Sep 04 2015

USA Today Provides a Platform for Anti-Immigration Think Tank’s Flawed Study

USA Today coverage of immigrants and welfare

CIS does not provide a comparison of the cost of welfare going to immigrant and non-immigrant households–presumably because such a comparison would have weakened its anti-immigrant case.

Jul 10 2015

Costas Panayotakis on Greek ‘No’ Vote, Rachel Nolan on Dominican Displacement

New York Post: Greek Tragedy

The New York Post headline “Greek Tragedy: Nation Commits Economic Suicide” was only yelling what was spoken elsewhere: that Greek voters invited ruin with their “No” vote on an austerity referendum.

Jun 26 2015

Travis Dixon on ‘Terrorism’ Labels, Seth Freed Wessler on Immigration Prison Uprising

Amanda and Jerad Miller, right-wing terrorists

When do journalists choose to unleash the weaponized language of “terrorism”—and what effect does that have on public opinion and policy? University of Illinois professor Travis Dixon has researched media patterns on the issue.

Dec 01 2014

Having Their Hate and Defeating Dems Too

At Fox News Latino, immigrants go from target to target audience

Fox News Latino logo

Fox News Channel pander to xenophobic white conservatives with fear-mongering about Latino immigrants, while Fox News Latino brings Latinos to the Republican Party with feel-good coverage of Latino conservatives.

May 30 2013

Immigrants Missing From Immigration Debate

Political issue or economic factor--but not human beings

DC immigration rally (cc photo: Anuska Sampedro)

When Extra! analyzed immigration reform coverage, the majority of sources from all networks were white male politicians born in the United States without personal ties to immigration. The voices of immigrants or activists were mostly absent.

Jun 29 2012

Maegan La Mala Ortiz on Supreme Court and Arizona, Robert Naiman on Julian Assange

This week on CounterSpin: Media seemed unable to decide if the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s controversial immigration law was good news for the law’s supporters or its opponents. Was the ruling that murky, or do journalists just not see it so clearly? We’ll hear from VivirLatino blogger and writer Maegan La Mala Ortiz on the impact of the Court’s decision. Also on the show: The legal drama surrounding WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange has intensified over the past week; Assange is reportedly requesting asylum from Ecuador, out of fear that Swedish authorities would turn him over to the United States to […]

Jun 22 2012

Sara Khorshid on Egypt, Mohammad Abdollahi on immigration

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: In the wake of the Egyptian military and courts dissolving that country’s parliament, and suspending an announcement of the winner in the presidential election, US politicians and journalist have begun to talk about $1.3 billion in military aid the U.S. gives to Egypt each year. But is it really a shocker that the Egyptian military doesn’t support democracy? We’ll talk with independent Egyptian journalist Sara Khorshid about the betrayal of Egyptian democracy. Also on CounterSpin today, Barack Obama made what seemed like a big move on the immigration front, with a June 15 Rose […]

Jul 29 2011

Devin Burghart on Norway terror, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd on Strauss-Kahn case

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The US media narrative equating terrorism with Islam was on embarrassing display last week following the Norwegian terror attacks, a story which raised issues about right-wing extremism, and the links between violent speech and violent actions. We’ll speak with Devin Burghart, the vice president of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, who has written about white nationalism in Norway and the US. Also on CounterSpin today, some things about the Dominique Strauss Kahn rape case are all-too familiar: a famous, powerful suspect, an anonymous accuser whose background and personal life are […]