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Counterspin is FAIR’s weekly radio show, hosted by Janine Jackson, Steve Rendall and Peter Hart. It’s heard on more than 125 noncommercial stations across the United States and Canada. Counterspin provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage.
Combining lively discussion and a thoughtful media critique, Counterspin is unlike any other show on the dial. Counterspin exposes and highlights biased and inaccurate news; censored stories; sexism, racism and homophobia in the news; the power of corporate influence; gaffes and goofs by leading TV pundits; TV news’ narrow political spectrum; attacks on free speech; and more.
Dave Lindorff on Pentagon Fraud December 11, 2018 | 6:30pm
It’s not just hard, but impossible, to find out how much the Pentagon spends and on what. Elite media reception of new research in that arena suggests they’d just as soon keep the whole thing under wraps—while reserving their right to entertain complaints about food stamps, however.
Brian Mier on Brazil’s Election and What Comes Next December 4, 2018 | 6:30pm
Migrants at the southern border seeking asylum from violence fomented by US policy underscore that we really are one world, interrelated. So how are US readers to understand what’s happening in Brazil and its American flag–saluting, rape joke–making, Hitler-admiring president?
Ari Berman on the State of Voting 2018, Jackie Prange on Keystone XL Re-Review November 20, 2018 | 6:30pm
There’s hardly a time more important than elections for media to stop splitting the difference and frankly describe the impact of elections—not just the outcomes, but the processes—on people and their ability to have a say in their circumstances.
Negin Owliaei on Ballot Initiatives, Liz OuYang on 2020 Census November 13, 2018 | 6:30pm
There’s a lot to think about in terms of who “won” in the 2018 midterms, but there’s also a lot to think about in terms of how we locate electoral politics in our efforts to change the world.
Nancy Altman on Social Security Myths October 30, 2018 | 6:30pm
Reporting on Mitch McConnell’s threat to Social Security didn’t include any questioning of media’s own role in laying the groundwork for claims that Social Security is a “controversial” or “troubled” program in need of “addressing.”
Tina Vasquez on Child Separation, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on Protest Suppression October 23, 2018 | 6:30pm
The horror stories are real—about migrant children pulled from their parents at the US/Mexico border, sometimes locked in cages, sometimes given up for adoption while ostensibly waiting to be reunited with families the government had no plan for reuniting them with. But when corporate media tell the story through the White House's cruel prism—even if they criticize it—they're obscuring ideas and actors that are moving things in a more humane direction. We'll talk about why it matters who you talk to with Tina Vasquez, senior …
‘Nobody Should Be Trusted With That Level of Power’ October 16, 2018 | 6:30pm
“They want people thinking, and voting, on the basis of, ‘What’s best for me for easy shopping,’ not, ‘What’s best for me as a worker?'”
Marjorie Cohn on Brett Kavanaugh, Neil DeMause on Amazon October 9, 2018 | 6:30pm
Why are Republicans so set on pushing through a candidate opposed by a coalition of Christian churches, as well as thousands of law professors, as well as anyone concerned with sexual assault? And beyond his “temperament,” what ought we know about Kavanaugh’s record as a judge?
Hannah Hetzer on New War on Drugs, John Conroy & Jamie Kalven on Chicago Police Violence October 2, 2018 | 6:30pm
At a sort of glorified photo op, Trump announced a new plan for the “world drug problem” that reflects a return to inhumane and disproven approaches.