Apr 22 2011

Amanda Marcotte on Planned Parenthood, Dave Lindorff on Standard & Poor’s ‘negative outlook’


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The budget battle over Planned Parenthood’s federal funding produced more than the average dose of media misinformation. And clues, mostly missed by the media about the GOP’s actual agenda. We’ll talk with journalist and blogger Amanda Marcotte about Planned Parenthood. Also on the show: Standard & Poor’s issued a “negative outlook” report on the U.S. debt, warning that the country’s credit could be in jeopardy in the next few years. If true this could seriously threaten the ecomony. But is it? And what about S&P’s political timing? We’ll talk to journalist Dave Lindorff about […]

Feb 01 2011

Pundits Fuel the Right’s Latest Rage

‘Constitutional’ conservatives’ selective love for Bill of Rights

Right-leaning pundits play a key role in a growing fad of self-styled “constitutional conservatives” who say Barack Obama is subverting the U.S. Constitution—and brandish pocket-sized copies of the document to prove it. The pundits cite a potpourri of purportedly unconstitutional policies, including healthcare legislation, corporate bailouts and perhaps even a cover-up over where Obama was born. And they’re making an impact. A Nexis database search of U.S. newspapers and news wires using the terms “constitutional conservative/conservatism” gives some indication of the growing prominence of the trend. Rarely mentioned in the year 2000 (12 times) or even in 2009 (30), it […]

Dec 24 2010

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


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


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


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 […]