This week on CounterSpin: No directive has been more repeated during the Covid-19 pandemic than “wash your hands”—a simple act, but a powerful intervention to stop the spread of disease. But: What if you can’t? That’s the reality faced by millions of Americans who have their water shut off because they’re not able to pay for it. Along with many other things, Covid-19 has underscored the individual and communal harms of a water affordability crisis in this country that usually remains hidden. We’ll hear about the problem and responses to it from Mary Grant, Public Water for All campaign director at Food & Water Watch.
Also on the show: “GOLDMAN SACHS: Buy These 13 Stocks Poised to Dominate in a Market Where Everyone Is Paralyzed by Fear” …was a real headline I read recently. The cravenness of capitalism is center stage right now. But that doesn’t necessarily translate to critical press coverage of how that worldview shapes legislative response to economic shocks. As media consider the $4.5 trillion corporate bailout that’s part of the coronavirus stimulus package, we’ll consider media’s own track record on asking the right questions. During the bailouts of 2008, we talked with reporter and author David Cay Johnston. We’ll revisit that relevant conversation today.
Plus Janine Jackson takes a quick look at scapegoating China and voting under the coronavirus.Print