Sep
24
2010

Reza Aslan on Turkey, Todd Tucker on free trade agreements

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Turkey voted on a package of constitutional reforms this month. The message you heard in much of the media coverage is that the victory for the ruling Islamic party, Justice and Development, is more evidence that Turkey is drifting in the wrong direction, shunning the West and playing to its Islamic majority. But does this analysis make sense? We'll talk to author and professor Reza Aslan. Also on the show: More so-called free trade agreements are on the White House agenda; Obama says they're the way to increase exports, which is the way to […]

Jul
09
2010

Alexander Zaitchik on Glenn Beck, Jon Jeter on globalization

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Two issues modern media critics can't help but engage are the growth of right-wing media, and their forcible injection of sometimes bizarre ideas and methods into so-called mainstream debate; and the impact of corporate media's narrow economic vision, which also affects public debate and political possibilities, on some of the most critical decisions affecting the country. On today's show we’re going to talk about some of those things with two authors. If you watch Glenn Beck for even a few minutes you're left wondering whether it's all a con job—from the weepy patriotism to […]

Nov
27
2009

Maryann Napoli on mammography guidelines, Rebecca Solnit on 'The Battle for Seattle'

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: There's a lot of controversy around new mammogram guidelines—but it's not coming from the research community. We'll talk to Maryann Napoli of the Center for Medical Consumers about that evolving story. Also on the show: Ten years ago a seemingly obscure meeting of a relatively unknown international trade body made headlines around the world. The so-called Battle of Seattle galvanized anti-globalization protesters who shut down the World Trade Organization meetings and pushed criticism of the WTO's unchecked power into the corporate media. So, a decade on, how do those corporate media remember—or misremember—Seattle? And […]

Apr
03
2009

Mark Weisbrot on the G20, Gareth Porter on the Afghanistan surge

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Barack Obama’s military surge in Afghanistan has caught very little flack in the media, even though experts on the region say it doesn’t make sense and distorts realities on the ground in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. We'll talk to journalist Gareth Porter about coverage of the Afghanistan surge, an Obama policy he calls "a stunningly irrational blunder.” Also on CounterSpin today, the G-20 summit in London has attracted a lot of media attention; that this is Barack Obama's first major sit-down with other world leaders is probably one factor. But looming over the event […]

Feb
13
2009

Lori Wallach on Buy America brouhaha, Dan Beeton on Venezuela

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The debate over the White House-backed economic stimulus package has featured all kinds of media misdeeds—an overreliance on Republican rejectionists and an absence of actual economists talking about the plan, just for starters. Pundits and editorial writers have warned us about another problem: the prospect of a global trade war, thanks to the Democrats' protectionism. Is all the media anger totally misplaced? We'll talk to Lori Wallach of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division. Also on the show: Venezuelans have a referendum this weekend but the U.S. corporate press corps voted long ago: Chávez […]

Sep
01
2008

Media Push an Unpopular Trade 'Centrism'

Contradictory counsel for Obama

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As America heads toward a critical presidential election, “free trade” advocate Robert Reich, who as Bill Clinton’s labor secretary in 1993 fought hard for passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), glumly admitted that the constituency for “free trade” has severely eroded. “I’m still a free trader, although I will tell you . . . there are fewer and fewer of us,” he told MSNBC host Chris Matthews wanly (Hardball, 10/8/07). “It’s a very unpopular position.” Unpopular with the public, but certainly not the media. Leading pundits and editorial writers for corporate media have persisted in counseling Democratic […]

Aug
01
2008

Juan Cole on Iraq/Afghanistan, Todd Tucker on WTO talks

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The media debate on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars seems to rest on the assumption that the troop surge in Iraq has "worked," and more troops in Afghanistan would help turn that conflict in the favor of U.S. and NATO forces. That's the consensus view, but does it make any sense? We'll ask University of Michigan professor Juan Cole. Also on Counterspin today, the Wall Street Journal wonders whether the recent collapse of World Trade Organization talks means the end of the "free trade era that has done so much to spread prosperity". Yet […]

Jul
15
2008

Obama Moves Right? Pundits Cheer

Recent campaign coverage has scrutinized the ideological positioning of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, with corporate media reporting that he has shifted toward the center on numerous issues in order to improve his chances in the November election. While some of the "flip-flops" are debatable--with media sometimes treating longtime Obama positions as new stances--what is undeniable is that for years corporate media have advised Democratic candidates to make just this sort of ideological shift (Extra!, 9/92, 1-2/95; Extra! Update, 10/00; Extra!, 7-8/06). The shifts cited by media included clear examples of Obama switching to a more rightward position, such as […]