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More than 200 Iraqi civilians killed by a US airstrike in Mosul. But while media express concern, the idea that the deaths were a lamentable part of a nevertheless valiant effort to liberate the city from terrorists' grip is not being questioned.
The Washington Post published 30 articles, op-eds, blog posts and editorials on Neil Gorsuch in the 48 hours after his nomination—not a single one overtly critical or in opposition.
Team Trump says that programs that support affordable housing for families, the elderly, and people with disabilities haven't "justified their existence." How do we fight back with a different vision of housing and community?
What do Trump-backed changes in healthcare mean for the millions of people with disabilities and senior citizens who rely on Medicare and Medicaid?
Donald Trump says the press corps are the "enemy of the people." The press corps, in turn, say Donald Trump is "presidential." Where the people find themselves in this dance is unclear.
Resisting the viewing of immigration policy through a lens of criminality will be key in moving toward a humane vision of immigration.
What's ahead for the public interest under Ajit Pai, Trump's choice for chair of the FCC? CounterSpin talks with Jessica Gonzalez, deputy director and senior counsel at the group Free Press.
Now that Betsy DeVos is confirmed as Education secretary, media need to disrupt the set of myths that carried her through, despite an evident lack of experience or expertise: Myths to do with "school choice" and "accountability," which corporate media rarely interrogate thoroughly, or contrast with different visions of education.
Some media accounts are describing the first raid on Trump's watch as "botched," but that's not the same as questioning it, much less putting it in a broader context of what's happening in Yemen and what the US is doing there.
Every day of the Trump administration brings new reasons to protest. But the mass arrest of hundreds of people protesting the inauguration, along with legal observers and journalists, tells us that the right to speak up still needs protection.
Media's traditional misremembering of Martin Luther King distorts his ideas and priorities, and rewrites the press's own role in history; it also projects a distorted vision of what protest means and how social change happens—a clear view of which is much in demand right now.
The question for the press corps is whether they will keep both feet in reality, or allow the perceived requirement to "include" the Trump camp's spin "redefine" previous understandings beyond recognition
Pretending that fearmongering and watchlists and looking the other way are all newly minted will not serve us. In fact, we can look to history to help us understand what's happening, and what we can do to resist it.
This year's "Best Of" includes Heidi Beirich on white supremacy, Chris Savage on Flint's toxic water, Alvaro Bedoya on discriminatory policing, Brendan DeMelle on Exxon's climate secrets, Josmar Trujillo on militarized "gang" raids, Shahid Buttar on civilian copwatching, Joe Macare on Brexit, Phyllis Bennis on Trump and the world, and Kelly Hayes on Dakota Access.
A Trump presidency requires vigilance on many fronts, but the human rights of half the population should be high on the list. But for corporate media, abortion access is primarily a "hot topic"—rather than a material fact of life for women and families.
A strong contender for most worrisome Trump appointment is making Rex Tillerson, longtime CEO of Exxon Mobil, secretary of State. Plus: Donald Trump looks ready to restart a retrograde, punitive War on Drugs that the country looked to be beginning to shrug off.
What if instead of getting lost in Trump's machinations, media looked at what deals like the one that actually happened with Carrier actually wind up meaning for workers and local economies?
While it's implied that our only choice is between hagiography and hatred, there is actual history that provides context for understanding the role in world events of Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution, which involved other people besides him.
Social justice advocates are getting together to share strategies for protecting vulnerable communities and resisting the predations on our civil rights.
Donald Trump spent his entire campaign demonizing immigrants as dangerous, job-stealing criminals. While denouncing that, media sometimes dismissed it as mainly campaign rhetoric. Will they take the story seriously enough as a Trump administration tries to turn those ideas into policy?
Comments (8)

Peter Uttal


Jan 27th

Matthew Zimmerman

Counterspin = yet another "news" program that takes a political position. Man, it is almost impossible to find actual news anymore. These people just can't seem to refrain from presenting their opinion.

Oct 6th
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Top Clean

Excellent Outstanding Episode better than any corporate / money media. Truly a 5 stars Podcast 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 We need more of this journalism, especially more in depth local media. And more importantly a focus on the Climate Disruption / Changes. How all the fires around the globe release more Co2 and removing the trees that gives us clean air to breathe. Or how about the Sea levels affecting the Coasts and Islands erosion, forcing people to move in land etc.. ... ... ... ... ... ...

Sep 27th

Lee Vangsness

it's a herbicide not a pesticide

Apr 4th
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Peter Uttal

what is going on with the sound this week? The guests sound like they're talking into a voice-activated microphone. All the pauses are deleted, and the result is almost unintelligible. please fix it and cast it again. thank you.

Feb 4th
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