Jul 25 2011

Seeing ‘Islamic Terror’ in Norway

Learning no lessons from Oklahoma City mistakes

Learning no lessons from Oklahoma City mistakesRight-wing terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik reportedly killed 76 people in Norway on Friday, by all accounts driven by far-right anti-immigrant politics and fervent Islamophobia. But many early media accounts assumed that the perpetrator of the attacks was Muslim. On news of the first round of attacks–the bombs in Oslo–CNN‘s Tom Lister (7/22/11) didn’t know who did it, but knew they were Muslims: “It could be a whole range of groups. But the point is that Al-Qaeda is not so much an organization now. It’s more a spirit for these people. It’s a mobilizing […]

Mar 25 2011

Asli Bali on Libya, Alia Malek on US Muslim prisons


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The U.S.’s sudden military involvement in Libya raises many questions that have not been answered by officials who’ve plunged the country into a war they say is to protect civilians, or even asked by many journalists who have been too busy cheering to ask them. Questions like how certain are we that going war will be better for Libyan civilians than the threat they faced from Libyan dictator Muammar el-Gadhafi? And what solutions short of war were sought? We’ll be joined by UCLA law professor Asli Bali. Also on the show: the seemingly unending […]

Mar 11 2011

Phyllis Bennis on Libya, Graham Rayman on Newburgh Four


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Soldiers loyal to Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi continue their assault on rebels, nearly a month into the democratic uprising there. Media are debating how and when and even whether the US should intervene, but how much of their reasoning has anything to do with what Libyans want? We’ll talk with Phyllis Bennis from the Institute for Policy Studies about Libya. Also on CounterSpin today, Congressman Peter King’s hearings on Islamic extremism are generating headlines and controversy. The backdrop for this conversation, we often hear, is terrorism; several plots emanating from U.S. Muslim communities show that […]

Feb 04 2011

Adil Shamoo on Egypt, Fawaz Gerges on Muslim Brotherhood


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The massive uprising in Egypt has been covered as a story of violent clashes and an awakening on the so-called ‘Arab Street.’ As we record this program, some pro-Mubarak forces are attacking journalists. Plenty of U.S. coverage focuses on the U.S. foreign policy position—with plenty of euphemisms about a ‘tightrope’ and ‘delicate balance’ for a U.S. government that has propped up the Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak for three decades. We’ll talk about that with Adil Shamoo Also on CounterSpin today: It’s an obsession for Fox News Channel, and an area of concern for other […]

Oct 29 2010

Clarence Lusane on Juan Williams, Chris Rogers on Pakistan


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The firing of Juan Williams from NPR might seem like an inside media story; it’s become more as Williams, who was let go after saying people in “Muslim garb” on planes make him nervous, has become something of a cause celebre for the right. We’ll talk about what it all says about the present moment with Clarence Lusane, professor at American University and author of the forthcoming The Black History of the White House. Also on CounterSpin today: The U.S. war in Afghanistan is nearly a decade old. But U.S. military actions in neighboring […]

Oct 01 2010

The Media’s Construction of the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

How Islamophobic blogs manufactured a controversy

How Islamophobic blogs manufactured a controversy How did a local story about a proposal to build an Islamic cultural center in Lower Manhattan turn into a national controversy about whether a “Ground Zero Mosque” would be a slap in the face to 9/11 victims? It started with a small group of anti-Muslim activists who suggested the proposal was a scheme by anti-American Muslims to “conquer” the hallowed site of the September 11 attacks (Big Government, 5/18/10). Some even suggested that the Imam behind the proposal was an Al-Qaeda supporter (Fox News, 5/13/10). The project was named “Cordoba House,” opponents argued, […]

Sep 24 2010

Reza Aslan on Turkey, Todd Tucker on free trade agreements


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Turkey voted on a package of constitutional reforms this month. The message you heard in much of the media coverage is that the victory for the ruling Islamic party, Justice and Development, is more evidence that Turkey is drifting in the wrong direction, shunning the West and playing to its Islamic majority. But does this analysis make sense? We’ll talk to author and professor Reza Aslan. Also on the show: More so-called free trade agreements are on the White House agenda; Obama says they’re the way to increase exports, which is the way to […]

Feb 19 2010

Sebastian Jones on Media-Lobbying Complex, Ibrahim Hooper on Islamville TV report


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Paid-for pundits. If you’ve ever wondered who the so-called experts pontificating on cable news channels really are, a new investigation published in the Nation magazine gives you some answers. Reporter Sebastian Jones will join us to talk about the secret corporate PR spinners and lobbyists who pose as pundits—without viewers knowing who they’re actually working for. Also on CounterSpin today: Did a local Nashville TV newscast, featuring anti-Muslim propaganda and warnings about the terrorists among us, spark a vandalism attack on an area mosque? Many Nashvillians, including many in the city’s Muslim community think […]