‘Monsanto Has Worked Very Hard to Discredit Me and My Work’ – CounterSpin interview with Carey Gillam on Monsanto’s attack on journalism

Janine Jackson interviewed US Right to Know’s Carey Gillam for the August 16, 2019, episode of CounterSpin, about being targeted by Monsanto. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link Janine Jackson: There’s an old saying but true, “News is something somebody doesn’t want printed. All else is advertising.” And … Read more‘Monsanto Has Worked Very Hard to Discredit Me and My Work’ – CounterSpin interview with Carey Gillam on Monsanto’s attack on journalism

On Gun Violence, ‘We Need the Federal Government to Take Bold Steps’ – CounterSpin interview with Ernest Coverson on guns & human rights

Janine Jackson interviewed Amnesty International USA’s Ernest Coverson about guns and human rights for the August 16, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.  Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link New York Times (8/9/19) Janine Jackson: When Walmart responded to the early August mass murder by a white supremacist by announcing … Read moreOn Gun Violence, ‘We Need the Federal Government to Take Bold Steps’ – CounterSpin interview with Ernest Coverson on guns & human rights

Ernest Coverson on Guns & Human Rights, Carey Gillam Under Attack From Monsanto

Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: The US undoubtedly needs better health care, including mental health care, and blithely violent cultural media is nothing to celebrate; but there is no actual mystery about the main reason behind the gun violence this country sees every day of the year—and that sometimes … Read moreErnest Coverson on Guns & Human Rights, Carey Gillam Under Attack From Monsanto

‘Black Communities Are Already Living in a Tech Dystopia’ – CounterSpin interview with Ruha Benjamin on racism and technology

Janine Jackson interviewed Ruha Benjamin about racism and technology for the August 9, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link Janine Jackson: Welcome to CounterSpin, your weekly look behind the headlines. I’m Janine Jackson. SFGate (7/22/15) This week on CounterSpin: Listeners may have heard about … Read more‘Black Communities Are Already Living in a Tech Dystopia’ – CounterSpin interview with Ruha Benjamin on racism and technology

‘People Are Demanding Accountability for the Fossil Fuel Industry’ – CounterSpin interview with Sriram Madhusoodanan about climate justice

Janine Jackson interviewed Sriram Madhusoodanan about climate justice for the August 2, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link Janine Jackson: Climate disruption presents a test for corporate news media: Will they act on the understanding that a conversation that doesn’t acknowledge that unprecedented measures … Read more‘People Are Demanding Accountability for the Fossil Fuel Industry’ – CounterSpin interview with Sriram Madhusoodanan about climate justice

Ruha Benjamin on Race After Technology

Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: Listeners may have heard about the electronic soap dispensers whose light sensors can’t detect black skin, Google and Flickr‘s automatic image-labeling that—oops— tagged photos of black people with “ape” and “gorilla.” An Asian-American blogger wrote about her Nikon digital camera that kept asking, “Did … Read moreRuha Benjamin on Race After Technology

‘Museums Like the Whitney Are Accountable to the Communities They Claim to Serve’ – CounterSpin interview with Amin Husain on Whitney Museum protest

Janine Jackson’s interview with Amin Husain about the Whitney Museum protest, originally part of the May 10, 2019, episode of CounterSpin, was reaired on the August 2, 2019, show. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link New York Times (7/25/19) Janine Jackson: Warren Kanders resigned from his position as … Read more‘Museums Like the Whitney Are Accountable to the Communities They Claim to Serve’ – CounterSpin interview with Amin Husain on Whitney Museum protest

NPR Shreds Ethics Handbook to Normalize Regime Change in Venezuela

by Lucas Koerner The Reagan administration in 1982 coerced National Public Radio (NPR) to cover more favorably the US terrorist war then being waged against Nicaragua. As Greg Grandin writes, Otto Reich, head of the administration’s Orwellian propaganda outfit known as the Office of Public Diplomacy, informed the public network that his office had contracted … Read moreNPR Shreds Ethics Handbook to Normalize Regime Change in Venezuela

‘Democracy Has Become a Joke on the Island’ – CounterSpin interview with Ed Morales on Puerto Rican protest

Janine Jackson interviewed Ed Morales about the Puerto Rican protest movement for the July 26, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link Janine Jackson: Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States; that’s critical to understanding the island’s historical, political and economic situation. And … Read more‘Democracy Has Become a Joke on the Island’ – CounterSpin interview with Ed Morales on Puerto Rican protest

Sriram Madhusoodanan on Fossil Fuel Investigations, Amin Husain on Decolonizing Museums

Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link (cc photo: Frank Schwichtenberg) This week on CounterSpin: The harms of climate disruption are already terrible and will only get worse, and despite what appears to be some people’s magical thinking, no one will be unaffected. What’s more, the drivers of climate disruption are known, and it isn’t … Read moreSriram Madhusoodanan on Fossil Fuel Investigations, Amin Husain on Decolonizing Museums

Media Downplay Climate Disruption’s Ever-Growing Role in Driving Migration

by Joshua Cho Washington Post (4/16/19) Journalists routinely dehumanize human beings crossing the southern border by comparing them to natural disasters like a “flood” or “deluge.” But while migration has always been a natural phenomenon, the increasingly forced migration of people escaping deteriorating conditions is an unnatural disaster driven, in part, by climate disruption. The … Read moreMedia Downplay Climate Disruption’s Ever-Growing Role in Driving Migration

Ed Morales on Puerto Rico Protests

Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link   (cc image: Oscar Rohena) This week on CounterSpin: Someone was asleep in the Tone Deafness Department at the New York Times, and allowed the paper to describe Puerto Rico as a place where “people enjoy the benefits of American citizenship but cling to their own Spanish-speaking culture.” … Read moreEd Morales on Puerto Rico Protests

What Do Black Voters Want? NYT’s Edsall Says It’s What ‘Conservative’ Democrats Want

  “The Democratic Party,” a new column by Thomas Edsall (7/24/19) declares, “Is Actually Three Parties.” Fascinating! Tell us more, New York Times columnist on “politics, demographics and inequality.” Well, based on data from a CBS poll of “battleground states,” there are “three roughly equal groups”: Democrats who call themselves “very liberal,” Democrats who call … Read moreWhat Do Black Voters Want? NYT’s Edsall Says It’s What ‘Conservative’ Democrats Want

Western Media Losing Enthusiasm for Failing Coup in Venezuela 

  When previously unknown Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaidó stood up in an East Caracas plaza and declared himself “interim president” of the South American country, Western corporate media were ebullient. In those heady early days, corporate journalists could scarcely conceal their love affair with the 35-year-old politician, whom they likened to Barack Obama (CNN, … Read moreWestern Media Losing Enthusiasm for Failing Coup in Venezuela 

‘These Terms Have a History and a Power We Have to Acknowledge’ – CounterSpin interview with Lawrence Glickman on racism & euphemism

Janine Jackson interviewed Lawrence Glickman about racism and euphemism for the July 19, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link Janine Jackson: When Iowa Rep. Steve King casually asserted the superiority of white people over others, asking, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that … Read more‘These Terms Have a History and a Power We Have to Acknowledge’ – CounterSpin interview with Lawrence Glickman on racism & euphemism

On Climate, ‘Looking at the Structural Barriers to Progress Is Important’ – CounterSpin interview with Zoë Carpenter on GOP’s Oregon power grab

Janine Jackson interviewed Zoë Carpenter about the GOP’s Oregon power grab for the July 12, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link Janine Jackson:The bizarre experience in Oregon last month, in which Republican lawmakers fled the senate—and the state—to prevent the quorum necessary for a … Read moreOn Climate, ‘Looking at the Structural Barriers to Progress Is Important’ – CounterSpin interview with Zoë Carpenter on GOP’s Oregon power grab

Brenda Choresi Carter on the Electability Myth, Lawrence Glickman on Racism & Euphemism

Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: There’s a vigorous public argument right now—mainly among Democrats, along with some IRBF’s, the Inexplicable Republican Best Friends to whom elite media offer op-ed space to offer assuredly good-faith counsel to Democrats — about “electability.” The upshot for many seems to be that to … Read moreBrenda Choresi Carter on the Electability Myth, Lawrence Glickman on Racism & Euphemism

‘Journalism Is Helping to Normalize the Concentration Camps’ – CounterSpin interview with Arun Gupta on immigration abuses

Janine Jackson interviewed Arun Gupta on Trump’s concentration camps for the July 12, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link Janine Jackson: The horrific treatment inflicted intentionally by the state on people legally seeking asylum at the US southern border is not happening under cover … Read more‘Journalism Is Helping to Normalize the Concentration Camps’ – CounterSpin interview with Arun Gupta on immigration abuses

‘This Is Designed to Shape the Electorate to Retain Political Power’ – CounterSpin interview with Steven Rosenfeld on gerrymandering

Janine Jackson interviewed Steven Rosenfeld on the Supreme Court’s gerrymandering decision for the July 5, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link Janine Jackson: Partisan gerrymandering, in which one party manipulates voting district maps to increase its power, is “incompatible with democratic principles.” So declared … Read more‘This Is Designed to Shape the Electorate to Retain Political Power’ – CounterSpin interview with Steven Rosenfeld on gerrymandering

Arun Gupta on No More Camps!, Zoe Carpenter on Oregon Power Grab

Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link   (image: No More Camps!) This week on CounterSpin: The US is facing humanitarian and political crises, and media will be judged on how they choose to respond. When a government is holding people who have committed no crime in camps that Holocaust survivors describe as “concentration camps,” … Read moreArun Gupta on No More Camps!, Zoe Carpenter on Oregon Power Grab

Steven Rosenfeld on Gerrymander Ruling, Nathan Schneider on Alternative Economic Visions

Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link The original Gerrymander. This week on CounterSpin: Corporate media often indulge in feel-goodism around Independence Day, presuming a shared, uncontested meaning attached to the day’s symbols, when for many the holiday in fact evokes the excoriating words of Frederick Douglass, who asked in 1852: “What to the American … Read moreSteven Rosenfeld on Gerrymander Ruling, Nathan Schneider on Alternative Economic Visions

‘These Revelations Really Show the Election Was Fraudulent’ – CounterSpin interview with Brian Mier on Brazilian election fraud

Janine Jackson interviewed Brian Mier about Brazilian electoral fraud for the June 21, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3 Link Washington Post (12/23/15) Janine Jackson: “In Brazil, a nerdy judge is a superstar,” declared the Washington Post in December of 2015. The glowing profile was … Read more‘These Revelations Really Show the Election Was Fraudulent’ – CounterSpin interview with Brian Mier on Brazilian election fraud