Body Count Comeback

AP story on CBS‘s site (8/10/16) on how many ISIS fighters have been “taken off the battlefield.” One of the hoariest methods of modern war propaganda remains the official body count. Government or military officials decisively touting large numbers of enemies killed has long been a surefire way to get credulous or friendly press coverage,…

Media Mourn End of CIA Killing Syrians and Strengthening Al Qaeda

The US government has finally announced an end to its years-long program to arm and train Syrian rebels. The initiative, one of the CIA’s largest covert operations, with billions of dollars of funding, fueled mass killing in Syria and significantly prolonged the country’s horrific war. Widely respected experts have also acknowledged that it greatly strengthened…

‘Wars Are Not Fought to Liberate Women’

Peter Hart interviewed Sonali Kolhatkar about women in Afghanistan for the October 10, 2010, episode of CounterSpin, an interview that was rebroadcast on the July 21, 2017, show. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “1. CounterSpin Sonali Kolhatkar Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE3MDcyMUtvbGhhdGthci5tcDM=”, counterpart:””,…

How Media Spread CIA’s Sectarian, Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War’ Narrative

A new Vox video (7/17/17) is the latest addition to a media onslaught that propagates numerous misleading talking points  to demonize Iran—just as the US government, under Donald Trump’s vehemently anti-Iran administration, is ratcheting up aggression against that country. The 10-minute film, titled “The Middle East’s Cold War, Explained,” is a textbook example of how…

WaPo Worships Principled, Humanitarian McCain That’s Never Existed

The Washington Post urges “Washington and the world beyond…to absorb the example that Mr. McCain sets every day.” In a fawning editorial Saturday (7/22/17), pillar of the national security establishment Washington Post fell over itself to commend a John McCain that never existed, instead lavishing praise on a well-curated PR facsimile developed over decades. After…

Sonali Kolhatkar on Afghan Women, Karl Grossman on Space Weapons, T.R. Reid on Healthcare Debate

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Reuters vs. UN Cancer Agency: Are Corporate Ties Influencing Science Coverage?

Ever since they classified the world’s most widely used herbicide as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” a team of international scientists at the World Health Organization’s cancer research group have been under withering attack by the agrichemical industry and its surrogates. In a front-page series titled “The Monsanto Papers,” the French newspaper Le Monde (6/1/17) described…

‘How Can the Arsonists Be the Firefighters Today?’

Janine Jackson interviewed Maurice Carney about the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the July 14, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “1. CounterSpin Maurice Carney Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE3MDcxNENhcm5leS5tcDM=”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl: “”…

Corporate Media Largely Silent on Trump’s Civilian Death Toll in Iraq

Amnesty International’s report on the plight of civilians in Mosul, where ISIS “has systematically moved them into zones of conflict, used them as human shields and prevented them from escaping to safety,” while they “have also been subjected to relentless and unlawful attacks by Iraqi government forces and members of the US-led coalition.” Earlier this…

‘There’s an Effort Around the Country to Curtail People’s Fundamental 1st Amendment Rights’

Janine Jackson interviewed Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the right to protest for the July 14, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “1. CounterSpin Mara Verheyden-Hilliard Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE3MDcxNFZlcmhleWRlbkhpbGxpYXJkLm1wMw==”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl: “” } ]; MP3jPLAYERS[0] =…

While Attacks in Israel Make Headlines, Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza Ignored

A Palestinian girl in Gaza looks out the window of her partially destroyed home. (photo: UNICEF) The recent acute humanitarian crisis in Gaza—on top of the routine humanitarian crisis that defines everyday existence there—has gotten sparse coverage in US media over the past three weeks. Israeli officials have cut off electricity to almost 2 million…

Maurice Carney on Congo Crisis, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on the Right to Protest

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NPR’s ‘Varied Mix’ Spotlights Right-Wing Advocacy, Not Progressive Populism

Jonah Goldberg: “No liberal commentator has had such a recurring platform,” according to NPR‘s ombud. Jonah Goldberg is the founding editor of the National Review Online, a fellow at the right-wing American Enterprise think tank, and a widely distributed conservative columnist. He first gained the spotlight, and began writing for National Review, in 1998, when…

‘There Is Myopia in Western Media Covering the Refugee Crisis’

Janine Jackson interviewed Vijay Prashad about displaced people for the July 7, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “1. CounterSpin Vijay Prashad Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE3MDcwN1ByYXNoYWQubXAz”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl: “” } ]; MP3jPLAYERS[0] = { list:MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0,…

Jack Shaheen, Vital Critic of Denigrating Images

Jack Shaheen (1935-2017) Media depictions of Arabs and Muslims as backward and violent pollute the minds of many and help fuel continuing militarism in the Mideast by the US government. The critical importance of those denigrating images and stereotypes was what made Jack Shaheen’s work so vital. A longtime FAIR friend, Jack died on Monday….

‘All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People’

Janine Jackson interviewed Dan Zukowski about climate disruption for the June 30, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “1. CounterSpin Dan Zukowski Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE3MDYzMFp1a293c2tpLm1wMw==”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl: “” } ]; MP3jPLAYERS[0] = { list:MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0,…

Stigma Over Solutions

Four Democratic senators held a press conference on June 15 to highlight what the passage of the American Health Care Act (aka Trumpcare) would do for the opiate crisis. The conference came just days after a report showed overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 (New York Times, 6/5/17), and…