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Counterspin – January 11, 2008

Peter Hart on 2008 primaries, Kali Akuno on New Orleans public housing. This week on CounterSpin: Expecting the pundits, political reporters and pollsters to learn from their mistakes may be a bad bet considering their performance in covering the recent Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. But the bad coverage didn’t end at bad … Continued


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Counterspin – December 28, 2007

This week on CounterSpin: a special look at two stories. One of them has received significant media attention that you might not always understand; the other is a story that’s flown under the media radar altogether. Turmoil in the housing market has been pinned on Wall Street’s appetite for so-called subprime mortgages. With house prices … Continued


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Counterspin – December 21, 2007

This week on CounterSpin: The FCC voted recently to eliminate the cross-ownership ban that was intended to prevent the same company from controlling tv stations and newspapers in the same market. Pretty par for the course for the industry-friendly agency, but this time, after years of activism, there’s more pushback than perhaps was expected. What … Continued


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Counterspin – December 14, 2007

The Huckabee surge is officially the campaign story of the moment. How did the supposedly second-tier Republican contender become the man to beat? And what has the national media done to boost him to front-runner status? We’ll speak with a reporter who’s covered Huckabee up close for years—Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times.


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Counterspin – December 7, 2007

Old official assumptions about Iran have been swept away by a National Intelligence Estimate that says Iran scuttled its nuclear weapons program years ago. But will journalists question the whole new set of official (and in many ways no less belligerent) assumptions that seem to be emerging in the wake of the NIE? We’ll talk … Continued