Malkia Cyril on Ferguson, Jeff Cohen on James Risen

This week on CounterSpin: The New York Times‘ David Carr says “nothing much good was happening in Ferguson until it became a hashtag.” It’s naïve to think that media attention to the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown is enough to address the crisis it represents, but Carr’s not wrong that it was the Internet and not corporate media that put the story on the front burner. We’ll talk about Ferguson and media with Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice.

Also on the show: Will New York Times reporter James Risen go to jail for refusing to testify against a source? Risen’s case is seen by many as a clear-cut example of how the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers is also a war on journalists and journalism. We’ll talk to FAIR founder Jeff Cohen, director of the Park Center for Independent Media, about the state of the case and the activist pushback.



-“Thank You, Black Internet, for Bringing #Ferguson to Me,” by Malkia Cyril (Huffington Post, 8/15/14)



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