Jul
04
2014

Dave Zirin on World Cup, Sarah Jaffe on Supreme Court

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Much of the world is tuned into the World Cup. And while the drama on the field is on our TV screens, what about the wrenching political and economic upheaval in host country Brazil that has inspired millions to protest? That's the World Cup story Dave Zirin has been reporting, he'll join us to talk about it.

Also this week: The Supreme Court rulings in Hobby Lobby and Harris, though reportedly narrow, may have far-reaching impacts. Particularly as both almost exclusively affect working women. We'll talk with Sarah Jaffe of In These Times.

Jul
06
2012

Steffie Woolhandler on ACA & single payer, Aziz Huq on Roberts decision

This week on CounterSpin: Now that Obamacare has largely been upheld by the Supreme Court, barring its political defeat, it will be fully implemented over the next couple of years. What can Americans expect? How will they be served? And how well have they been served by a media discussion that focused mostly on the one monetary aspect of the program, the individual mandate, at the expense of what healthcare will look like under the plan? We'll talk with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler of the Physicians for a National Health Program about that. Also on CounterSpin today, Supreme Court chief justice […]

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
08
2012

Fatima Goss Graves on wage gap, Alexis Baden-Mayer on GMO labeling

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The Paycheck Fairness Act, aimed at making it easier to fight gender-based wage discrimination, failed to muster the votes to break Republicans' filibuster in the Senate. Sadly, the measure also failed to muster journalists to address the underlying problem, rather than dismiss it all as just more partisan politicking. It seems unfairness against women, even if it's devastating and daily, just isn’t that newsworthy. We'll hear from Fatima Goss Graves of the National Women's Law Center, about paycheck fairness. Also on CounterSpin today, many people feel like there's a right to know what's in […]

Feb
24
2012

Yousef Munayyer on Khader Adnan, Dana Frank on Honduras

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan provided a real-life example of something many corporate pundits say they've longed to see: A Palestinian activist pursuing non-violent resistance. And yet his 66 day hunger strike to protest Israel's policies of detaining Palestinians for months at a times without charge didn't draw much media attention. We'll talk to Yousef Munayyer of the Palestine Center about that. Also on CounterSpin today, US media are calling the fire that killed at least 360 people in an overcrowded Honduran prison a tragic accident. Our guest calls it "only the latest deadly […]

Jan
06
2012

Glenn Greenwald on NDAA, Corynne McSherry on SOPA

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: President Obama's signing of a defense bill including authorization for the indefinite detention of terror suspects--including U.S. citizens-- has been condemned by leading civil liberties voices. But the outrage has been somewhat obscured by a general confusion about what the bill means and the president’s intentions. Salon columnist and former constitutional litigator Glenn Greenwald will sort that out for us. Also on CounterSpin today, Big Media companies have lined up to support the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, a bill that its supporters say will finally do something about the problem of online […]

Jan
01
2012

Journalism Under Arrest

Clamping down on reporters at Occupy crackdowns

Former FAIR intern John Knefel arrested for being a journalist at OWS--Photo Credit: Salon

Responding to a report in the online publication the Awl (11/17/11) about 26 journalists who had been arrested around the country at Occupy protests, New York City mayoral spokesperson Stu Loeser declared in a note to the press (New York Observer, 11/17/17), “You can imagine my surprise when we found that only five of the 26 arrested reporters actually have valid NYPD-issued press credentials.” Since the Awl story was tallying arrests nationwide, it’s not surprising that few of the journalists had credentials issued by New York’s police—who are notoriously reluctant to issue such credentials anyway. What’s telling, though, is the […]

Sep
01
2011

Obama's DOJ Targets Whistleblowers

If they 'hate our freedoms,' maybe we need less of it

If you really believed, as many Americans claimed to after the September 11 attacks, that "they hate us for our freedom" (Extra! Update, 10/01), then it makes a certain kind of sense to protect against future attacks--by reducing our freedom. That would seem to be the only kind of logic that could justify the erosion of freedom of the press manifested by the Obama Justice Department's concerted efforts to prosecute whistleblowers. The first steps toward the criminalization of being a source for investigative journalism were taken by George W. Bush's administration, when those who revealed how the "War on Terror" […]