Counterspin, for March 11, 2005 - 3:30pm
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Sure, Million Dollar Baby is just a movie, but given
how rarely the media spotlight ever makes it around to
people with disabilities, the movie is bound to shape
public opinion and understanding. So the questions
provoked by the film would seem to deserve more
thoughtful, and inclusive, journalistic treatment than
theyve thus far received. We'll talk about media
coverage of the controversial Oscar winning film and
its ostensible message with NBC correspondent John
Hockenberry, author also of Moving Violations: War
Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence.
Also on the show: The average US media consumer might think democracy and freedom was flourishing in the Middle East. The latest round of media happy talk about the situation in the Middle East began with reporting on the January 30th Iraq elections, and since then the US media has provided a steady stream of rosy reporting about democracy on the march in Iraq and elsewhere in the region. Independent, un-embedded journalist Dahr Jamail has just returned from Iraq, hell join us with another view.