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.
Joe Torres on News for All the People, Amy Alexander on Uncovering Race
This week on CounterSpin, a special look at race and people of color in U.S. journalism. Told quickly it's a story about under representation and exclusion, of bias... and of breakthroughs. And all along, recognition that the stories news media tell us about the world and one another are a tremendous shaping force on the state of racial and ethnic understanding and the advance of social justice. We'll hear from Joseph Torres of the group Free Press, co-author with Juan Gonzalez of a new...
Jamilah King on the digital divide, John Knefel on OWS arrests
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
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...
Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Egypt, Hannah Gurman on Fallujah
This week on CounterSpin: Egypt just finished its first round of elections since the uprising earlier this year by democratic activists. So why aren't the activists overjoyed? We'll talk about the state of democracy in Egypt and the way US corporate media are covering it, with independent journalist and Democracy Now! Cairo correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Also on the program: US elite media provided cover for the military during the 2004 invasion of Fallujah, dismissing and...
Charles Kurzman on 'Missing Martyrs,' Amy Goodman on arresting journalists
This week on CounterSpin: The coverage of the recent arrest of a would-be Muslim terrorist ready to carry out attacks here at home had a we've-been-here-before feel. Whatever questions might surround this particular case, most media consumers are by now accustomed to the general presumption that Muslim terrorism is a serious, prevalent danger. University of North Carolina Islam scholar Charles Kurzman argues exactly the opposite in his recent book, The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few...
Julie Berebitsky on sexual harassment, Jim Horn on education
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
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
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
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...
Todd Tucker on trade deals, Karuna Jaggar on Think Before You Pink
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...
Arun Gupta on Occupy Wall Street, Jasmin Ramsey on Iran plot
This week on CounterSpin: Did the corporate media turn on the Occupy Wall Street protests? When the protests started, the media story was a familiar onethe press ignored them, then derided activists for being leaderless, bongo pounding know-nothings. But then something happened, and suddenly anti-Wall Street activism is leading the nightly newscasts and splashed on the front page. Independent journalist and co-founder of the Occupied Wall Street Journal Arun Gupta will join us to talk...
Harvey Wasserman on Solyndra, Diane Ravitch and Brian Jones on MisEducation
This week on CounterSpin: The Solyndra scandal is the kind of story tailor made for Fox News: A green jobs creating solar power company receiving millions of dollars of taxpayer funds celebrated by the Obama White House... goes belly up. Much of the coverage all but shouts 'Scandal!'. It's not that there's nothing here, but the story we're hearing about Solyndra might not be the one we should be hearing. Journalist and activist Harvey Wasserman will join us to talk about that. Also on...
Allison Kilkenny on Occupy Wall Street, Moshe Adler on U.S. Postal Service
This week on CounterSpin: Yes, the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations aren't being covered much in the corporate media. But then when papers like the New York Times come down to take a look, one might wish they hadn't. We'll talk to Allison Kilkenny of Citizen Radio about the quality and quantity of media coverage of Occupy Wall Street. Also on the show: "We all know why the Postal Service is hemorrhaging cash," says the Chicago Tribune. Corporate media are clear on the causes of the Post...
Neil deMause on poverty, Phyllis Bennis on Palestinian statehood
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
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
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.
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
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, the...
Jim Hightower on Rick Perry, Glen Ford on Somalia
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...