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CounterSpin is the weekly radio program of FAIR, the national progressive media watch group.
||CleanLouis Perez on Fidel Castro, Craig Aaron on Local Media Auctions||While it's implied that our only choice is between hagiography and hatred, there is actual history that provides context for understanding the role in world events of Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution, which involved other people besides him.||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSumi Cho and Alicia Garza on Election and Intersection, James Loewen on Misreporting History||Social justice advocates are getting together to share strategies for protecting vulnerable communities and resisting the predations on our civil rights.||11/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKica Matos on Immigration, Sue Udry on Civil Liberties–Under Trump||Donald Trump spent his entire campaign demonizing immigrants as dangerous, job-stealing criminals. While denouncing that, media sometimes dismissed it as mainly campaign rhetoric. Will they take the story seriously enough as a Trump administration trie...||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Now? Post-Election Special - Rob Richie, Cynthia Terrell, Patty Lovera, Deepa Kumar and Phyllis Bennis on what we do next||What now for electoral reform and congressional diversity? For the environment? For Muslim-Americans and others made vulnerable by the so-called "War on Terror" in its domestic and international fronts?||11/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRose Aguilar on Standing Rock Reporting, Michelle Chen on Samsung Labor and Environmental Abuses||Corporate Media's main method of undermining the significance of what's happening in North Dakota has been to simply ignore it. If that maneuver is failing, it's due to independent media working to get the stories from Standing Rock out,||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrandi Collins on Black Lives Surveillance||Corporate journalists rely on the First Amendment, but it's increasingly unclear if the First Amendment can rely on them. The relative lack of interest in the impact of spying on activists—a practice with a long and disturbing history given new power b.||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAri Berman on Rigging Elections, Dean Baker on the Debt Bogeyman||Donald Trump is now claiming that if he doesn't win, the thing must be rigged. It's concerning that his supporters may believe that, but also concerning that others might imagine that the fact that Trump mentions the idea of voting improprieties must m...||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Trahant on Dakota Access, Tess Borden on Criminalizing Drug Use||The standoff over the Dakota Access pipeline is not a "harbinger" of the fight to make "Keep It in the Ground" more than a slogan; harbingers are about the future, and climate disruption and the people on its frontlines are stories of today.||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDahr Jamail on Climate Disruption, Richard Phillips on Trump’s Taxes||From vanishing ice to animal die-offs to increasing wildfires, scientists use words like "unprecedented" and "staggering" to describe the evident impacts of human-driven climate disruption. Elite media say they take it all very seriously….||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlice O’Connor on the Politics of Poverty||We talk about the limits of how we talk about poverty with Alice O'Connor. She's a professor of history at the University of California/Santa Barbara and author of Poverty Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy and the Poor in 20th Century US History.||9/30/2016||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.