This week on CounterSpin: A popular internet meme says, “I have a question about Space Force; when is Flint getting clean water?” But while social media reflect complaints that the Trump administration’s plans to “address space as a developing war-fighting domain,” as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has it, will mean still more resources channeled away from social programs to Warmongering, Inc., that line of questioning has so far had little place in corporate media coverage.
We’ll talk about the prospect of war in space with longtime FAIR associate Karl Grossman, journalism professor at State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, and author of the books Weapons in Space and The Wrong Stuff: The Space Program’s Nuclear Threat to Our Planet, among others.
Also on the show: Space warfare is far from the only issue on which a vastly more multi-sourced and incisive conversation is happening outside establishment media than within it; and that’s a key reason majorities of people say they support net neutrality—the rules that aim to keep the internet more of a commons than another corporate-curated arena. But the federal agency meant to listen to and represent the public is so anti-interested in doing so that they will sabotage their own processes to avoid it. We’ll catch up on this latest outrage, and the bigger net neutrality fight, with Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future.
And Janine Jackson gives a quick update on MSNBC‘s coverage of Yemen.