This week on CounterSpin: The victory of the austerity-rejecting Syriza party in Greece has some corporate media clucking about “financial chaos” in Europe, due to Greece’s unwillingness to “clean up its act.” But could it be that what elite media fear isn’t that Syriza will fail—but that it might succeed? We’ll talk with Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research about the meaning of the Greek elections.
Also on the show: The last-minute cancellation of a House vote on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks was reported as a “stumble” for the new Republican leadership. It’s not the first time women’s right to control their own bodies has been framed as primarily a political football. Besides being shallow and predictable, our guest says such coverage presents real threats to real women’s rights. We’ll talk with Amanda Marcotte about abortion and the new Congress.
–“How Greece Could Change the Future of Europe,” by Mark Weisbrot (Vice, 1/28/15)
–“GOP Women Stopped the 20-Week Abortion Bill. That’s Not Standing Up for Reproductive Rights,” by Amanda Marcotte