Sam Zia-Zarifi on Marla Ruzicka & Jeff Chester on CPB This week on CounterSpin: Marla Ruzicka, whose mission was documenting and securing compensation for civilian victims of U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, was honored in the U.S. press this week after she was killed by a car bomb in Baghdad. But will the same … Continued
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David Swanson on Bankruptcy Bill, Sarah Posner Low-Power Radio As we record this week’s show, the House is voting on bankruptcy legislation that’s been under discussion for week. Our guest says despite the quantity of coverage, the public still may be confused about what the changes would actually do — and not do — and … Continued
Emily Whitfield on Torture Memos, John Prados on Intelligence Commission This week on CounterSpin: New memos about the Bush administration’s torture and interrogation policies in Iraq have come to light. There’s big news here, but you wouldn’t know it by the media’s indifference to the story. What is actually in these new torture documents? And … Continued
Bob McChesney on FCC and Indecency, Daniel Ellsberg on Whistleblowers This week on Counterspin: the FCC is on an anti-indecency crusade thats already led to broadcasters self-censoring such controversial things as a nude lithograph on Antiques Roadshow. Whos fighting back? And what happened to all those other issues of media reform we were talking about … Continued
Norman Solomon on Iraq and withdrawal, Katha Pollitt on op-ed diversity This week on CounterSpin: the two-year anniversary of the Iraq war came and went with relatively little media fanfare. What’s the state of the Iraq debate? And what ideas are unmentionable in mainstream media circles? We’ll ask FAIR associate and syndicated columnist Norman Solomon. … Continued
Mark Jones on "forgotten crises," Jack Shaheen on Arabs on TV This week on CounterSpin: Humanitarian catastrophes claim millions of lives every year– from brutal civil wars to disease and famine. Which stories make the headlines, and which are all but ignored by the press? We’ll talk with Mark Jones of Reuters Alertnet about these … Continued
Sure, Million Dollar Baby is just a movie, but given how rarely the media spotlight ever makes it around to people with disabilities, the movie is bound to shape public opinion and understanding. So the questions provoked by the film would seem to deserve more thoughtful, and inclusive, journalistic treatment than theyve thus far received. … Continued
The U.S. has been rattling the saber at Syria for the last few years, and the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in mid-February has caused an escalation of US belligerence toward Syria-despite an apparent lack of evidence that Syria was involved in the killing. We’ll talk about coverage of Syria with Professor … Continued
Richard Kogan on Bush’s budget, Melanie Sloan on network TV ad policies.
Frank Brodhead on Iraq elections, Tiffiniy Cheng on Eyes on the Prize.