Mar 21 2014

Sarah Jaffe on NY Charter Schools, Carla Murphy on FCC Diversity Study


Coverage of the “tug of war” between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo over charter schools tells us more about political alliances than it does about education. And what’s the real story behind the right’s claim that the White House was planning to send government monitors into newsrooms?

Mar 7 2014

Robert Parry on Ukraine, Luke Charles Harris on My Brother’s Keeper


Journalists and pundits say Vladimir Putin is off his rocker, and the proof is his invasion of Crimea, and his crazy suggestion that the US has, on several occasions, acted lawlessly. We’ll talk with Robert Parry of Consortium News, about the US, Russia and the power struggle over Ukraine.

Also on the show: Barack Obama announces a new initiative with the goal of improving opportunities for black and Latino boys and men, with a big emphasis on the role of fathers. For many media, the only question seems to be ‘why’d he wait so long?’ But there are deeper questions to consider about the effort called My Brother’s Keeper. We’ll hear from Luke Charles Harris of Vassar College about that.

Jan 1 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 1 2013

SoundBites June 2013

Extra! June 2013


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

May 1 2013

Whose Police State?

National media focus on 2nd Amendment over 4th Amendment


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

May 1 2013

Comic Book Superheroes Face Their Greatest Challenge!

Stuggling to stay relevant in the 21st century


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 1 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 […]