This week on CounterSpin: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress about what the New York Times called the “Iranian nuclear threat” was controversial before it happened, because Republicans arranged it without White House sanction. But are media asking the fundamental questions about what Netanyahu actually said? We’ll talk to reporter Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept about that.
Also on the show: After Cleveland police officers killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice on a playground last November, they told a series of lies: that Rice grabbed an air pistol and put it in his waistband as they arrived, that they ordered him to put his hands up three times and he refused, that he pulled out the pistol before they shot him. But we only know these are lies because someone videotaped the incident. Is it any wonder, then, that the right of citizens to film police is resisted vehemently by some in law enforcement, and embraced vehemently by those concerned about police abuses? We’ll talk about that with Carlos Miller, founder and publisher of the project Photography Is Not A Crime.
–“Benjamin Netanyahu’s Long History of Crying Wolf About Iran’s Nuclear Weapons,” by Murtaza Hussain (Intercept, 3/2/15)