Nov 03 2015

Black Lives Matter? Not in an NYT Graphic


That deaths among middle-aged whites are rising and falling among other groups is a remarkable story. But the story is complicated, surely, by the fact that the shocking news is that middle-age whites in the US now die 71 percent as often as blacks

Oct 01 2015

‘We Could Have All These Drugs Available at Generic Prices’

CounterSpin interview with Dean Baker about why medicine costs so much

Dean Baker (cc photo: Keith Ivey)

“We don’t think it makes sense to have the fire department come down to your house when it’s on fire and your family is inside, then negotiate how much you should pay them. And that’s in effect what we’ve done with drugs.”

Sep 25 2015

Dean Baker on Drug Prices, Brandon Garrett on Corporate Crime

Martin Shkreli on NBC News

Drug company CEO Martin Shkreli became the target of public outrage by raising the price of a drug from $13 to $750 a tablet. Plus: The Volkwagen case raises yet again the question of whether our legal system can adequately respond to corporate crime.

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


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


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


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.