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CounterSpin is the weekly radio program of FAIR, the national progressive media watch group.
||CleanSaru Jayaraman on Outlawing the Tipped Minimum Wage||There's a movement to outlaw the "tipped wage" -- the idea that a minimum wage of $2.13 is OK, because waitstaff get enough in voluntary tips to make up for it.||11/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJim Naureckas on ISIS Attacks, Janet Redman on Climate Conference Activism||The Paris attacks by the group known as ISIS have dominated news outlets, but if the goal really is to prevent the recurrence of such violence, then reporting that eliminates political context can't be the way forward.||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHolly Sklar on Minimum Wage Economics, Nicholas Kusnetz on State Government Transparency||Media usually present the minimum wage issue as workers vs. business, but we'll get a different angle from Holly Sklar of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. Plus: What journalists can do about transparency and accountability in state government.||11/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAri Berman on Voting Rights, Joanne Doroshow on Forced Arbitration||CounterSpin discusses the first presidential race in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Plus: Just what do you sign away in those fine print contracts now necessary for everything from buying a cellphone to getting a job?||11/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanKimberle Crenshaw on School Assault, Yousef Munayyer on Israel/Palestine Narratives||Many people were outraged by video evidence of a police officer violently assaulting a young black woman in her classroom—an incident that highlights the marginalization of black girls and women in conversations about state violence.||10/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanChase Madar on Prosecuting Police||It looks unlikely that the officer, Timothy Loehmann, who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice will face any prosecution at all for the killing. If the justice system won't bring justice, what could?||10/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMichele Jawando on Criminal Justice Reform, Beverly Bell on Food Sovereignty||Taking the Black Lives Matter movement seriously has to mean more than prompting presidential candidates to say the words aloud. CounterSpin talks about some potential elements of an actual criminal justice reform agenda.||10/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPhyllis Bennis on US Bombing of Afghan Hospital||The hospital attack is not the first of its kind, nor—if we take the advice of generals that the incident means the US should increase its military presence in the country—will it likely be the last. After 14 years of war on Afghanistan,||10/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRebecca Vallas on Welfare Shaming, David Baron on Air Polluters||The growing number of people, many with jobs, relying on some form of aid isn't enough to shake the notion that economic need is something you can shame people out of. And media recite the protests of polluting industries without interrogating them.||10/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDean Baker on Drug Prices, Brandon Garrett on Corporate Crime||Drug company CEO Martin Shkreli became the target of public outrage by raising the price of a drug from $13 to $750 a tablet. Plus: The Volkwagen case raises yet again the question of whether our legal system can adequately respond to corporate crime.||9/25/2015||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.