Feb 01 2012

The Trade Debate That Wasn’t Reported

Critics of deals outnumbered more than 4-to-1 in NYT, WSJ

Photo Credit: Public Citizen

Critics of deals outnumbered more than 4-to-1 in NYT, WSJIn the 16 months leading up to the congressional vote on a set of trade deals with Korea, Colombia and Panama in mid-October, news reporting on the agreements scarcely mentioned that critics existed; when they were acknowledged, their objections were frequently mischaracterized. With media doing little to evaluate misleading claims made by the trade pacts’ proponents, all three were approved by Congress by considerable margins. There were two major points that opponents of the trio of deals—including labor, environmental, consumer and even Tea Party groups—consistently emphasized in reports, press releases, letters […]

Oct 21 2011

Todd Tucker on trade deals, Karuna Jaggar on Think Before You Pink


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The congressional passage of so-called ‘free trade’ agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama was met with applause by many in the corporate media. The cheering was not only for the corporate friendly provisions of the bills, but for what journalists insist was the bipartisan support for the legislation. Todd Tucker of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch will join us with a different view of the trade pacts. Also on the show: From pink dog toys to pink…handguns? There’s no escaping Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sure, some of it’s crass, but it raises a […]

Oct 01 2011

Trade, Jobs and Sales Jobs

Failing to do the math on export promises

Failing to do the math on export promisesCorporate media have spent the last few years portraying the federal budget deficit, not jobs, as the public’s consuming worry, despite poll after poll revealing people unsurprisingly more interested in getting or holding onto a paycheck (FAIR Media Advisory, 8/1/11). Only now that official Washington turns its sights to the issue have media “discovered” the unemployment crisis—George Stephanopoulos now refers matter-of-factly to “the country’s top issue, jobs” (Good Morning America, 8/16/11)—but the same skewed priorities are on display. Bad enough the glib nature of their attentions, reflected in New York Times columnist Nicholas […]

May 01 2011

ABC’s ‘Made in America’ a Shoddy Product

Holding consumers, not corporations, responsible for missing jobs

Photo Credit: ABC World News

Holding consumers, not corporations, responsible for missing jobsABC World News’ five-part “Made in America” series (2/28-3/4/11) purported not so much to explore as to answer the question of how to create jobs for unemployed Americans, by exhorting those same Americans to buy more U.S.-manufactured products. Not just any jobs, but “America’s manufacturing workforce, our true grit,” contended anchor Diane Sawyer (2/17/11). And at near negligible cost: “If every one of us spent an extra $3.33, just $3.33 on U.S.-made goods every year,” Sawyer (estimated annual income: $12 to $15 million) told viewers, “that would create almost 10,000 new jobs in […]

Nov 12 2010

William Greider on G-20 & trade, Ali Gharib on Iran & Wikileaks

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Coverage of the G-20 summit in Seoul is squarely focused on trade deals and U.S. relations with China. But is the whole discussion of globalization, China and trade missing the point? William Greider makes that case in a new piece in the Nation magazine. He’ll join us to talk about it. Also on CounterSpin today: There’s growing talk of a U.S. military attack on Iran. And some elite journalists, who think they have found evidence of Iranian interference in Iraq, are doing their part to beat war drums. If the script sounds familiar, that’s […]

Sep 24 2010

Reza Aslan on Turkey, Todd Tucker on free trade agreements


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


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’


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 […]