May
01
2012

Bored With Occupy—and Inequality

Class issues fade along with protest coverage

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Occupy Wall Street is rightly credited with helping to shift the economic debate in America from a fixation on deficits to issues of income inequality, corporate greed and the centralization of wealth among the richest 1 percent. The movement has chalked up other victories as well, from altering New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax plan (New York Times, 12/5/11) to re-energizing activists and unions, but bringing some discussion of class into the mainstream dialogue has been one of its crowning achievements. As Occupy slowed down for the winter, though, would corporate media continue to talk about our increasingly stratified society […]

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 […]

Feb
17
2012

Ruth Flower on budget, John Nichols on 'Uprising'

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Much reporting on the White House's new budget proposal focuses on tax increases, military cuts, and how it will affect the national debt. But what's the whole story on the White House budget? We'll hear from Ruth Flower from the Friends Committee on National Legislation about the 'Five Things Your Newspaper Might Not Tell You About the Budget.' Also on CounterSpin: One year ago saw a massive uprising against Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's attack on public sector workers. That citizen movement posed a direct challenge to media narratives about issues like labor unions and […]

Dec
27
2011

Occupy the P.U.-litzers!

This year has given us simply too many worthy contenders for FAIR's annual P.U.-litzers--recognizing the stinkiest journalism of the year. A big part of the problem was that so many outlets were striving to distinguish themselves with especially awful coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement. So to note those lowlights, we bring you a special installment of P.U.-litzers: The OWS edition. --Early Warning System Award: CNN's Wolf Blitzer On September 19: "Protests here in New York on Wall Street entering a third day. Should New Yorkers be worried at all about what's going on?"   --We Could Do It […]

Dec
16
2011

Jamilah King on the digital divide, John Knefel on OWS arrests

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Few deny anymore that internet access is becoming critical to taking part in political and economic life. So, what does it matter that research shows that higher proportions of African Americans and Latinos than white people are achieving that access through relatively more affordable smartphones rather than home computers? Our guest says unless things are changed, it's going to matter very much indeed. Jamilah King from Colorlines.com will join us to talk about the 'new' digital divide. Also on the show: The epidemic of strong-arm police tactics being applied to Occupy activists and the […]

Dec
09
2011

Michael Dorsey on COP-17, Karl Grossman on Fukushima

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The annual United Nations meeting on climate change is underway. That might be news to you if you rely on television for your information. These international conferences tend to produce stories that dwell on the lack of progress, or the unwillingness of countries like China to do more. Dartmouth environmental studies professor Michael Dorsey is on the scene in Durban, South Africa and he'll join us to talk about what's happening—and what's at stake. Also on CounterSpin today: There's no shortage of stories coming out of Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis. Radiation has turned up […]

Dec
01
2011

Youth Reporting--Aided by NewsHour

Outsiders’ voices making inroads at PBS

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“There are a lot of marginalized communities that really need to be involved in this struggle,” insists a young woman from the People of Color Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. Another organizer reflects, “Marginalized communities from New York City, particularly oppressed people, people of color...were totally underrepresented, and it was unclear if that was going to change. But it has. It really, really has.” These critiques of Occupy Wall Street, by some of the young people shaping and propelling the growing protest, are not typical stories you see on websites and broadcasts of major news outlets. Even as Occupy […]

Dec
01
2011

'This Mass Movement Has Captured the Public's Imagination'

Arun Gupta on Occupy Wall Street coverage

Download MP3 The corporate media reaction to Occupy Wall Street started out where you’d expect. Coverage was minimal and what there was often amounted to back-of-the-hand dismissals of a movement that can’t even get its bullet points together. Then things started to shift: Maybe it was the arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge, or maybe it was just the persistence of the activists that wore down media’s usual disinterest in progressive activism.