Janine Jackson

‘The people with the least resources are now shouldering the greatest burden’

Janine Jackson interviewed educator Kevin Kumashiro about student debt forgiveness for the June 28, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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‘It’s an attempt to impose a white nationalist vision of what America is’

Janine Jackson interviewed author Sasha Abramsky about Trump’s new attack on immigrants for the August 23, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Here's how Black communities are already living in a tech dystopia

Janine Jackson interviewed Ruha Benjamin about racism and technology for the August 9, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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How journalism is helping to normalize the concentration camps

Janine Jackson interviewed Arun Gupta on Trump’s concentration camps for the July 12, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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‘The FBI Appears to be engaged in a modern-day version of COINTELPRO’: ACLU Racial Justice Program deputy director

Janine Jackson interviewed Nusrat Choudhury about FBI targeting of black activists for the April 12, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Why won't corporate media call out 'racism' by its real name?

It should go without saying that things we don’t have names for…go without saying. For years, that’s been the deal with corporate media and racism. Actions, policies, statements and ideas that regular people have no trouble identifying as racist become, in elite media hands, “racially tinged,” “racially charged,” “race-related.” And if racism isn’t a thing our famously objective reporters can see, well, maybe it’s not really out there, right?

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Washington Post Refuses to Acknowledge That This White Supremacist Senate Candidate Really Means It

A few things about Virginia Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart:

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‘Our Health Care Crisis Won’t Be Solved Until We Get Private Insurance Out’

Janine Jackson interviewed Margaret Flowers about undermining single-payer healthcare for the March 2, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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

Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Wolff about questioning economic fundamentals for the February 9, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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The FBI Is Once Again Profiling Black Activists Because of Their Beliefs and Their Race

Janine Jackson: Demonstrations continue in St. Louis, Missouri, over the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley of first degree murder charges in the 2011 killing of Anthony Lamar Smith. Very likely some protesters would tell you they are distraught and angry, not just about this case, but about the undeniable fact that US law enforcement rarely pay any penalty for murdering black people, whatever the circumstance. According to an FBI intelligence assessment recently leaked to Foreign Policy, that may make those people "black identity extremists."

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How Republicans Get a 10% Vote Advantage with Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression

CounterSpin's Janine Jackson interviewed AlterNet's Steven Rosenfeld on Republican gerrymandering. Read the interview below. 

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Pundits Will Pay No Price for Being Arrogantly Wrong About Trump

The Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank (10/2/15) said he would eat the page on which his column was printed if Donald Trump gained the Republican nomination. “The entire commentariat is going to feel a little silly when Marco Rubio wins every Republican primary,” tweeted the New York Times‘ Ross Douthat (9/25/15). “Trump Will Still Lose. Here’s How,” said Bloomberg News (1/7/16). “No, Donald Trump Won’t Win,” lectured David Brooks (New York Times12/4/15). And on and on.

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Nike CEO Phil Knight Brags About His ‘Entrepreneurial Edge,’ While His Company's Worker Abuses Are Beyond the Pale

USA Today (4/26/16) featured what the paper promoted as a “rare interview” with Nike founder Phil Knight. He offers his opinion that “international trade agreements benefit both nations, always”—the paper doesn’t correct him when he overstates US GDP growth since NAFTA by more than 300 percent—and his worry that the United States might be losing some of what’s called “the entrepreneurial edge that propelled him and fueled Nike.” Students he meets, Knight laments, seem “more pessimistic.”

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Media Asking Wrong Questions on North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Law’

In the wake of North Carolina’s new law banning transgender people from using restrooms that correspond with their gender identity in publicly run facilities and schools, you will have heard media asking what things like the cancellation of a Bruce Springsteen concert might mean for the state’s economy.

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Polluter Interests Have Been Spending Millions on Disinformation Campaigns

Janine Jackson interviewed David Baron about new pollution rules for the October 2 CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. To listen to the interview, click here.

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Watch: This Is How the Mainstream Media Covered the Brown and Garner Grand Jury Announcements

This week on FAIR TV: Fox News' Ferguson grand jury coverage just got worse and worse; the New York Times article on Eric Garner case implies officer's arm had a mind of its arm; and ABC News excessively 'covers' the new Star Wars trailer from its parent-company Disney.

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Watch: 3 Big Mainstream Media Blunders This Week

This week on FAIR TV: The media misframe the Keystone XL debate, TV journalists have some odd ideas about war and what NPR actually asked Bill Cosby.

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Watch: The Mainstream Media's Big 3 Blunders This Week

On FAIR TV this week: Time attacks public school teachers, a look at a new GOP tactic on climate change denial and campaign coverage that omits the non-voting majority.

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Watch The Mainstream Media's Top 3 Blunders This Week

On FAIR TV this week: The mainstream media continues its ISIS fearmongering. Sunday talk shows think hosting two pro-war pundits is a "healthy debate"  Plus, corporate media tries to un-link fracking and water contamination, despite new study linking them 

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Watch: Mainstream Media's 3 Biggest Blunders This Week

On the show this week: Media reactions to the police shooting of Mike Brown and the protests in Ferguson. Plus a look at the pundits' reaction to Obama's Iraq bombing and the efforts of two papers to cast doubt on the death tolls numbers from Gaza.

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Mainstream Media's 3 Biggest Blunders This Week

On the show this week: The idea that the surge of US troops is what "won" the Iraq War shouldn't be treated as if it's a fact. Plus we look at who NBC tapped for his Iraq/Iran expertise.  And media tried to tell us what we need to know about a powerful Republican lawmaker. They failed.

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Corporate Media's Top 3 Biggest Blunders This Week

Editor's note: Each week, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) takes on the media's biggest blunders. This week on FAIR TV, they look at how TV news uses the word "terrorist." They also take on CNN's non-debate on Hillary Clinton as well as USA Today's labelling of Walmart protesters as "party poopers."

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The Mainstream Media's Top 3 Biggest Blunders This Week

Editor's note: Each week, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) takes on the media's biggest blunders. This week on FAIR TV, they look at how TV news has been upset that China spies on U.S. companies — but they don't mention that the U.S. spies on Chinese companies. They also take on the media's failure to connect the dots on climate change as well as Meet The Press's new series "Meeting America" and how the show keeps meeting the same people. 

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The Mainstream Media's Top 3 Biggest Blunders This Week

Editor's note: Each week, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) takes on the media's biggest blunders. This week on FAIR TV, they look at CNN's climate change "debates." They also take on the media's erasure of the CIA's role in the polio health emergency and ABC's love for all things Disney. 

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Watch: The Mainstream Media's Top 3 Biggest Blunders This Week

Editor's note: Each week,  Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) takes on the media's biggest blunders. This week on FAIR TV, they take a look at how The New York Times printed inaccurate photos concerning Russians in Ukraine — and then failed to correct it. They also take on MSNBC's Meet The Press' assertion that Obama is 'weak' on foreign policy and CNN's complete insensitivity to drone victims.

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Watch: The Mainstream Media Worries Christie's Public Perception Will Change from "Tough-Talking Pragmatist" to "Bully"

Editor's note: Each week,  Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) takes on the media's biggest blunders. This week on FAIR TV, they take a look at how the media conducted image management on Chris Christie's bully stature. They also take on how the international press cover politicians' personal scandals, and Time magazine's early election coverage.

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How the Mainstream Media's Coverage of Mandela Attempted to Rewrite History

Editor's note: Each week, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) takes on the media's biggest blunders. This week on FAIR TV, they take a look at how the media misremembered Nelson Mandela. They also take on a dubious USA Today poll on the White House's nuclear pact with Iran.

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Watch: How The Media Covered Obama's Inauguration (And More) This Week

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) takes on how the media covered Obama's inauguration, the anonymous Iran truth teller and drones.

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Watch: How The Media Covered Bradley Manning's Trial, Taxes and Poverty This Week

The stories that came out due to the information Bradley Manning allegedly leaked have been explosive, front page news. But his trial? Not so much. And Maria Bartiromo told Meet the Press that tax increases on the wealthy are really tax increases for everyone. And why was a Starbucks $450 gift card front page news at USA Today– right underneath a stirring piece about poverty?

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The Corporate Media Is Shamelessly Pretending Racism Died When Obama Got Elected

There were early indications that corporate media coverage of Barack Obama’s candidacy would be squirm-inducing, putting on display the elite (mainly white) press corps’ murky ideas about race much more than any straightforward reckoning of black Americans’ situation or what an Obama presidency might mean for their concerns.

Journalists were sometimes embarrassingly frank about how they interpreted Obama’s blackness and what they hoped his success might mean. “No history of Jim Crow, no history of anger, no history of slavery,” declared NBC’s Chris Matthews (1/21/07). “All the bad stuff in our history ain’t there with this guy.” “For many white Americans, it’s a twofer,” opined the New Republic (2/5/07). “Elect Obama, and you not only dethrone George W. Bush, you dethrone [Al] Sharpton, too.” (See Extra!, 3–4/07.)

Looking to find parallels for the “stuff” they did like, journalists turned to fiction, as when Jonathan Alter (Newsweek, 10/27/08) alleged that voters “decided they liked Obama when he reminded them more of Will Smith than Jesse Jackson,” or when CNN (6/22/08) told viewers that Michelle Obama “wants to appear to be Claire Huxtable and not Angela Davis.”

The fondest hope seemed to be that an Obama victory (if not his strong candidacy alone) would absolve us of any need to talk about racism any more. Newsweek’s Howard Fineman (5/14/08) wrote that, in announcing his run for office, Obama was making a statement: that his candidacy would be the exclamation point at the end of our four-century-long argument over the role of African-Americans in our society. By electing a mixed-race man of evident brilliance, moderate mien and welcoming smile, we would finally cease seeing each other through color-coded eyes.

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