Jan 07 2011

Bob Parry on GOP ‘info war,’ Nancy Lockhart on Scott sisters


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: the Tea Party takes power in Washington. The new Republican majority in the House of Representatives brought a certain type of political theater—giant gavels, the reading of the Constitution, and John Boehner’s tears. But there is another kind of theater to come, as Republicans vow to launch a variety of investigations of the Obama White House. Robert Parry of Consortium News will join us to talk about how these efforts are likely to play in the press. Also on CounterSpin today, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour commuted the sentences of Jamie and Gladys Scott. The […]

Dec 03 2010

Robert Naiman on WikiLeaks-Honduras, Richard Prince on the Scott sisters

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: WikiLeaks strikes again, this time with the release of 250,000 diplomatic cables that shed considerable light on how U.S. foreign policy is conducted. The headlines so far are about Iran’s weapons and the perilous situation in Pakistan. But one story hasn’t received enough media attention: how the U.S. embassy really saw the 2009 coup in Honduras. How did this cable conflict with official U.S. pronouncements and corporate media spin? We’ll talk to Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy. Also on CounterSpin today: Two women are serving double life sentences in Mississippi for the alleged […]

Aug 01 2010

Finishing School for Elena Kagan

Policing the gender and sexuality of a high court nominee

Policing the gender and sexuality of a high court nomineeWhen Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, her status as an unmarried professional woman did not go unnoticed—nor did her disregard for stereotypically “feminine” dress and behavior. Policing of Kagan’s gender and sexuality worked its way through the media like a whispering campaign, proving that conforming to rigid gender norms is still an expectation for smart, powerful women. On April 15, CBSNews.com re-printed an opinion article originally published on the website of right-wing blogger Benjamin Domenech (New Ledger, 4/11/10). In the piece, Domenech wrote that Kagan […]

Aug 01 2010

‘Spotlight’ on Police Violence Fails to Illuminate

Media connection sparks interest, not introspection

Media connection sparks interest, not introspectionSeattle freelance videographer Jud Morris thought he saw news April 17 when he found a police officer standing over a man lying on the sidewalk, telling him, “I’m going to beat the fucking Mexican piss out of you, homey. You feel me?” and kicking him in the head. Morris captured the incident, including the next moment when a second officer stomped on 21-year-old Martin Monetti’s leg—and the next, when the officers realized they had the wrong guy and let Monetti up, bloodied, without offering medical assistance—and brought it immediately to local Fox affiliate KCPQ (known […]

Aug 01 2010

Stolen Books

Great works that should belong to you but don’t

Great works that should belong to you but don’tThink of the great robbery teams: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid…Bonnie and Clyde…Bill Clinton and Orrin Hatch? Yes, Clinton and Hatch pulled off one of the greatest robberies of all time—stealing billions of dollars worth of cultural treasures from the public for the benefit of corporations via the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act—written by Sen. Hatch (R.-Utah) and signed into law by President Clinton in 1998. (The bill was given the name of the variety show host-turned-lawmaker after he died in a skiing accident.) Roughly speaking, the Bono Act lengthened […]

May 14 2010

Glenn Greenwald and Marjorie Cohn on the Elena Kagan nomination


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Barack Obama has announced his pick for Supreme Court justice—former Harvard Law School dean and Solicitor General Elena Kagan. And the media debates have begun: about her record, her credentials and her likely impact on the court. We’ll sort through some of what you’re hearing and perhaps what you aren’t hearing in a conversation with court watchers Glenn Greenwald, of Salon.com and author and law professor Marjorie Cohn. That’s coming up but first, as usual, we’ll take a look back at the week’s press. —With a story like the ongoing environmental disaster in the […]

Jan 29 2010

Charlie Cray on Supreme Court election ruling, Mark Weisbrot on Haiti


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 that corporations may not be limited in their spending to influence elections, because they have the same free speech rights as people. Among the many questions raised are not just what this means for elections, but what it means for “free” speech. We’ll hear from Charlie Cray of the Center for Corporate Policy on that story. Also on the program: Amidst the misery, there are a many feel-good stories being reported in the U.S. press about the American role in attempting to bring relief to Haiti. But not all […]

Dec 01 2009

Not So Fast, Filibuster

Quietly changing the rules of democracy

Quietly changing the rules of democracyThe United States has made a dramatic change in its system of governance—with little debate or even attention paid in corporate media. The change is the vastly increased importance of the filibuster, a parliamentary maneuver that allows a minority of lawmakers—under current Senate rules, 41 out of 100—to indefinitely extend debate and prevent a final vote. Once a curiosity invoked a handful of times during any two-year congressional session, the filibuster became more common starting in the 1970s; in the Clinton administration and early in the George W. Bush years, the Senate had to move […]