CounterSpin, the weekly radio program of the media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting), provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage. CounterSpin exposes and highlights biased and inaccurate news; censored stories; sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism in the news; the power of corporate influence; gaffes and goofs by leading TV pundits; TV news’ narrow political spectrum; attacks on free speech; and more.
NYT Fails to Examine Its Participation in Brazil’s ‘Biggest Judicial Scandal’
In article after article, the New York Times failed to share important information on the Lava Jato investigation. This helped normalize the 2016 coup and the removal of Lula from the 2018 presidential elections, which in turn opened the door for a neofascist/military takeover of Brazil.
Michelle Holder on Black Women & Minimum Wage, Alice O’Connor on the War on Poverty
While a federal minimum wage increase would affect millions of workers and the social fabric, it would have particular impact on one "essential" yet somehow expendable group: Black women.
Mitch Jones on Texas Freeze-Outs, Joe Torres on News for All the People
If media really expect people to actively challenge the promises pushed—aggressively and constantly—by the energy industry, maybe they could do a little more challenging themselves.
Celine McNicholas and Joanne Doroshow on Forced Arbitration, Kate Bronfrenbrenner on NLRB
We get some background on forced arbitration and why it matters from previous CounterSpin conversations--plus we talked about the Trump-era NLRB while it was happening.
Ending the Forever Wars: Phyllis Bennis on Afghanistan, Hyun Lee on Korea
Puzzling out what's behind the "more war will lead to peace" argument in Afghanistan--and listening to people in North and South Korea who seek an end to the militarized tension they've lived under for more than 70 years.
Basav Sen on Biden Climate Policy, Hannah Sassaman on Prometheus v. FCC
The disasters of climate disruption have next to no relationship to what corporate media say is "feasible" to address them.