This week on CounterSpin: Earlier this year, the New York Times ran a column helpfully headlined “The Simple Reason the Left Won’t Stop Losing,” in which David Leonhardt claimed that “left-wing movements…have often prioritized purity over victory,” and encouraged progressives to “break with orthodoxy.” One way to do that? By “announcing that fracking and nuclear energy are crucial to fighting climate change.” That fits with corporate media’s approach to fracking—which, as Joshua Cho noted for FAIR.org, prioritizes the supposed “risks” to the electoral prospects of Democrats who call for banning it over the prospects for human civilization’s survival. We’ll talk about why fracking is still bad with Mitch Jones, policy director at Food & Water Action and Food & Water Watch.
Also on the show: The fact that no Louisville police officer was even charged with the March 13 murder of Breonna Taylor is only one outrageous aspect of that terrible story that is layered with injustice. Our guest says that our outrage and anger and sorrow for Taylor can be coupled with an understanding of the broader picture of this country’s decades-long “war on drugs” that set the conditions for that night. Matt Sutton is director of media relations at Drug Policy Alliance.
Plus Janine Jackson takes a quick look at coverage of the weaponization of the powers of government.