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Mass Media, Mass Propaganda : Understanding the News in the War on Terror

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This work examines how the mainstream American media reacts to pro-war and anti-war themes throughout the 'War on Terror' in regards to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Using a political economy approach, the author addresses the ways in which corporations that own media reinforce official doctrines and propaganda by contrasting the content of American media to that of other global media.show more

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  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739119036
  • 9780739119037
  • 757,227

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Lucidly written and broadly researched, DiMaggio's book is an excellent expose of how mainstream media use conceptual evasion and informational manipulation to serve the empire. -- Michael Parenti, author of The Face of Imperialism and God and His Demons Mass Media, Mass Propaganda is a superb contribution to the literature on media coverage of the current war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Anthony DiMaggio's thorough analysis is unparalleled in any other work I have seen. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the media. The author's plea for a democratic media is well placed after a thorough analysis of how the media in this country has failed in its responsibilities toward its consumers. -- Jamal R. Nassar, California State University, San Bernardino DiMaggio's Mass Media, Mass Propaganda is a much needed text documenting the increasing evidence that corporate media is fully embedded with the Global Dominance Group of the US military industrial complex. His message is a significant addition to the overwhelming evidence for corporate media's complicity in war and its full service as a propaganda machine for the powerful. -- Peter Phillips, director of Project Censored, Sonoma State University For political journalists, journalism faculty and students, and common readers who believe the news media should present a more diverse spectrum of views about the defining political issues of our era, Mass Media, Mass Propaganda is a must-read book. It is an abundantly researched yet bound to be controversial study. DiMaggio writes in a style addressing both general readers and academic scholars. The book is animated by passionate advocacy of alternative media and of general media reform. Mass Media, Mass Propaganda delivers a courageous critical analysis of the practice of news today and its impact on democratic public opinion. DiMaggio's careful development of journalistic evidence builds a strong case. -- Jeanette McVicker, SUNY Fredonia H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online If history ever judges the folly of our times, it will not pass lightly over the complicity of our media in our disasterous Wars of Error so carefully detailed and documented with adroit scholarship by Anthony DiMaggio. His book will drive many journalists to hang our heads in shame and seek atonement through more thoughtful and critical work. This is a brave and important book by one conscience of academe. It could be cited on the tombstone of irresponsible corporate media. -- Danny Schechter, news dissector; executive editor of MediaChannel.org; director of WMD: Weapons of Mass Deceptionshow more

About Anthony R. Dimaggio

Anthony DiMaggio is assistant professor of politics and government at Illinois State University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Introduction: Understanding the News in the "War on Terror" Chapter 3 1 Public Trust, Media, and the "War on Terror" Chapter 4 2 All the News that's Fit to Omit: A Background to Pro-War Media Chapter 5 3 Weapons of Mass Diversion Chapter 6 4 The Media's War Chapter 7 5 Railing Iraqi Resistance: "Insurgency," Militias, and the Unfolding Civil War Chapter 8 6 Free Speech Fatalities Chapter 9 7 A World of Orwellian Doublethink Chapter 10 8 Doctrines of Media and State: Hailing Humanitarianism, Dismissing Disaster Chapter 11 9 Catapult the Media Chapter 12 10 Afghanistan and 9/11: The "War on Terror" Declared Chapter 13 11 A Game Plan for Infinite War? Chapter 14 Conclusion: A Movement for Progressive Media Reform Chapter 15 Bibliography Chapter 16 Index Chapter 17 About the Authorshow more

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