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CounterSpin is the weekly radio program of FAIR, the national progressive media watch group.
||CleanAdam Gaffney on Obamacare Costs; Astra Taylor on 'The People's Platform'||This week on CounterSpin: It's an understatement to say that media characterizations of the Affordable Care Act vary wildly. But so much analysis is devoted to political football, when health insurance is an issue calling out for news people can use.||4/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPhyllis Bennis on Afghan Elections, Alfie Kohn on The Myth of the Spoiled Child||CBS told viewers the recent presidential election in Afghanistan was a major victory for the US military. The idea that 12 years of war and occupation have gifted that country with peace and stability is shaping up as the line of the day in US media.||4/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRalph Nader on GM, Liz Kennedy on McCutcheon||As GM executive Mary Barra takes a grilling in a congressional hearing over dangerous defects in the company's Chevy Cobalt, we talk General Motors with Ralph Nader. And if you thought the problem of money in politics couldn't get worse after the Supre...||4/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJodi Jacobson on Hobby Lobby, Kate Sheppard on Oil Spills||The Supreme Court hears the Hobby Lobby case, which is about women's health, reproductive rights and claims of religious freedom--and one more front in the right's battle against the Affordable Care Act. And 25 years after the Exxon Valdez disaster,||3/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSarah Jaffe on NY Charter Schools, Carla Murphy on FCC Diversity Study||Coverage of the "tug of war" between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo over charter schools tells us more about political alliances than it does about education. And what's the real story behind the right's claim that the White House was ...||3/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||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|
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.