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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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Jamilah King on the digital divide, John Knefel on OWS arrests

12/16/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: Few deny anymore that internet access is becoming critical to taking part in political and economic life. So, what does it matter that research shows that higher proportions of African Americans and Latinos than white people are achieving that access through relatively more affordable smartphones rather than home computers? Our guest says unless things are changed, it's going to matter very much indeed. Jamilah King from Colorlines.com will join us to talk about...

Michael Dorsey on COP-17, Karl Grossman on Fukushima

12/9/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: The annual United Nations meeting on climate change is underway. That might be news to you if you rely on television for your information. These international conferences tend to produce stories that dwell on the lack of progress, or the unwillingness of countries like China to do more. Dartmouth environmental studies professor Michael Dorsey is on the scene in Durban, South Africa and he'll join us to talk about what's happeningand what's at stake. Also on...

Julie Berebitsky on sexual harassment, Jim Horn on education

11/18/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: Sexual harassment has been in the news recently because of allegations that GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain sexually harassed women in the 1990s. But what does the way media discuss sexual harassment tell us about how we view women, especially working women? We'll talk to Julie Berebitsky, professor of history and womens' studies at Sewanee: The University of the South. Also on CounterSpin today, the corporate media message on schools and so-called education...

Cyrus Safdari on Iran/IAEA, Frances Fox Piven on poverty

11/11/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: The International Atomic Energy Agency published its latest report on Iran on November 8th, but for nearly two weeks beforehand news media were rife with leak-based stories promising the report would be "game changing." What did it actually say, and what of that is to be believed? We'll talk to Cyrus Safdari who is tracking the story at IranAffairs.com. Also on the show this week: As the Occupy movement continues to focus attention on economic inequality, a spate...

Costas Panayotakis on Greece, Nusrat Choudhury on FBI mapping

11/4/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: This is how ABC anchor Diane Sawyer explained the Greek crisis: "The Dow down nearly 300 points, so, what changed? Well, blame it on the country of Greece, long criticized for being undisciplined and now threatening American retirements." With the EU bailout of Greek in danger and the government calling for a referendum, corporate media in this country are back to bashing pampered Greek workers and demanding austerity as the cure for the country's fiscal woes. NY...

John Feffer on Africa 'counter-terrorism,' Heidi Garrett-Peltier on job cre

10/28/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: When Barack Obama ordered armed military advisors to central Africa to help regional officials fight the brutal Lord's Resistance Army and its leader Joseph Kony, few journalists asked why or why now. The fact that the LRA is bad seemed to be enough. But is the move against the LRA part of something bigger happening in US foreign policy with regard to Africa? Well talk to the Institute for Policy Studies' John Feffer about searching for terrorists in Africa. Also...

Neil deMause on poverty, Phyllis Bennis on Palestinian statehood

9/23/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: Census Bureau data showing one in six Americans live in poverty was received soberly by the press corps, but should it have surprised them? And what about next week, when the government doesn't release a report and people are still poor? We'll talk with journalist Neil deMause about medias treatment of poverty and the poor. Also on the show: Mainstream reporting on the Palestinian bid for UN recognition regularly employs loaded language in portraying the...

Brandi Grissom on Texas death penalty, Tom Engelhardt on campaign coverage

9/16/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: For a lot of people, the Republican debate on September 9 had one memorable moment: when Texas governor Rick Perry was asked about his state's death penalty record, the audience cheered wildly. Moderator Brian Williams wanted to know if Perry lost sleep worrying whether he'd ever executed an innocent man. Perry said no, and that's where it was left. But what's the record in Texas? We'll ask Texas Tribune reporter Brandi Grissom. Also on CounterSpin today, at this...

Katie Galloway on 'Better This World,' Yousef Munayyer on Palmer Report

9/9/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: Two men were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention and charged with a firebombing plot. For the FBI and headline writers, violent domestic terrorists had been thwarted before the act. The new film Better This World takes another look at the story and finds much more to say about the definition of terrorism and the U.S. legal system. We'll speak with filmmaker Katie Galloway. Also on CounterSpin today, a UN report about last year's Israeli raid on a...

Lorne Stockman on Keystone pipeline, Faiz Shakir on Fear Inc.

9/2/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: Why have more than 700 people been arrested at the White House in recent days? Don't ask nightly news-- they've so far yet to find anything newsworthy in the largest environmental action in years: a massive protest against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. We'll get the story TV's missing from Lorne Stockman, Research Director at the group Oil Change International. Also on CounterSpin today, the Center for American Progress has published a new report on...

Faiza Patel on NYPD surveillance, Rena Steinzor on regulatory reforms

8/26/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: An Associated Press report about how the New York City Police Department is working with the CIA to carry out domestic spying operations on minorities in cities across the U.S., is making some waves, and raising questions about ethnic and racial profiling. NYPD has tried to deny aspects of the August 25th story, and on August 26th, a news conference by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was cut short when a reporter asked about it. We'll be joined by Faiza Patel,...

Jim Hightower on Rick Perry, Glen Ford on Somalia

8/19/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: 'Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be elected president of the United States, please pay attention.' That was late columnist Molly Ivins' advice near the end of the George W. Bush era. But lo and behold another Republican governor of Texas is running for president, and from the tone of the coverage so far Rick Perry is some kind of job-creating machine. What else should we know about Rick Perry? Texas columnist and commentator Jim Hightower will...

Bill Hartung on military cuts, Rania Khalek on taping the police

8/5/2011
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This week on CounterSpin. The debt ceiling has been lifted; that fixed everything, right? Well, the Democratic base is unhappy with the White House capitulation, the ratings agencies still aren't sure the United States has its fiscal house in order, and there's nothing here to address the jobs crisis. Of the budget cuts we've been hearing about, reports say that one early slice comes from the military budget--with a second round of potentially larger cuts possible in a few months. But is...

Devin Burghart on Norway terror, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd on Strauss-Kahn

7/29/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: The US media narrative equating terrorism with Islam was on embarrassing display last week following the Norwegian terror attacks, a story which raised issues about right-wing extremism, and the links between violent speech and violent actions. We'll speak with Devin Burghart, the vice president of the Institute for Research Education on Human Rights, who has written about white nationalism in Norway and the US. Also on CounterSpin today, some things about the...

Mary Bottari on ALEC Exposed, Marjorie Cohn on prison hunger strike

7/22/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: You've probably never heard of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. So why do they have so much sway over the laws affecting your life? We may get some sunlight on the actions of this influential "public/private membership organization" with the release of a cache of previously secret documents on their work. We'll hear from Mary Bottari of the Center for Media and Democracy about the ALEC Exposed project, and what it all means. Also on the show: A...

James Galbraith on debt ceiling, John Nichols on Murdoch scandals

7/15/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: The United States is hurtling toward fiscal catastrophe as the dramatic standoff persists between Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans on a deal to raise the debt ceiling... that's the story anyway. How much of this is political theatre and what's the fallout for non-politicians likely to be? We'll hear from economist James Galbraith about questions the elite media aren't asking about this debt ceiling debate. Also on the show: Bribing police, helping murder...

Noam Chomsky on Arab Spring, Monica Novoa on Drop the I Word

7/8/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: Where things stand with the Arab Spring and drive for democracy in the region. U.S. interests have always been prioritized over human rights and democratic values; the people-powered uprisings have threatened the status quo and scrambled some of the usual media narratives. But how much? We'll hear from MIT professor about longtime activist and critic Noam Chomsky about what has changedand what hasn'tover the past few months. Chomsky's speech was part of FAIR's 25th...

Patrick Cockburn on Libya, Jordan Flaherty on New Orleans trial

7/1/2011
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This week on CounterSpin: Congressional debate over the Libya War shows an apparently bipartisan sense of frustration and outrage over the NATO mission. This has triggered a serious debate over the legality of the war, among other things. But there is almost no discussion of whether the pretext for the war has actually held up. Patrick Cockburn of the Independent has been investigating the stories of mass rapes and mercenary fighters that paved the way to war, and he'll tell us what he's...

Susan Saladoff on Hot Coffee, Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky on Battle fo

6/24/2011
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This week on CounterSpin we're talking about two new films which, while journalism is not their central subject, directly engage news media's influence and real world impact as a critical part of the stories they tell. First up: You've heard the one about the old woman who sued McDonalds for MILLIONS just because her coffee was hot! A new documentary tells the real story about that infamous case starting with how almost everything you know about it is wrong. The film Hot Coffee explores the...

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