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CounterSpin is the weekly radio program of FAIR, the national progressive media watch group.
||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|
||CleanMario Murillo on Colombian Accord, Kevin Miller on Gender Wage Gap||After more than a half century of bloody conflict that saw more than 200,000 mostly poor civilians killed, Colombia has a chance at a peace accord between the government and the FARC, the region's oldest insurgent movement.||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNoelle Hanrahan on National Prison Strike, William Black on Wells Fargo Fraud||You wouldn't know it from corporate press, but what may have been the largest prison labor strike in the country's history happened September 9. This country is supposedly taking a bipartisan "fresh look" at mass incarceration; so what does elite media...||9/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Weisbrot on Brazilian Overthrow, Shahid Buttar on Copwatcher Retaliation||Many Brazilians are calling the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff a coup, but the official US position is, what now? Plus: We talk about the importance of legal—and journalistic—defense of citizen journalists.||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLabor Day Special: Workers and Corporate Media||It's fitting that the Labor Day holiday remind us of the struggles as well as the advances of US workers, who face today some of the same problems as workers in 1894—including distant and disconnected owners, whose self-enriching,||9/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKandi Mossett on Native American Pipeline Protests||For many people, what's happening right now in North Dakota is a crucial story of a frontline fight of indigenous people against extractive industry—and on behalf of humanity, really, and the planet.||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFelicia Kornbluh on the Politics of Welfare||We're told we're in a moment of reconsideration, perhaps, of the notion that depriving needy people of assistance would lead to their gainful employment and well-being. A true reconsideration of the 1990s welfare overhaul would require a so-far invisib...||8/19/2016||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.