Elite media, having championed hard for the dismantling of the safety net known as “welfare reform,” were markedly less interested in tracking the human fallout.
This week on CounterSpin: The 50th anniversary of the launch of LBJ’s War on Poverty is generating a lot of press coverage of an issue corporate media tend to mostly ignore. But what’s missing from these conservations? We’ll ask author and professor Stephen Pimpare.
Also on CounterSpin today, In the wake of successful marijuana decriminalization efforts in Colorado and Washington state, pundit opponents of pot are forcefully objecting. New York Times columnist David Brooks says he smoked when he was young, and it wasn’t so bad, but let’s continue to criminalize it; and Fox’s Bill O’Reilly says marijuana, texting, and video games are sending our youth down an escapist road to ruin. We’ll be joined by Columbia University neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart, for a very different view.
The government shutdown may be over, but there’s no cause to celebrate for those hardest hit–-people already reeling from earlier austerity measures. Despite what you may have heard, the pain was not restricted to political ‘losers’ and those turned away from monuments. We’ll hear from Sister Simone Campbell of the Catholic social justice lobby Network.
Also on the show: Plan B is not an abortion drug, not medically controversial, and since it can be taken 72 hours after sex it’s not even a ‘morning after’ pill. A new project clears misconceptions around Plan B and tests whether it’s actually as accessible as the law intends. Jo Ellen Green Kaiser of the Media Consortium will talk about that.