The habits of highly deceptive media: decoding spin and lies in mainstream news

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Common Courage Press, 1999 - Business & Economics - 294 pages
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Media critic Norman Solomon has done it again. In this latest collection of columns, he details the most recent excesses and failures of America's self-censoring mainstream media, and brings you the real story on issues like:

- The irony of the Zippergate President preaching abstinence to poor women and putting millions of dollars into "chastity education" programs -- and the even greater irony of the media ignoring this aspect of the Clinton scandals;

- The V-chip's unexplored potential to zap out commercials;

- How the U.S. government's self-righteous criticisms of Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests got plenty of uncritical reporting, while the media forgot to mention that the U.S. spends $4 billion a year to develop its own nuclear weapons;

- The stark contrast between coverage of Wall Street and coverage of Main Street;

- "Media Scenes We'd Like to See" -- fantasies as appealing as they are unlikely, which include a vision of Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings donating their fortun to a trust fund for independent journalism and vowing to tell the truth even it gets them fired.

From the relentless pro-corporate spin of daily news to the media's persistent lack of diversity, Solomon covers it all. New readers as well as old fans will welcome this invaluable book from a journalist who knows exactly how the media works -- and how to work it, appearing on TV and radio across the country to get the word out and challenge the status quo.

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Contents

Introduction by Jonathan Kozol
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Where the Media Momentum Is Headed
7
And Now Were in Media Jeopardy
15
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Norman Solomon is a freelance writer and journalist, and a regular contributor to the Jewish Chronicle. He is a Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought at the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. His previous publications include Judaism and World Religion and he contributed to The Oxford Companion
to the Jewish Religion.

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