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The show provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage. The program exposes and highlights biased and inaccurate news; censored stories; sexism, racism and homophobia in the news; the power of corporate influence; gaffes and goofs by leading TV pundits; TV news' narrow political spectrum; attacks on free speech; and more.

The show provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage. The program exposes and highlights biased and inaccurate news; censored stories; sexism, racism and homophobia in the news; the power of corporate influence; gaffes and goofs by leading TV pundits; TV news' narrow political spectrum; attacks on free speech; and more.
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The show provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage. The program exposes and highlights biased and inaccurate news; censored stories; sexism, racism and homophobia in the news; the power of corporate influence; gaffes and goofs by leading TV pundits; TV news' narrow political spectrum; attacks on free speech; and more.

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Episodes

Mark Weisbrot on Haiti elections, Vijay Prashad on Egypt and the U.S.

2/11/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: Why did Hillary Clinton jump on a plane to Haiti on January 30th in the middle of a major diplomatic crisis caused by the Egyptian uprising? She was going to Haiti because Washington is worried that U.S. efforts to deliver a Haitian president to its liking are threatened by democracy. It has not been easy to follow this story in the corporate media, but Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research will bring up to date on Haiti. Also on the show:...

Adil Shamoo on Egypt, Fawaz Gerges on Muslim Brotherhood

2/4/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: The massive uprising in Egypt has been covered as a story of violent clashes and an awakening on the so-called 'Arab Street.' As we record this program, some pro-Mubarak forces are attacking journalists. Plenty of U.S. coverage focuses on the U.S. foreign policy positionwith plenty of euphemisms about a 'tightrope' and 'delicate balance' for a U.S. government that has propped up the Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak for three decades. We'll talk about that with Adil...

Laila El-Haddad on Palestine Papers, Robert Weissman on Obama and Big Busin

1/28/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: Al Jazeera and the Guardian newspaper are publishing what are being called the Palestine Papers, leaked documents relating to the Israel-Palestine negotiations. The revelations, mostly of significant Palestinian concessions, are mostly being ignored in the U.S. media, dismissed as things we already knew. But are they? And what are Palestinians thinking of all this? We'll speak with journalist and author Laila El-Haddad. Also on CounterSpin today, pundits scoured...

Helena Cobban on Tunisia, Wayne Au on teacher testing

1/21/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: Tunisia is hardly ever in the US news, but when demonstrations by a largely secular movement led to the ouster of the country's long-ruling, American-backed dictator, US elite media took notice. We'll talk with Helena Cobban of JustWorldNews about what is happening in Tunisia. Also on the show: There's been some pushback to so-called educational reform efforts with their emphasis on standardized tests as the preeminent measure of educational value, for students...

Chip Berlet on Tucson shootings, Ladd Everitt on gun control

1/14/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: What do we know about alleged Tucson killer Jared Lee Loughner's world view, which has been described as rambling, incoherent and non political in various news media reports? And what of the right-wing backlash attacking anyone who even suggests that vitriolic right-wing rhetoric has gotten out of hand? We'll talk with right watcher Chip Berlet of the Political Research Associates. Also on CounterSpin today: The national debate in the aftermath of the Tucscon...

Bob Parry on GOP info war, Nancy Lockhart on Scott sisters

1/7/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: the Tea Party takes power in Washington. The new Republican majority in the House of Representatives brought a certain type of political theatergiant gavels, the reading of the Constitution, and John Boehner's tears. But there is another kind of theater to come, as Republicans vow to launch a variety of investigations of the Obama White House. Robert Parry of Consortium News will join us to talk about how these efforts are likely to play in the press. Also on...

Best of CounterSpin 2010

12/31/2010
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Welcome to the Best Of CounterSpin for 2010. We think all of our shows are important, and shed some light on how media work and the stories they tell. But, at the end of the year, some stories stand out -- for the omissions or confusions of corporate media coverage, or for the impact of that coverage, and often, for how the failures of elite media illustrate the important growing role of independent journalists, who every day seem to become less alternatives to the big guys and more like...

Trudy Lieberman on health care law, Lee Stranahan on Pigford settlement

12/24/2010
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This week on CounterSpin: Following a federal court ruling in Virginia finding the individual mandate provision of the 2010 healthcare act unconstitutional, there was some solid coverage of the Constitutional issues involved in a policy that will, if ultimately upheld, require every American to purchase private insurance. But what about coverage before the bill was passed? We'll talk with the Colombia Journalism Review's Trudy Lieberman about media coverage of the mandate, before and after...

Michael Dorsey on Cancun climate talks, Bob McIntyre on tax plan

12/17/2010
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This week on CounterSpin: On the Fox News the story of the recently concluded UN climate summit was that it was really cold in Cancun, where the summit was held, so what was the point? Even actual journalists didn't seem to find much to say though; one account said the results didn't look like helping much with global warming, but they were a vote of confidence in 'the process' of addressing global warming. We'll get another take on things from Michael Dorsey, professor of global...

Glenn Greenwald on WikiLeaks

12/10/2010
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This week on CounterSpin: The journalism organization WikiLeaks is under massive attack by U.S. government officials, corporations, and journalists. Many are calling for the group and its spokesperson Julian Assange to be prosecuted; some have even called for Assange's execution or assassination. Transnational companies like Visa, MasterCard and Paypal have cut off services, and even liberal US pundits are attacking the group with inaccurate smears. WikiLeaks crime? Making leaked U.S....

Robert Naiman on WikiLeaks-Honduras, Richard Prince on the Scott sisters

12/3/2010
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This week on CounterSpin: WikiLeaks strikes again, this time with the release of 250,000 diplomatic cables that shed considerable light on how U.S. foreign policy is conducted. The headlines so far are about Iran's weapons and the perilous situation in Pakistan. But one story hasn't received enough media attention: how the U.S. embassy really saw the 2009 coup in Honduras. How did this cable conflict with official U.S. pronouncements and corporate media spin? We'll talk to Robert Naiman of...

Robert Kuttner on the deficit obsession; David Swanson on 'War is a Lie.'

11/26/2010
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This week on CounterSpin: Elites including within the corporate media insist, against the evidence, that voters are highly concerned about the deficit. This is one of the reasons the draconian plan put forth by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairs of the president's deficit commission, got such a friendly reception in the media. We'll talk to economist Robert Kuttner about coverage of the Bowles Simpson plan and about a media that obsesses over future deficits in the midst of...

Wenonah Hauter on GE salmon, Rose Aguilar on Native Americans

11/19/2010
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This week on CounterSpin: The FDA is on the verge of approving genetically engineered salmon in spite of opposition by the public, scientists and consumer groups. On November 15th the group Food Water Watch released internal documents from Fish Wildlife Service scientists expressing misgivings about the safety of the altered salmon and the legality of the FDA's procedures. We'll talk to Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of Food Water Watch. Also on the show: A one-minute commentary by...

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

11/12/2010
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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 US military attack on Iran. And some elite journalists, who think they have found evidence of Iranian interference in Iraq, are...

Jim Naureckas on elections; Chris Kromm on 'vote fraud'

11/5/2010
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This week on CounterSpin: The midterm tidal wave. As it stands, and as you've no doubt heard by now, Republicans have retaken the House and picked up seats in the Senate. The corporate media consensus is pretty clear: Voters wanted to send a message to Barack Obama and the Democrats, and that message is something along the lines of, 'You went too far, you tried to do too much.' Which fits perfectly with the standard media line on the Democrats needing to move to the right. Does the actual...