This week on CounterSpin: It is hard to say precisely how a press corps should report on a president’s all-caps threat to another country’s president about their “DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH”—there are a lot of ways to go. But in addressing Donald Trump’s virulent threats to the president of Iran, media have, minimally, the responsibility to separate accusation from reality, and then, one would hope, to talk openly about how to resist the degeneration of diplomacy, and the rise of almost hysterically bellicose language that seems like greasing the tracks toward war. We’ll talk about the current state of US/Iran relations with Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council.
Also on the show: Local newspapers have been facing death by a thousand cuts for decades now. Each time another venerable daily shuts it doors or, as in the case of the New York Daily News, fires half its editorial staff after a one-minute meeting, there is a spate of stories wondering what the loss means—and often leaving the impression that it’s a matter of feeling: Did you like the paper? Do you feel guilty because you stopped buying it? New research takes a very hard-headed look at some of the costs involved when a community loses a local paper. Dermot Murphy is assistant professor of finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He’ll join us to talk about the paper, Financing Dies in Darkness?
Plus Janine Jackson takes a quick look at recent coverage of a Medicare for All study.