Nov
17
2006

Glen Ford on Barack Obama, Chris Slevin on trade & the elections

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Barack Obama wasn't running for anything this election season, but you may have thought that he was, judging from the media coverage he generated. Obama's appeal extends across the political and pundit spectrum; indeed, finding anything approaching critical coverage of the freshman Senator is next to impossible. So what's going on here? Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report joins us to talk about it. Also on CounterSpin: We know that media can turn any factoid into a phenomenon when they choose: after the last election we were subjected to months of discourse on […]

Jul
14
2006

Mark Weisbrot on Mexican election, James Zogby on Gaza crisis

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The still-unresolved presidential election in Mexico is a lot of things to the U.S. press: a test of the appeal of trade deals like NAFTA, or a referendum on left-wing populism. It's no surprise that the consensus media favorite among is conservative candidate Felipe Calderón. But what's missing from the reporting? And when leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador calls for counting every vote, why do some in the press consider that a problem? We'll ask Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Also on CounterSpin today, a major newspaper ran […]

Jul
01
2006

The Morales Moral

Defy neoliberalism, face media wrath

To several observers in the U.S. media, Latin America’s leftward shift is the misguided product of a naïve populace that can’t understand economics and demagogic leaders who need to be scolded back into line. So when the recently elected president of Bolivia, populist Evo Morales, announced that he would be re-nationalizing the country’s natural gas reserves, the media response was swift and firm. A Newsday editorial (5/3/06) called Morales’ move “obtuse economics” and admonished, “Nationalization of major industries has proved to be a road to economic ruin in an era of globalization.” The paper noted the Bolivian people’s “steady drop […]

May
01
2006

Globalization vs. Growth

NYT op-ed omits stats that debunk pro-corporate claims

New York Times chart

The April 10 New York Times devoted half its op-ed space to an elaborate attempt to demonstrate the benefits of globalization, with charts showing that “more globalized” nations do better than “less globalized” on measures ranging from average inflation to the rule of law. But one obvious measure of economic health, the economic growth rate, was conspicuously absent—perhaps because those statistics would have directly contradicted the op-ed’s point. “Globalizing Good Government,” written by Richard W. Fisher and W. Michael Cox of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, chided opponents of a (subsequently scuttled) French law making it easier to fire […]

Apr
11
2006

Globalization vs. Growth

NYT op-ed omits stats that debunk pro-corporate claims

The April 10 New York Times devoted half its op-ed space to an elaborate attempt to demonstrate the benefits of globalization, with charts showing that "more globalized" nations do better than "less globalized" on measures ranging from average inflation to the rule of law. But one obvious measure of economic health, the economic growth rate, is conspicuously absent—perhaps because those statistics would have directly contradicted the op-ed's point. "Globalizing Good Government," written by Richard W. Fisher and W. Michael Cox of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, chided opponents of a French law that would have made it easier to […]

Sep
23
2005

Still Covering for Wal-Mart

ABC report has no space for critics

In an August 10 action alert, FAIR wondered if ABC's reporting on corporate giant Wal-Mart was improperly influenced by Wal-Mart's status as a major advertiser on the network's news programming. While ABC failed to answer FAIR's charges, a September 20 World News Tonight report on Wal-Mart's business practices in China once again suggests favoritism toward the network's sponsor. Anchor Charlie Gibson began by mentioning the "kind of gold rush" happening in China, where companies "from the U.S. and beyond position themselves to grab a piece of the fastest-growing market in the world." Gibson then turned to ABC colleague Bill Weir […]

Aug
05
2005

Jonathan Tasini on AFL-CIO and Greg Mitchell on Hiroshima

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The break up of the 13 million member AFL-CIO has been the biggest labor story in recent weeks, but have corporate media been doing justice to the story? We'll talk to labor and economics writer Jonathan Tasini about that, as well as about coverage of CAFTA and what the New York Times has against his response in particular to the passing of that agreement. Also this week: Uncovering the truth about the horrors of war. A new documentary reveals suppressed images of civilian suffering--not from Iraq, but from Japan 60 years ago. Greg Mitchell […]

Jun
24
2005

Chris Slevin on CAFTA, Amitabh Pal on Tom Friedman

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The debate over the Central American Free Trade Agreement is heating up, and while there is greater split in political and corporate elites than there was in the 1990's NAFTA debate, media cheerleading for the so-called free trade legislation is still a given. We'll talk to Chris Slevin, the deputy director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch about CAFTA. Also on the program: New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman's new book is a bestseller, despite a writing style somehow simultaneously tortured and goofy. But does the argument of The World Is Flat: A Brief […]