This week on CounterSpin: As we record, Ha’aretz is saying the death toll is now 19 Palestinians killed by Israeli military, with hundreds more injured, on March 30, during a protest near the fence along border between Israel and the occupied region of Gaza. Israeli media offer a more complicated understanding of events than US media, who seem to suggest that there’s an “Israeli” position and a “Palestinian” position, but no actual reality worth trying to discern. We’ll talk about the Gaza protests with Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and author of, among other titles, Understanding the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict.
Also on the show: The term “Orwellian” may be overused. But if the spectacle of dozens of local TV anchors being required to recite a script provided by their corporate owner that declares that “fake news” is dangerous to democracy doesn’t meet the criterion, nothing does. A viral video brought home the creepiness, but it only begins to tell the story of Sinclair Broadcast Group. We’ll hear more from Pam Vogel, research fellow at the group Media Matters.
Plus Janine Jackson takes a quick look at “Russian bot” hysteria.