Feb
01
2012

The Colonial Roots of Media's Racial Narratives

‘Sculking Indians’ and ‘rebellious negroes’

News For All The People--Photo Credit: Verso Books

Colonial printers, as we would expect, reported domestic events entirely from the perspective of the European settlers who were their only readers. They did, however, devote considerable space to two groups of non-Europeans who warily coexisted in the New World with the settlers: the Native American tribes and African slaves. The lone edition of Benjamin Harris’ Publick Occurrences (commonly regarded as the first newspaper in the New World, with a publication date of September 25, 1690), contained five separate news items about the Native population in just three pages of text. In one entry, Harris wrote of two white children […]

Jan
27
2012

Michael Hastings on 'The Operators,' Laura Flanders on Gingrich and racism

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Michael Hastings

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: In the summer of 2010, Rolling Stone published an explosive story about the Afghan War. Within days, U.S./NATO commander General Stanley McChrystal was out of a job. Much of the media coverage of the story focused on the blunt language McChrystal and his closest aides were using to talk about U.S. officials. The piece also caused some media figures to express alarm that a reporter would write such a story in the first place. Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings has turned his story into a book. He'll join us to talk about The Operators: The […]

Jan
20
2012

Paul Mutter on Syria, Richard Martinez on Arizona ethnic studies

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The bloody conflict in Syria is, according to press accounts, bordering on a full-scale civil war. Much of what we're seeing in U.S.media comes from opposition sources seeking to topple the Assad dictatorship—leaving some skeptics to wonder whether we're getting an accurate assessment of what's really happening there. On top of that, powerful forces in U.S. foreign policy circles want the U.S. to do more. Journalist Paul Mutter took a look at the debate over Syria in a recent piece for Salon.com. He'll join us to talk about that. Also on the show: Tucson […]

Jan
01
2012

Islamophobia Still Rising-With the Right's Help

The mainstreaming of anti-Muslim conspiracy theories

Graffiti on the Islamic Center of America--Photo Credit: Center for American Progress

When the Center for American Progress (CAP) released the report Fear, Inc. in September (8/26/11), alleging that U.S. anti-Muslim propaganda is largely driven by a well-funded network of groups and individuals, confirmation of its claims came quickly. Just four days after publication, the Fox Business Network aired a wildly inaccurate two-part feature on Follow the Money (8/30/11) smearing the report, its authors and Muslim Americans. Rupert Murdoch-owned media outlets like FBN are among the country’s leading Islamophobic media organizations, according to Fear, Inc. The first segment featured self-styled terrorism expert Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism—named by CAP […]

Dec
23
2011

Joe Torres on News for All the People, Amy Alexander on Uncovering Race

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin, a special look at race and people of color in U.S. journalism. Told quickly it's a story about under representation and exclusion, of bias... and of breakthroughs. And all along, recognition that the stories news media tell us about the world and one another are a tremendous shaping force on the state of racial and ethnic understanding and the advance of social justice. We'll hear from Joseph Torres of the group Free Press, co-author with Juan Gonzalez of a new book called News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the […]

Nov
04
2011

Costas Panayotakis on Greece, Nusrat Choudhury on FBI mapping

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: This is how ABC anchor Diane Sawyer explained the Greek crisis: "The Dow down nearly 300 points, so, what changed? Well, blame it on the country of Greece, long criticized for being undisciplined and now threatening American retirements." With the EU bailout of Greek in danger and the government calling for a referendum, corporate media in this country are back to bashing pampered Greek workers and demanding austerity as the cure for the country's fiscal woes. NY City College of Technology professor Costas Panayotakis will join us to talk about that. Also on CounterSpin […]

Sep
01
2011

In Norway, Footnotes to Mass Murder

Terror Suspect cited Islamophobic blog as inspiration

Anders Breivik--Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/ghostofgoldwater

After self-described "conservative Christian" Anders Behring Breivik was charged with killing 76 in a July 22 bombing and shooting spree in Norway, writers who shared the accused's virulently Islamophobic ideology heatedly denied that anything in their body of work could possibly lead anyone to violence. But Breivik seems to be one of the most articulate ideologues in the history of mass murder, writing a 1,500-page manifesto with hyperlinked footnotes that point precisely to those writings that allegedly inspired him to violence. Breivik's "total lack of respect for human life is not...something he can have picked up from me, or from […]

Jun
03
2011

Jane Slaughter on NLRB-Boeing, Pamela Newkirk on black journalists

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: the National Labor Relations Board has told Boeing that they can't move operations from Washington to South Carolina in order to avoid union organizing. It may seem straightforward that a company can't retaliate against workers for exercising their legal rights but the ruling has anti-labor conservatives in uproar and so-called mainstream reporters aren't doing much to set the record straight. We'll hear from Jane Slaughter of Labor Notes about what the NLRB ruling means. Also on CounterSpin today: If you follow discussions about media diversity, you probably know that the efforts to make newsrooms […]