War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 9, 2010 - Political Science - 320 pages
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War Made Easy cuts through the dense web of spin to probe and scrutinize the key "perception management" techniques that have played huge roles in the promotion of American wars in recent decades. This guide to disinformation analyzes American military adventures past and present to reveal striking similarities in the efforts of various administrations to justify, and retain, public support for war. War Made Easy is essential reading. It documents a long series of deliberate misdeeds at the highest levels of power and lays out important guidelines to help readers distinguish a propaganda campaign from actual news reporting. With War Made Easy, every reader can become a savvy media critic and, perhaps, help the nation avoid costly and unnecessary wars.
 

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Media critic Solomon (Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You ) looks at the pro-war propaganda generated by the U.S. government during military interventions, emphasizing the influence of ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page Copyright Page Prologue
America Is a Fair and Noble Superpower
Our Leaders Will Do Everything They Can to Avoid War pter 3 Our Leaders Would Never Tell Us Outright Lies
This Guy Is a ModernDay Hitler
This Is about Human Rights
This Is Not at All about Oil or Corporate Profits
They Are the Aggressors Not
If This War Is Wrong Congress Will Stop
Media Coverage Brings War into Our Living Rooms pter 11 Opposing the War Means Siding with the Enemy
This Is a Necessary Battle in the War on Terrorism
What the US Government Needs Most Is Better PR pter 14 The Pentagon Fights Wars as Humanely as Possible
Our Soldiers Are Heroes Theirs Are Inhuman Chapter 16 America Needs the Resolve to Kick the Vietnam Syndrome
Withdrawal Would Cripple U S Credibility
Aftervvord Notes Acknowledgments
Index
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If This War Is Wrong the Media Will Tell

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NORMAN SOLOMON is a nationally syndicated columnist and the Executive Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. He has appeared on many television and radio news programs and is the coauthor of Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You.

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