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

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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.

Sep
14
2012

Kevin Kumashiro on Chicago teachers' strike, Rose Aguilar on poverty reporting

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This week on CounterSpin: The biggest fight the striking Chicago Teachers Union face is with the school district and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. But the story has exposed, once again, that corporate media have little good to say about organized teachers. We'll talk to Kevin Kumashiro of the University of Illinois-Chicago about what the fight in Chicago is really about. Also on CounterSpin: In a campaign in which economic issues play prominently, the issue of poverty, affecting huge numbers of Americans is almost totally ignored: A new FAIR study finds poverty has been discussed in just 0.2 percent of campaign […]

Sep
01
2012

Media Not Concerned About the Very Poor

Study finds poverty not an issue in most election coverage

Homeless man reading a newspaper in Detroit--Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/Ifmuth

"All this talk today about poverty got us wondering just how many people in America live below the poverty line,” anchor Scott Pelley announced on the CBS Evening News (2/1/12). By “all this talk,” Pelley was referring to less than 200 words, in a report CBS had just aired on GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s missteps, that discussed Romney’s remark that he wasn’t “concerned about the very poor.” Though the brief story was actually about the political horse race, it apparently struck Pelley as an unusual amount of focus on poverty. And, sadly, he was right. Poverty as an issue is […]

May
25
2012

Dana Frank on Honduras, Gary Rivlin on Economic Hardship Reporting Project

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The story of DEA involvement in the killing of four civilians in Honduras on May 11, provides a compelling opportunity to look at the broader U.S. role in a country that is being torn apart by an escalating drug war. We’ll talk with historian and Honduras-watcher Dana Frank, about what’s happening there and how the media are covering it. Also on the show: Americans have become used to a media conversation in which the idea that poor people's problem is that they have too much is deemed a legitimate point of argument, and the […]

Feb
10
2012

Jon O'Brien on contraception controversy, Richard Rothstein on segregation study

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Another front has opened up in the long-running battle over the new health care law. As we hear the story in the media, Catholics are up in arms over being required to provide birth control, or something to that effect. Republicans are loudly criticizing the White House's war on religious freedom. What's the reality though? Jon O'Brien of Catholics for Choice will join us to sort fact from fiction. Also on CounterSpin today, New research heralds the end of the segregated century, says census data show US cities most integrated they've been since 1910. […]

Jan
01
2012

It's All of Us; Except the 1 Percent

COUNTERSPIN INTERVIEW :Frances Fox Piven on poverty and Occupy Wall Street

Frances Fox Piven--Photo Credit: Mediaite

The Occupy movement has garnered, if not the respect, at least the acknowledgement of a corporate press corps inclined for any number of reasons to ignore it. Still, coverage is centered on the protesters themselves, without necessarily engaging their ideas or allowing those ideas to shape reporting. It’s entirely possible for media to say these ideas matter and still not act as though they do. How, for example, does media’s interest in the 99 Percent affect their understanding of how poverty is defined? Or whose perspectives should be included in news on the economy? CounterSpin’s Janine Jackson explored these issues […]

Nov
11
2011

Cyrus Safdari on Iran/IAEA, Frances Fox Piven on poverty

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The International Atomic Energy Agency published its latest report on Iran on November 8th, but for nearly two weeks beforehand news media were rife with leak-based stories promising the report would be "game changing." What did it actually say, and what of that is to be believed? We'll talk to Cyrus Safdari who is tracking the story at IranAffairs.com. Also on the show this week: As the Occupy movement continues to focus attention on economic inequality, a spate of media coverage is presenting new Census data as suggesting that poverty might not be as […]