Dahr Jamail on Climate Disruption, Richard Phillips on Trump’s Taxes

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Double typhoon in the Pacific, 2009 (photo: NASA)This week on CounterSpin: From vanishing ice to animal die-offs to increasing wildfires, scientists use words like “unprecedented” and “staggering” to describe the evident impacts of human-driven climate disruption. Elite media say they take it all very seriously…. How far are they from taking it seriously enough?

Dahr Jamail is a staff reporter at Truthout and author of a number of books, including Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq  and the forthcoming The End of Ice.

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Donald Trump (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

(cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

Also on the show: That Donald Trump has found a way to avoid paying federal income tax—and that he and his followers think that’s “genius”—is the opposite of surprising. But what of the response from some in the press that the culprit is a tax code that’s “too complicated”? We’ll get some clarity from Richard Phillips, senior policy analyst with Citizens for Tax Justice.

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First, we take a look back at recent press, including the hurricane in Haiti, the Polish abortion vote and the New York Times declaring Edward Snowden guilty.

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This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission from FAIR.