Guardians of Power

Guardians of Power : The Myth of the Liberal Media

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Guardians of Power is a thought-provoking and controversial challenge to the idea that western media is unbiased, fearless and open to different ideas. This book argues that a corporate media system be never be expected to tell the truth about a world dominated by corporations. It challenges the complacent view that newspapers, including the 'liberal' Guardian and the Independent, tell the truth about climate change, war and problems in society when they are profit-oriented businesses dependent on advertisers for 75% of their revenues.Guardians of Power is a radical intervention which will spark debate amongst media students and journalists, and all those who believe in the values of a free and independent media.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 134.6 x 218.4 x 22.9mm | 476.28g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745324835
  • 9780745324838

About David Edwards

David Edwards is author of Free To Be Human (Green Books, 1995, published in the United States as Burning All Illusions, South End Press, 1996) and The Compassionate Revolution (Green Books, 1998). He is a regular columnist for New Statesman magazine. David Cromwell is author of Private Planet (Jon Carpenter Publishing, 2001). He is a researcher in ocean circulation and climate at Southampton Oceanography Centre. He is a regular columnist for New Statesman magazine.
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Table of contents


Foreword by John Pilger

1 The Mass Media - Neutral, Honest, Psychopathic

2 Iraq - The Sanctions of Mass Destruction

3 Iraq Disarmed - Burying the 1991-98 Weapons Inspections

4 Iraq - Gunning For War And Burying The Dead

5 Afghanistan - Let Them Eat Grass

6 Kosovo - Real Bombs, Fictional Genocide

7 East Timor - The Practical Limits Of Crusading Humanitarianism

8 Haiti - The Hidden Logic Of Exploitation

9 Idolatry Ink - Reagan, The `Cheerful Conservative' And `Chubby Bubba' Clinton

10 Climate Change - The Ultimate Media Betrayal

11 Disciplined Media - Professional Conformity To Power

12 Towards A Compassionate Media

13 Full Human Dissent


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'The development of Media Lens may permit it soon to have the power to act as an alternative source and a correcting influence on the gross distortions in the news we receive at present' -- Henry McCubbin, The Spokesman 'I really cannot do justice to this superb, devastating book ...

It is not merely excellent, it is outstanding. Buy it. Read it. Use it.' -- Morning Star Online 'Regular critical analysis of the media, filling crucial gaps and correcting the distortions of ideological prisms, has never been more important. Media Lens has performed a major public service by carrying out this task with energy, insight, and care' -- Noam Chomsky
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