Jun 11 2015

‘Say Anything’ Time to Pass Fast Track

George Washington in snow, Union Square, NYC (cc photo: Jim Naureckas)

TPP supporters claim that over 10 years, the trade pact could increase US GDP by as much as half as much as it was decreased by last winter’s snowy weather. That’s probably overly optimistic.

Apr 27 2015

NYT Lets Economic Pundit Disappear TPP’s Economist Critics

Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz (cc photos: Prolineserver, Raimond Spekking)

You would never know, reading Greg Mankiw’s piece, that many economists in fact oppose TPP and fast track. Or that economists can and do reject the characterization of TPP and the like as “free trade” bills.

Jan 01 2015

‘Obama Is Trying to Get Congress to Give Him a Blank Check’

Lori Wallach on Trans-Pacific Partnership

TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership

CounterSpin’s Janine Jackson speaks with Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, about whether bipartisan support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is a good thing—or even exists at all.

Nov 14 2014

Lori Wallach on TPP, Ari Berman on Voting Rights


This week on CounterSpin: Bipartisanship and free trade are two of corporate media’s favorite things, so when the Washington Post editorial expressed the post midterm media consensus–“Now that Republicans have gained control of Congress, no policy area is riper for bipartisan action than trade”–you can believe they were happy to do it. But should we be happy? And is it even true? We’ll hear from Lori Wallach of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Also this week: Republicans have been hard at work for the past few years restricting the right to vote. Did their work pay off in the midterms? We’ll speak to reporter Ari Berman of The Nation, who recently wrote that “it’s become easier to buy an election and harder to vote in one.”

Mar 14 2014

No More Media Silence on TPP

Networks Skip Controversial Trade Deal


The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has drawn heavy criticism. Over 500 labor, environmental and farm groups oppose granting the White House “fast track” authority to speed the pact through Congress. The deal, still being negotiated in secret, has spawned protests around the world.

But there’s one thing that TPP hasn’t generated: news. Let’s try to change that.

Mar 01 2014

TPP—‘The Largest Corporate Power Grab You’ve Never Heard Of’

Virtual media blackout of ‘NAFTA on steroids’

Corporate Mickey Mouse sells the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would seem to be a major story with significant real-world impact. But despite its apparent newsworthiness, there were no stories about TPP on the three major network news shows.

Jun 15 2012

Diane Ravitch on education & the election; Lori Wallach on leaked trade memo


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: With candidates from both parties supporting corporate-minded education reform to varying degrees, and with media often skittish about stepping outside the box of the candidates’ views, this election season doesn’t look good for advocates of strong public education. We’ll buck the trend with an interview with Diane Ravitch, professor and historian of education at New York University, and the author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Also on the show: U.S. negotiators have been extra secretive about a trade deal they’ve been […]

Feb 03 2012

Vijay Prashad on Iran, Jeff Ballinger on Apple


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: U.S. media are abuzz with stories about the growing threat Iran poses to the U.S. The stories seem to embellish recent remarks by the U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who says Iran is a larger threat than al Qaeda and is prepared to carry out attacks in the Western Hemisphere, including in the US. We’ll be joined by Vijay Prashad, Director of International Studies at Trinity College to talk about Iran. Also on the show: The New York Times series on working conditions at Apple suppliers in China–conditions that have reportedly driven […]