Sunday, June 26, 2011

CounterSpin radio show: Battle for Brooklyn filmmakers talk about the media (including me)

Counterspin
Susan Saladoff on Hot Coffee, Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky on Battle for Brooklyn

CounterSpin (6/24/11-6/30/11)

This week on CounterSpin we're talking about two new films which, while journalism is not their central subject, directly engage news media's influence and real world impact as a critical part of the stories they tell....

Also on the show: Battle for Brooklyn tracks the takeover of a New York neighborhood by a real estate developer and the efforts to resist it by community members, one man in particular who becomes the last person in his building not to take a buyout. The same events and players appeared in the corporate press too, and viewers can see the difference when voices that usually appear in the last paragraph are given central place. We spoke with Battle for Brooklyn filmmakers Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky.
I'll note that the radio show (the interview starts at 12:48; also see links to audio at DDDB and NLG) begins with the host noting that "a man" at the end of the film comments that, had the media done their job, this would have been a fair fight.

That "man" is me. Later in the interview, Galinsky names me and points to my role, and the lingering, under-covered EB-5 story.

The entire interview is worth a listen. And the film is still playing.

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