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This week on CounterSpin: The new film Kill the Messenger tells the story of investigative journalist Gary Webb, Kill_The_Messenger_43208whose 1996 “Dark Alliance” series exposed links the connection between drug trafficking by the CIA-backed Contras in Nicaragua and the rise of the crack epidemic in the United States. Prestige outlets like the New York Times devoted serious resources to going after Webb in an attempt to discredit his reporting. We’ll go back to the CounterSpin archives to hear from Webb himself.

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PRO-PollittAlso on the show: You might think you hear enough about abortion in the press. A new book says: We need to talk about abortion differently. PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights is the latest from author, poet and Nation columnist Katha Pollitt. We’ll talk with her about reframing that conversation.

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LINKS:
-“The Resurrection of Reporter Gary Webb: Will Hollywood Give Him Last Word Against the CIA’s Media Apologists?” by Jeff Cohen (Common Dreams, 10/6/14)

PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights , by Katha Pollitt