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 […]

Apr
01
2012

Losing Patients

Making Medicare a story about doctors—not those they treat

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For the elderly and disabled, catching up on the daily news during the latest Beltway brinkmanship—the deal to extend payroll tax cuts, unemployment benefits and current Medicare doctor fees—could be an exercise in frustration. Dodging persistent (and justified) rumors of forthcoming Medicare cutbacks, politicians and the medical lobby controlled coverage of 2012’s first serious budget debate, while the 47.5 million dependents of that program were left to eavesdrop from the wings. Lack of press scrutiny during the scramble for a payroll tax compromise meant typical Medicare users learned nothing about billions of dollars in program reductions slipped into the package […]

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 […]

Oct
21
2011

Todd Tucker on trade deals, Karuna Jaggar on Think Before You Pink

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The congressional passage of so-called 'free trade' agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama was met with applause by many in the corporate media. The cheering was not only for the corporate friendly provisions of the bills, but for what journalists insist was the bipartisan support for the legislation. Todd Tucker of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch will join us with a different view of the trade pacts. Also on the show: From pink dog toys to pink...handguns? There's no escaping Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sure, some of it's crass, but it raises a […]

Sep
01
2011

Gullible Reporters, Sick Responders

Relaying offical assurances about unsafe air at Ground Zero

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"Not Enough Evidence to Link 9/11 and Cancer, a Federal Report Says." The New York Times headline (7/27/11) delivered a devastating blow to many Ground Zero first responders, as well as to New Yorkers who lived and worked near the long-smoldering wreckage. After years of fighting for federal compensation to cover illnesses resulting from exposure to the toxic dust and fumes released by the destruction of the towers, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was finally passed in 2010 and took effect in 2011 (thanks in no small part to the Daily Show's Jon Stewart, who helped shame […]