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CounterSpin is the weekly radio program of FAIR, the national progressive media watch group.
||CleanKaren Hansen-Kuhn on TPP, James Henry on HSBC||More useful than corporate media's "battling soundbites" approach to covering TPP would be journalism that got outside the Beltway and talked to people about what the fallout from these corporate-centered international agreements really looks like.||4/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAbdi Ismail Samatar on Al Shabab, Katherine Gallagher on Abu Ghraib Lawsuit||After horrific attacks in Kenya and Somalia by the Somalia-based Al Shabab, what needs to happen in Somalia and elsewhere to help that country move forward? And will those who committed atrocities under cover of war at Abu Ghraib face justice?||4/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSheila Carapico on Yemen, Malkia Cyril on Surveillance of Black America||What should we look for in media coverage of the current Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen? Plus: When pushing for an alternative to "indiscriminate" data collection by the NSA, we should bear in mind who usually gets "targeted."||4/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJennifer Wagner on Indiana Law, Darnell Hunt on Race in Hollywood||How can media cover the backlash against the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act just passed in Indiana without resorting to "some say, others differ"? Plus: The Hollywood press argues that white actors are now being discriminated against.||4/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDarcey O’Callaghan on Water Crisis, Natalia Abrams on Student Debt||Download MP3 - This week on CounterSpin: March 22 was World Water Day, meant to call attention to the crisis in world water supply and sanitation that makes lack of access to clean water far and away the leading cause of death for children under 5.||3/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAlfredo Lopez on Venezuelan ‘Threat,’ Jeff Biggers on Mountaintop Removal||Is Venezuela really a threat to the security of the United States, as the White House has declared? And after years of activism, are we about to see an end to one of the most damaging aspects of the coal industry--mountaintop removal?||3/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDeborah Vagins on Voting Rights, Justin Elliott on Red Cross||We'll talk about the fight over voting rights and black people's access to basics of democracy--as an ongoing story, not just a historical one--with the ACLU's Deborah Vagins. Plus: ProPublica's Justin Elliott on the Red Cross's secret disaster.||3/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMurtaza Hussain on Netanyahu Speech, Carlos Miller on Photographing Police||Are media asking fundamental questions about what Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu actually said in his speech to Congress? Plus: The right of citizens to record police is embraced vehemently by those concerned about police abuses.||3/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNazgol Ghandnoosh on Criminal Justice Racism, Stephanie Simon on Pearson||Eliminating racism in criminal justice is about more than what's in a cop's mind. Plus: How does a company like Pearson dominate the market for educational testing with little or no evidence that its products are effective?||2/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMarjorie Cohn on ISIS AUMF, Laura Flanders on Worker Co-Ops||Would an Authorization of Use of Military Force actually make attacks against ISIS legal? And are such attacks really the solution to the crisis? Plus we'll discuss a different way of organizing work in our increasingly unequal society.||2/20/2015||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.