Nov 24 2015

A Day in the Quality of Life at the Manhattan Institute

The Manhattan Institute's panel on "Quality of Life" (photo: Manhattan Institute)

Last week I rolled up to 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan for a “Quality of Life Panel” hosted by the Manhattan Institute, one of the city’s most influential conservative think tanks.

Oct 08 2015

‘Poverty Is Not a Lifelong Identity’

CounterSpin interview with Rebecca Vallas about shaming the poor

Rebecca Vallas

“Fox News is one of the leading offenders in terms of advancing narratives and myths and misperceptions that really can end up being the basis for terrible policy, that hurt…everyone but those at the top of the income ladder.”

Oct 02 2015

Rebecca Vallas on Welfare Shaming, David Baron on Air Polluters

Air pollution (cc photo: Craig Nagy)

The growing number of people, many with jobs, relying on some form of aid isn’t enough to shake the notion that economic need is something you can shame people out of. And media recite the protests of polluting industries without interrogating them.

Sep 08 2015

‘They Were Willing to Pay the Price With Other People’s Bodies’

CounterSpin interview with Felicia Kornbluh on the legacy of 'welfare reform'

Felicia Kornbluh

Janine Jackson interviewed professor Felicia Kornbluh on the legacy of “welfare reform” for the August 28 CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Sep 05 2015

Ignoring the Cause of Welfare: Not Laziness but Low Wages

Comparison of tax rates for undocumented immigrants and top 1 percent

The impression many Americans hold is that people are on welfare because they are lazy. Corporate media often propagate this myth, failing to acknowledge scientific studies that show that most people on welfare live in working households.

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.

Oct 01 2014

Both Sides Now

Plans to ease poverty don't have to work--so long as they're bipartisan

Paul Ryan

Instead of stressing cuts to poverty programs as a way to balance the budget, Ryan was now pushing them as a way to tackle poverty. This, in the eyes of many news outlets, was a welcome shift toward “bipartisanship.”

Oct 04 2013

Imara Jones on Government Shutdown, Ryan Koronowski on IPCC Report


This week on CounterSpin: The government shutdown has pundits lamenting the same old Beltway dysfunction. But who’s actually to blame for the shutdown? And who’s affected? We’ll speak to Imara Jones from ColorLines.

Also on the show: The U.N.’s latest climate report is out, and its findings are alarming. According to the scientists, they are as certain that we are causing warming as they are that cigarettes cause cancer, and the problem is not getting any better. So why are some outlets reporting the IPCC’s findings as good news? We’ll talk to Ryan Koronowski of Climate Progress about what the report actually says.