Dec 24 2010

Trudy Lieberman on health care law, Lee Stranahan on Pigford settlement

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Following a federal court ruling in Virginia finding the individual mandate provision of the 2010 healthcare act unconstitutional, there was some solid coverage of the Constitutional issues involved in a policy that will, if ultimately upheld, require every American to purchase private insurance. But what about coverage before the bill was passed? We’ll talk with the Colombia Journalism Review’s Trudy Lieberman about media coverage of the mandate, before and after its passage. Also on CounterSpin today, if you’ve caught any media coverage of the Pigford settlement, it probably sounds like good news: Black farmers […]

Apr 23 2010

Frontline Edits Out Single-Payer

Documentary misrepresented advocates as supporters of a public option

Silencing supporters of single-payer, or Medicare for All, is a media staple, but PBS‘s Frontline found a new way to do that on the April 13 special Obama’s Deal–by selectively editing an interview with a single-payer advocate and footage of single-payer protesters to make them appear to be activists for a public option instead. The public option proposal would have offered a government-run health insurance program to some individuals as an alternative to mandatory private health insurance. Not only is this not the same thing as Medicare for All, it’s an idea many single-payer advocates actually opposed, arguing that it […]

Apr 01 2010

The Flawed Media Narrative of the Healthcare Debate

When ignoring constituents is ‘pragmatic’

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/tjmwatson

Through all the twists and turns of the healthcare reform debate, one thing has remained constant: Progressive ideas with majority popular support are falsely portrayed as radical, ideological fantasies, while those who oppose them are praised as pragmatic and reasonable. This trend began when Washington insiders excluded the idea of a single-payer public health insurance program at the beginning of the reform process (Extra!, 6/09). It culminated when the Senate finally passed a bill that, as a result of a few obstructionist senators and the acquiescence of Democratic leaders, was stripped of its most progressive remaining reforms—including the “public option,” […]

Apr 01 2010

Will Face the Nation Factcheck Guest’s Healthcare Lies?

CBS's Schieffer owes TV audience the truth

CBS‘s Face the Nation (3/28/10) covered the passage of healthcare reform by inviting Democratic National Committee chair Tim Kaine and two Republican critics on the program–one of whom spread misinformation that went unchallenged by host Bob Schieffer. What’s notable about this is that CBS has since posted on its website a debunking of the two claims made by the guest, conservative Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann from Minnesota. At the very beginning of the interview, Bachmann explained her opposition to the new healthcare law: “Now we have the federal government, Bob, taking over ownership or control of 51 percent of the […]

Mar 26 2010

Trudy Lieberman on health care, Phyllis Bennis on Israel-U.S. relations

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The long debate over health care reform might be, at least in some respects, over. Will conservatives still warn of creeping socialism and the end of American freedom? Sure. And many policy analysts are unimpressed with the new law– though those critiques are much harder to find in the corporate press than the views of Tea Party extremists. We’ll talk to Trudy Lieberman from Columbia Journalism Review about what we learned– and didn’t learn– over the past year. Also on Counterspin today: One of the most serious conflicts between the US and Israel in […]

Mar 12 2010

Lynn Paltrow on Utah miscarriage law, Susan Linn on Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: A new law in Utah says women who miscarry, in some cases, should go to jail. You may have seen some coverage, but are journalists asking the right questions about the law’s implications, and is there a bigger story here that’s being missed? We’ll hear from executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Lynn Paltrow. Also on CounterSpin today, with a name like the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, you’d expect such a group is going to upset some big corporations. And they have, including launching a very successful campaign against media giant […]

Feb 01 2010

The New ‘Forgotten’ War

Iraq occupation falls into media shadows

“The Western world that slaughtered Iraq and Iraqis, through 13 years of sanctions and seven years of occupation, is now turning its back on the victims. What has remained of Iraq is still being devastated by bombings, assassinations, corruption, millions of evictions and continued infrastructure destruction. Yet the world that caused all this is trying to draw a rosy picture of the situation in Iraq.”—Maki Al-Nazzal, Iraqi political analyst As Afghanistan has taken center stage in U.S. corporate media, with President Barack Obama announcing two major escalations of the war in recent months, the U.S. occupation of Iraq has fallen […]

Nov 27 2009

Maryann Napoli on mammography guidelines, Rebecca Solnit on ‘The Battle for Seattle’

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: There’s a lot of controversy around new mammogram guidelines—but it’s not coming from the research community. We’ll talk to Maryann Napoli of the Center for Medical Consumers about that evolving story. Also on the show: Ten years ago a seemingly obscure meeting of a relatively unknown international trade body made headlines around the world. The so-called Battle of Seattle galvanized anti-globalization protesters who shut down the World Trade Organization meetings and pushed criticism of the WTO’s unchecked power into the corporate media. So, a decade on, how do those corporate media remember—or misremember—Seattle? And […]