This week on CounterSpin: When Donald Trump became president, there were a few who suggested that it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and perhaps infrastructure might be area where Trump’s…qualities…would be put to less-than-nefarious use. Even that halfhearted hope was misplaced, of course, and it should now surprise no one that Trump’s plans—promoted in his State of the Union—have more to do with private riches than with public works. Raul Garcia is senior legislative counsel at Earthjustice; he’ll join us to talk about that.
Also on the show: Independent journalist Robert Parry passed away January 27, aged 68. No doubt many reporters would like to have done the work Parry did: first reporter to reveal Oliver North’s operation in the White House basement, co-author of the first report on Contra drug-smuggling. Far fewer are willing to face the costs that actual independence incurs. A deep believer in journalism, Parry found corporate media uncongenial for truly speaking truth to power, and he left it, and its status and access, to build the independent outlet, Consortium News. CounterSpin spoke with Robert Parry many times; we’re going to hear an especially cogent conversation he had with CounterSpin‘s Steve Rendall in 2007.