing the Bigger Picture on Transgender Healthcare

When appropriate care depends on your school or job

Transgender people and allies fight for healthcare for everyone, not just university students. (photo crediit: Liz Highleyman)

The New York Times (2/13/13) reported that in the last few years, several elite U.S. universities have begun to cover sex reassignment surgery and/or hormones for trans-gender students. On the one hand, it’s great that they’re reporting news like this. After years of extremely disrespectful coverage of transgender issues (Extra!, 11/07), it feels like a victory that the story’s “balance” is limited to noting that “the idea still seems radical to plenty of people.” On the other hand, not a single trans-identified person is quoted. But what is most striking about this kind of article is how it utterly fails […]

Jul 06 2012

Steffie Woolhandler on ACA & single payer, Aziz Huq on Roberts decision

This week on CounterSpin: Now that Obamacare has largely been upheld by the Supreme Court, barring its political defeat, it will be fully implemented over the next couple of years. What can Americans expect? How will they be served? And how well have they been served by a media discussion that focused mostly on the one monetary aspect of the program, the individual mandate, at the expense of what healthcare will look like under the plan? We’ll talk with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler of the Physicians for a National Health Program about that. Also on CounterSpin today, Supreme Court chief justice […]