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CounterSpin is the weekly radio program of FAIR, the national progressive media watch group.
||CleanLori Wallach, Peter Maybarduk and Karen Hansen-Kuhn on Corporate Globalization||Few ideas are as hard-wired into current corporate media as the notion that so-called "free trade" agreements of the sort we have are best for everyone. Given that the deals are not primarily about trade, and that what freedom they entail accrues to co...||7/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAlex Vitale on Overpolicing, Cristina Jiménez on Immigration Ruling||Media insist there is "nationwide soul-searching" going on on the problem of racist police brutality. Certainly there is pain and anger, but when it comes time to talk about how to change things, corporate media don't seem to have a great deal to say.||7/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPhyllis Bennis on ISIS Attacks, Jessica Mason Pieklo on Abortion Ruling||Some might say the recent attacks claimed by ISIS in Baghdad, in Istanbul and in Medina are proof that the US should invest more in the so-called "War on Terror." What will it take to turn the conversation away from the idea of bombing our way to peace...||7/8/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJoe Macare on Brexit, Rory O’Connor on the Danny Award||UK politics are up in the air in the wake of a referendum calling for Britain to leave the European Union. The so-called Brexit campaign is drawing comparisons to that of Donald Trump, due to the nativism and racism that marked it,||7/1/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNirej Sekhon on Illegal Searches, Jamila Michener on Expanding Voting Rights||The defendant in Utah v. Strief is white, but the suspicionless stops at the case's heart disproportionately affect black and brown and poor people, marginalized in media as elsewhere.||6/24/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJorge Gutierrez and Soraya Chemaly on Orlando Massacre||While corporate media talked about "radical Islam," others worked to maintain focus on the victims, with things like a short video from the group Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, featuring people talking about the killings and other violence t...||6/17/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanLee Fang on Industry’s Role in the Opioid Crisis||the overuse and abuse of powerful drugs like oxycodone is driving what the Centers for Disease Control says is an epidemic in this country, with some 16,000 overdose deaths from prescription opioids a year.||6/10/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJules Boykoff on Rio Games||A coup and a corruption scandal, an economic crisis, and an outbreak of a dangerous mosquito-borne virus have not a few people asking how Brazil can possibly host a successful and safe Olympic Games in just...one month from now?||6/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRoss Eisenbrey on Overtime Pay, Patty Lovera on Monsanto Protests||New Labor Department rules that mean more people will get overtime pay when they, well, work overtime. Why is that being portrayed as an attempt to "kill American prosperity"?||5/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSuyapa Portillo on Central American Refugees, Michael Ratner on Alberto Gonzalez||This week on CounterSpin: In August of last year, El Salvador experienced one murder per hour. With Honduras and Guatemala, it's among the most violent places in the world, which along with economic insecurity and government failures,||5/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
CounterSpin Rules! Excellent!
Always concise, always professional, always insightful. A solid 30 minutes of fight-the-power subversive thought. Presented with class. Top-shelf. Support FAIR. Thank you.
Round I: critical thought versus infotainment
Top story of the day: dog does cute trick. Left out: what happens with your tax dollars, and what officials do in your name. Counterspin is a weekly broadcast by the media watchgroup FAIR [Fairness and Accuacy In Reporting]. Each week hosts offer a critical examination of what gets reported or not in the mainstream news. The show often includes a wide range of authoritative guests and/or empirical support for a more comprehensive look at current events, the public interest, and the role of the media. Not all viewpoints are equal in weight or size simply because they’re different. Because of the enormous effort it takes to refute a constant barrage of sound bite reporting, I’m giving Counterspin a five-star rating. The mainstream media reporting standard has been declining. Vital information is often left out, leaving readers and viewers in the dark, and it affects public discourse. Media have an obligation to inform the public about current events, and they often don’t. Counterspin has earned a right to illustrate the hypocrisy of mainstream reporting, often citing the media as the original souce of their quotes. Reasonable people cannot possibly formulate an accurate view or make informed choices about the world we live in with less.
Too Smug for Me
I am a big lefty. I subscribe to FAIR and regularly participate in their "Action Alerts," but I cannot listen to CounterSpin. Every show and nearly every segment contains snarky/sarcastic commentary. It's grating. Stick to Democracy Now! and On The Media.