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CounterSpin is the weekly radio program of FAIR, the national progressive media watch group.
||CleanMiguel Tinker Salas on Venezuela, Ali Abunimah on Palestine||This week on CounterSpin: Venezuela's violent demonstrations, which began a month ago, have begun to wind down. Has anything been resolved between the largely middle and upper class opposition, and the democratically elected government they want to lea...||3/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRobert Parry on Ukraine, Luke Charles Harris on My Brother's Keeper||Journalists and pundits say Vladimir Putin is off his rocker, and the proof is his invasion of Crimea, and his crazy suggestion that the US has, on several occasions, acted lawlessly. We'll talk with Robert Parry of Consortium News, about the US,||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanShannon Young on 'Mexican Moment,' Ashley Gorski on NYPD Muslim Spying||Glowing US coverage of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has some folks buzzing about the "Mexican Moment." But is privatizing the oil industry really the reform it's made out to be? We'll talk it over with independent journalist Shannon Young. -||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanLori Wallach on TPP, Gareth Porter on Iran||This week on CounterSpin: Lori Wallach of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch talks about the TPP, the sprawling commercial treaty the White House doesn't want you to know about. And Gareth Porter explains that most of what you read about Iran's nucle...||2/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSue Sturgis on Moral March, Toni Gilpin on Skills Gap Myth||This week on CounterSpin: Tens of thousands of moral marchers descend on Raleigh North Carolina, the latest and most dramatic example of a social justice movement sweeping the state. The national press is mostly skipping the story; Sue Sturgis from the...||2/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJoel Berg on Food Stamps, Jules Boykoff on Olympics||This week on CounterSpin: Congress passed the nearly trillion dollar farm bill on Feb. 2nd—with more than $8 billion in cuts to food stamps, or the SNAP program as it is now known. What does this mean for people dealing with food insecurity,||2/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJohn Schmitt on State of the Union, Dominique Apollon on Race & the Media||The president's State of the Union address was met with praise from liberal pundits and derision from conservatives, with precious little analysis of the content. Was it a turn real toward populism? We'll take a look at some of Obama's economic talking...||1/31/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAlfred McCoy on the NSA and History of Political Surveillance||This week on CounterSpin: An independent review board has concluded that the National Security Agency's surveillance program poses threats to citizens' civil liberties, isn't really working to catch terrorists and should be ended.||1/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRashid Khalidi on Ariel Sharon, Drew Hudson on NPR and Fracking||Ariel Sharon died on January 11th, and media send-offs included a lot about the former Israeli prime minister's historic role and his dedication to Israel's defense and security. But they often glossed lightly over the darker aspects of Sharon's record.||1/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanStephen Pimpare on War on Poverty, Carl Hart on Marijuana||This week on CounterSpin: The 50th anniversary of the launch of LBJ's War on Poverty is generating a lot of press coverage of an issue corporate media tend to mostly ignore. But what's missing from these conservations?||1/10/14||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.