This week on CounterSpin: It hasn’t been probing media coverage that’s roughened the road for the corporate power grab known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, now stalled in Congress despite Barack Obama’s personal appeals. How is it that a deal that mega-corporations want, and most political elites wouldn’t dream of challenging, hasn’t shot through like a greased pig? We’ll talk about public interest activism — the missing piece in much top-down media coverage — with Kevin Zeese of the group Popular Resistance, part of the Stop Fast Track coalition.
Also on the show: Beltway paper The Hill captured it in a headline, “EPA Gives Republicans New Ammo in Fight Against Fracking Regs.” And to many, that’s just what the agency did with a new study that, to hear media tell it, found that fracking doesn’t pose any widespread harm to drinking water. Is that really what the science said? We’ll hear that story of spin and more spin from Wenonah Hauter of Food and Water Watch.
And, as usual, Janine Jackson takes a look back at the week’s press.