Deficit Scare Tactics Are What Citizens Should Really Be Afraid Of

No, it doesn’t–but not because it doesn’t do enough to cut Social Security and Medicare. The New York Times (5/23/17) ran a column by Maya MacGuineas, the president of the Peter Peterson–backed Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. The piece begins with the ominous announcement: President Trump entered office facing the worst ratio of debt…

‘What Bail Does Is Coerce Guilty Pleas’

Janine Jackson: National Mama’s Bailout Day aimed, successfully, to get dozens of incarcerated black women home for Mother’s Day. The action could be supported with data: Black women are 44 percent of the US jail population, 80 percent of women in jail have young children, 82 percent are in custody for nonviolent offenses, and many…

‘It’s the Most Misogynist, Gender-Segregated Country in the World’

Janine Jackson interviewed Medea Benjamin about Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia for the May 19, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “1. CounterSpin Medea Benjamin Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE3MDUxOUJlbmphbWluLm1wMw==”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl: “” } ]; MP3jPLAYERS[0]…

Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For

Reports on the Trump/Saudi arm deals focused on who would get paid–and ignored who it would cost. The Trump administration wrapped up a weapons deal with the Saudi Arabian government this week that will be worth up to $350 billion over the next ten years. News of the deal came as Trump visited Riyadh and…

At CNN, Imagining an Absurd Iranian/ISIS Alliance

Alan Dershowitz (Anderson Cooper 360, 5/17/17) denounces Trump whistleblower as “a felon [and] a criminal.” Pro-torture legal scholar Alan Dershowitz was on CNN the other night (Anderson Cooper 360, 5/17/17) arguing that the person who told the Washington Post that Donald Trump had disclosed classified information about ISIS to Russian visitors in the Oval Office…

Chelsea Manning Is Free–but Whistleblowers Still Face Prison

Chelsea Manning, a free woman. Human Rights Watch is glad that Chelsea Manning is free. A statement from the group’s General Counsel’s office notes that Manning’s “absurdly disproportionate” 35-year sentence for passing classified documents to Wikileaks in 2010, commuted by Barack Obama on his last day in office, was prosecuted under the Espionage Act of…

‘Puerto Rico Is Emblematic of the Excesses of These Financial Systems’

Janine Jackson interviewed Ed Morales about Puerto Rico’s recent filing for bankruptcy amidst its debt crisis for the May 12, 2017 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.  Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “1. CounterSpin Ed Morales Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE3MDUxMk1vcmFsZXMubXAz”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl:…

Medea Benjamin on Saudi Arabia, Arissa Hall on Mama’s Bail Out Day

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Roger Ailes: No One Did More to Debase US Politics

Roger Ailes (cc photo: US Army/Christopher Tobey) Roger Ailes, the man who pioneered “alternative facts,” is dead. During the first five years of Fox News—which was built almost single-handedly by Ailes’ genius—I was a regular on-air contributor/panelist there. I dealt with his right-wing lieutenants plenty, but only met Ailes once, at a Fox News “Holiday…

‘Many More People Would Die if Republicans Are Successful’

Janine Jackson interviewed Margarida Jorge about the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut funding for Medicaid for the May 12, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.  Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “1. CounterSpin Margarida Jorge Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE3MDUxMkpvcmdlLm1wMw==”, counterpart:””, artist: “”,…

Is Hannity, the Last of the Longtime Fox Stars, Looking for the Door?

Sean Hannity (cc photo: Gage Skidmore) With former CEO Roger Ailes and star anchor Bill O’Reilly gone, attention at Fox News Channel is shifting to Sean Hannity—the last of the channel’s big stars who have been with the network from the Clinton years to Trump. And it looks like network co-president Bill Shine’s departure last…

Big Media Need to Fight for the Right to Protest

Desiree Fairooz, dragged out of a Senate hearing for chuckling. (image: Ryan J. Reilly) West Virginia state police arrested Dan Heyman, a veteran reporter with Public News Service, for repeatedly asking Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price whether being a target of domestic violence would be considered a “pre-existing condition,” allowing health insurance to…

Ed Morales on Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, Margarida Jorge on Trumpcare

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‘Chevron Was Just Fabricating a Lie to Get Out of Paying for a Cleanup’

Janine Jackson interviewed Paul Paz y Miño about Chevron’s oil spill in Ecuador for the May 5, 2017 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.  Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “1. CounterSpin Paul Paz y Mino Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE3MDUwNVBhenlNaW5vLm1wMw==”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl: “” }…

Action Alert: Asking Questions of Government Figures Is Not a Crime

Mugshot of reporter Dan Heyman, arrested while trying to question a government official (via CNN) West Virginia state police arrested Dan Heyman, a veteran reporter with Public News Service, for repeatedly asking Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price whether being a target of domestic violence would be considered a “pre-existing condition,” allowing health insurance…

‘The New York Times Wants to Have a Very Circumscribed Discussion’

Janine Jackson interviewed Jim Naureckas about Bret Stephens for the May 5, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “1. CounterSpin Jim Naureckas Paul Paz y Mino Full Show “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE3MDUwNU5hdXJlY2thcy5tcDM=”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl: “” }…

NPR Can’t Help Hyping North Korean Threat

NPR (3/23/16) UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council on March 8 that “all options are on the table” regarding North Korea. Between then and April 27, NPR.org published 60 stories on US/North Korea relations. Here’s a representative exchange (Morning Edition, 4/20/17): David Greene, host: A pretty ominous-sounding warning from North Korea this…

Trump Uses Power of FCC to Pay Back Friends at Sinclair Broadcasting

This morning  Sinclair Broadcast Group, the conservative media behemoth that owns more local news stations than any other company in the country, just got even bigger.  It announced it was buying Tribune Media for $3.9 billion, creating what Bloomberg (5/8/17) calls a “TV goliath.” The purchase, which gives Sinclair a staggering reach of  nearly 69…

‘It Comes Down to Monopoly Control of the Aftermarket’

Janine Jackson interviewed Kyle Wiens about copyright overreaching for the April 28, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “1. CounterSpin Kyle Wiens Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE3MDQyOFdpZW5zLm1wMw==”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl: “” } ]; MP3jPLAYERS[0] = { list:MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0,…