Jan 01 2014

Rob Ford’s Crack Faux Pas

Media fascination with white Toronto mayor’s drug of choice

The "detail" about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's drug use that most seemed to fascinate media was that it involved a drug associated with "black underclass" stereotypes.

It’s important to note what pushed this episode into the spotlight in a culture desensitized to political scandals: A white Canadian mayor smoked crack. And our collective jaws were expected to hit the floor when we saw the “evidence”: video of Ford smoking with a group of black men in a Toronto housing project.

Aug 23 2013

Gary Younge on ‘I Have a Dream,’ Susan Ohanian on Common Core

Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech

Media are flooding with coverage commemorating the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. But corporate media’s King says more about their own self-image and desire for ‘post-racialism’ than about King’s actual ideas or the actual state of U.S. race relations. We’ll separate myth from reality with Gary Younge, author of the new book, The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream.

Also on CounterSpin today, media tell us that the new Common Core educational standards are opposed by a frightening coalition of critics on the left and right. Like many of the debates over public schools, Common Core is made to sound like common sense: Let’s set higher standards and help America’s schoolchildren succeed. But what’s obscured by that picture? We’ll talk to education writer and activist Susan Ohanian.

Jun 01 2013

SoundBites June 2013

Extra! June 2013

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Concealing a Spy Who Hid Torture; Misremembering Thatcher; PBS’s Debate on Social Security

May 01 2013

Whose Police State?

National media focus on 2nd Amendment over 4th Amendment

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National media focus on 2nd Amendment over 4th Amendment.

May 01 2013

Comic Book Superheroes Face Their Greatest Challenge!

Stuggling to stay relevant in the 21st century

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Despite the fact that you can’t turn on the TV without being reminded about the existence of superhero movies, the original medium for superhero stories —comic books—has been in significant decline over the past few years. They’ve tried to bring in new readers by diversifying their line-up: DC Comics rebooted everything with its “New 52!” while Marvel Comics created the parallel “Ultimate Universe” where the same characters face different, more “risky” situations in a completely separate, parallel universe.  This experimentation has led to some great, progressive storylines that have moved the medium forward, but it also highlights some big problems. […]

Mar 01 2013

Fox News’ Civil Rights ‘Expert’

Network's Michael Meyers defends racism

Fox News' Michael Meyers

During the Barack Obama presidency, questions of race and racism have become highly visible and hotly debated on corporate media. While the president himself has had little to say on these issues, Fox News has its own stable of guests and panelists ready to raise the topic—some of them wearing a “liberal” label, though Extra! readers (3/12) know to take such descriptions with a grain of salt. Among Fox’s race analysts, perhaps none is as effective and credentialed as Michael Meyers, the network’s resident black “liberal” civil rights commentator, a New York Post columnist and head of the New York […]

Feb 01 2013

Whitewashing in the Name of ‘Inclusion’

Chicago public radio cancels Smiley & West

Tavis Smiley--Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

In the view of the head of Chicago public radio, Smiley & West—a show with two African-American hosts focusing largely on the powerless—was an obstacle to inclusivity because its opposition to poverty and inequality alienates those with other views.

Jan 01 2013

The Unexplored Questions of Affirmative Action

Coverage of admissions case a catalog of broadsides

Source: Cnn.com

Against the electric backdrop of electoral polemics, the October 10 Supreme Court session on the constitutionality of race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas sent few sparks flying. Zeroed in on the election, the press dutifully reported the tit-for-tat and quips and quibbles around the case (Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin), but left untouched the deeper implications of potentially overturning affirmative action. Reviewing the coverage felt like staring at an iconic three-dimensional chess match from Star Trek—only with all lower levels of the board disappeared from sight. An overview of the main pieces: Abigail Fisher, a white student […]