Linguistic Contortions in Gaza

News outlets have performed torturous linguistic contortions to avoid stating the simple fact that Israel is shooting hundreds of demonstrators with live ammunition, killing 30 and injuring close to 2,000. An Associated Press headline (4/6/18) said, “Palestinian Protesters Burn Tires, Sending Smoke Billowing at Gaza/Israel Border; Israeli Troops Fire Back Sporadically.” That’s a logical impossibility: […]

‘There’s an Alternative to the Hierarchical, Top-Down Capitalist Corporation

Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Wolff about the racial wealth divide for the August 10 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “CounterSpin Richard Wolff Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE4MDgxMFdvbGZmLm1wMw==”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl: “” } ]; MP3jPLAYERS[0] = { list:MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0, […]

‘There is a Strong Reason for All Americans to Feel more Economically Insecure than they Did Before the Great Recession’

Janine Jackson interviewed Dedrick Asante-Muhammad about the racial wealth divide for the August 10 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “CounterSpinDedrick Asante-Muhammad Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE4MDgxME11aGFtbWFkLm1wMw==”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl: “” } ]; MP3jPLAYERS[0] = { list:MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0, tr:0, […]

‘The Vast Majority of Tipped Workers in America Suffer from Three Times the Poverty Rate of the Rest of the US Workforce’

Janine Jackson interviewed Saru Jayaraman about tipped worker rights for the August 10 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “CounterSpin Saru Jayaraman Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE4MDgxMEpheWFyYW1hbi5tcDM=”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl: “” } ]; MP3jPLAYERS[0] = { list:MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0, tr:0, […]

Laundering a Massacre By Labeling It a ‘Clash’

As FAIR has noted before (e.g., Extra!, 1/17; FAIR.org, 4/2/18), the term “clash” is almost always used to launder power asymmetry and give the reader the impression of two equal warring sides. It obscures power dynamics and the nature of the conflict itself, e.g., who instigated it and what weapons if any were used. “Clash” […]

‘A Newspaper Closure Does Indeed Lead to Higher Costs for Local Governments’

Janine Jackson interviewed Dermont Murphy on Local News Cuts for the August 3, 2018 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “1. CounterSpin Dermot Murphy Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE4MDgwM011cnBoeS5tcDM=”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl: “” } ]; MP3jPLAYERS[0] = { […]

The Deficit That Will Eat the Budget and Other Ever-Popular Scare Stories

Will interest payments take up the entire federal budget? A Wall Street Journal column by Greg Ip (3/28/18) gave us another rendition of this old scare story. The argument is that the interest paid on US government debt will soon impose an enormous burden on the federal government, choking off spending on important government programs. […]

‘There Needs to be a Much Stronger Public Outcry Against the Effort of Undermining the Nuclear Deal’

Janine Jackson interviewed Trita Parsi about the Iran Nuclear Deal for the August 3, 2018 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Play Stop pop out X MP3jPLAYLISTS.MI_0 = [ { name: “1. CounterSpin Trita Parsi Interview “, formats: [“mp3”], mp3: “aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWlyLm9yZy9hdWRpby9jb3VudGVyc3Bpbi9Db3VudGVyU3BpbjE4MDgwM1BhcnNpLm1wMw==”, counterpart:””, artist: “”, image: “true”, imgurl: “” } ]; MP3jPLAYERS[0] = […]

Trita Parsi on Trump’s Iran Threat, Dermot Murphy on Local News Cuts

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Media Econ 101

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