Jun 8 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 6 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 1 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 1 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” […]

Aug 26 2011

Faiza Patel on NYPD surveillance, Rena Steinzor on regulatory reforms

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: An Associated Press report about how the New York City Police Department is working with the CIA to carry out domestic spying operations on minorities in cities across the U.S., is making some waves, and raising questions about ethnic and racial profiling. NYPD has tried to deny aspects of the August 25th story, and on August 26th, a news conference by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was cut short when a reporter asked about it. We’ll be joined by Faiza Patel, the co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at New York University’s […]

Jun 24 2011

Susan Saladoff on Hot Coffee, Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky on Battle for Brooklyn

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin we’re talking about two new films which, while journalism is not their central subject, directly engage news media’s influence and real world impact as a critical part of the stories they tell. First up: You’ve heard the one about the old woman who sued McDonalds for MILLIONS just because her coffee was hot! A new documentary tells the real story about that infamous case— starting with how almost everything you know about it is wrong. The film Hot Coffee explores the real political fight over the past few decades, not about runaway juries and […]

May 23 2011

Libya and the Law

Media Show Slight Interest in War Powers, Geneva

Media debates over the U.S./NATO war in Libya have often amounted to proponents arguing for “humanitarian” intervention while conservative critics worry about Barack Obama’s management of the war. But the question of the war’s legality should be a front and center concern. Obama’s decided to wage war on Libya without seeking congressional approval. Under some interpretations of the War Powers Act, a president can do this for 60 days, a deadline that passed on Friday, May 20. After this, according to the law, military action without Congress’s authorization is illegal. The approaching deadline attracted little media coverage. The most prominent […]