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CounterSpin provides a critical examination of the each week’s major news stories, and exposes what the mainstream media may have missed in their own coverage. Combines lively discussion and thoughtful critique. Produced by the national media watch group FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting).
 
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Guardian (11/10/21) This week on CounterSpin: What do we want? Multiracial democracy. When do we want it? Now. What stands in the way? White supremacy that has disregarded, derailed and violently defied that democracy at multiple turns. Those anguished over the Rittenhouse acquittal, depressed by racist police brutality, unnerved by the failure to …
 
“Oh please, dear? For your information, the Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint,” a patriotic Walter Sobchak tells a diner waitress after she implores him to keep his voice down in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski. So iconic is this pop culture reference to American jurisprudence that it was actually cited by a Texas judge in a First A…
 
The Wall Street Journal (2/3/21) explains inflation. This week on CounterSpin: If you read a paper, you know that inflation is a dire, important thing right now, a problem for the Biden administration, for economic policymakers, and for…regular folks who want to buy milk? You don’t need to understand it, elite media seem to say, but you do need to …
 
New York Times (11/9/21) This week on CounterSpin: We’ve talked on this show about how drugs and medicines are researched and developed by the government (on the public dime, if you will), and then pharmaceutical companies get patents on them and sell them back to the public at literally life-altering, or life-ending, prices. If you think, “But sur…
 
(cc photo: Doug Peters/British government) This week on CounterSpin: The impacts of climate disruption are not theoretical; they are happening. Those already worst off are facing the worst of it, and those who profit from it continue to profit. There are finer points, but that’s reality. And it’s fair to measure journalism not by its cleverness, or…
 
(cc photo: Adam Schultz / Biden for President) This week on CounterSpin: An early October survey showed that while 60% of those polled knew that the Build Back Better legislative package was “$3.5 trillion,” only 10% had any sense of what was in it. That is many things, but preeminently a failure of news media—the demonstrably harmful effect of mon…
 
USA Today‘s front-page obituary for Colin Powell (10/19/21) called him “a Warrior, Diplomat and ‘Great American.” Accompanying stories called him “A Man Trusted by Presidents and the Public Alike,” and “Always Willing to Stand Against Racism.” The only hint of criticism was a story that said that “Iraq Tarnished [His] Storied Career.” Former Secret…
 
The Washington Post (8/10/21) editorializes that “experts are more certain than ever that dire consequences are coming” from climate change—but still allows its pundits to argue for inaction on the basis of uncertainty. Upon the release of the latest dire report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (8/9/21), the Washington Post (8/…
 
Janine Jackson interviewed Media Matters’ Bobby Lewis about AT&T and OAN for the October 15, 2021, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. CounterSpin211015Lewis.mp3 MP3jPLAYLISTS.inline_13 = [ { name: "CounterSpin211015Lewis.mp3", formats: ["mp3"], mp3: "aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWRpYS5ibHVicnJ5LmNvbS9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9jb250ZW50LmJsdWJycnkuY…
 
OAN's audience has been told that Trump really won the 2020 election and that chemical cocktails are better for Covid than vaccines. The post Bobby Lewis on One America News, Jean Su on People vs. Fossil Fuels appeared first on FAIR.بقلم Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
 
Though the Postal Service has always been a public good, its current leaders seem intent on driving it into the ground. The post Lisa Graves on the Fight for the Post Office, Stevana Sims on Defending Anti-Racist Education appeared first on FAIR.بقلم Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
 
Media announce a rise in the murder rate with coverage steeped in false presumptions about what that means and how to respond. The post Alec Karakatsanis on ‘Crime Surge’ Copaganda, Jane Manning on Gender-Based Crime appeared first on FAIR.بقلم Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
 
"We’re going to have a representative of fossil fuel interests crafting the policy that reduces our emissions from fossil fuels." The post David Moore on Manchin’s Conflict, Jim Naureckas on Covid and Media appeared first on FAIR.بقلم Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
 
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