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CounterSpin is the weekly radio program of FAIR, the national progressive media watch group.
||CleanBrendan DeMelle on Exxon’s Climate Cover-Up||Exxon knew decades ago that the increase in CO2 from burning fossil fuels posed a global threat. And it acted on that information--with a conscious and vigorous effort to sow uncertainty about climate science and to forestall regulation on its industry.||4/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSheila Carapico on Saudi Arabia Visit, Maria Luisa Mendonça on Brazil Impeachment||The friendship between the US and Saudi Arabia faces friction, media said—but not Saudi Arabia's disastrous human rights record or anti-democratic government. Plus: is the situation in Brazil best summed up as "The People vs. The President,||4/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJames Henry on Panama Papers, Sanho Tree on Hiroshima||We talk about using the Panama Papers to push for real change with investigative economist James Henry, and the dominant Hiroshima "narrative"—lamentable but necessary, ultimately saved more than it killed—with historian Sanho Tree.||4/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBruce Stanley on Coal-Industry Crime||Media celebrated the sentencing of Don Blankenship as the first time such a high-level executive received jail time for a workplace safety violation. But shouldn't we question why that is? And why was such a serious charge just a misdemeanor?||4/8/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cleanasha bandele and Laura Carlsen on the War on Drugs||CounterSpin talks about the War on Drugs with asha bandele of Drug Policy Alliance, and also with Laura Carlsen of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy.||4/1/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAviva Chomsky on Obama in Cuba, Mark Weisbrot on Argentina’s Right Turn||We talk about what would really need to change to "normalize" US/Cuba relations. And in Argentina, a thrilled press corps tells us a new day is dawning with the election of "former businessman" Mauricio Mauri.||3/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTom Tresser and the Deficit Mirage, Ben Bagdikian and Media Monopoly||Is Chicago broke because experts say it is, or is there another way to look at it? We hear about the "mirage" of deficits. Plus a classic interview with author, journalist and media critic Ben Bagdikian, who died March 11 at age 96,||3/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAlvaro Bedoya on Facial Recognition and the Color of Surveillance||Whether we are being watched by private companies or by law enforcement and the state, our guest says, not everyone is watched equally.||3/11/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHeidi Beirich on White Supremacy||Media generally fail to take the body of ideas known as white supremacy seriously in a journalistic way, even when it's connected to violence. How do we inform and change the conversation?||3/4/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNeema Singh Guliani on Apple vs. FBI, Stephen Zunes on Misremembering the Iraq War||The FBI is demanding that Apple help it access the iPhone of San Bernardino attacker Syed Rizwan Farook. Why are privacy and civil rights advocates so alarmed by this case?||2/26/2016||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.