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Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraqby David Miller
Synopses & Reviews
Did the US and UK governments lie about weapons of mass destruction to promote an attack on Iraq?
Did the media hold them to account or act as cheerleaders for war?
Tell me Lies reveals the systematic propaganda used by both the US and UK governments to convince us of the 'threat' from Iraq. It shows how we were deliberately misled into a war that has resulted in a humanitarian disaster in Iraq and threatens to create further instability and resentment of the US and UK throughout the Middle East.
Written by some of the world's leading journalists and commentators, it's a scathing indictment of the role of the mainstream media in legitimising government actions and undermining dissent. Critics, activists and journalists from both sides of the Atlantic explore alternatives such as the internet and Al Jazeera and provide analysis and guidance on resisting the media war.
Contributors include John Pilger, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Edward Herman, Mark Thomas, Mark Steel, Phillip Knightley, Tim Llewelyn (BBC Middle East Correspondent), Abdul Hadi Jiad (Iraqi journalist sacked by the BBC before the war), David Cromwell and David Edwards (Media Lens), Mark Curtis, John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton (PR Watch, and co-authors of Weapons of Mass Deception and Toxic Sludge is Good For You), Pat Holland, Norman Solomon (columnist and director of the Institute for Public Accuracy), Nancy Snow (California State University, Fullerton, author of Propaganda Inc. and Information War), Doug Kellner (UCLA), Julian Petley, Yvonne Ridley (Aljazeera.net and author of In the Hands of the Taliban), Tim Gopsill (Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom), Faisal Bodi (UK Guardian, Aljazeera.net), Alistair Alexander (Stop the War Coalition), Greg Philo (Glasgow University Media Group), Steve Dorrill, Andy Rowell, Granville Williams and cartoonists Steve Bell, Steve Caplin and Polyp.
Book News Annotation:
Once again war flickers across our television screens and our consciousness. Men crouch, running, holding large black guns; child amputees scream; women mourn their dead in languages we cannot understand. We watch, but remarkably few of us ask basic questions: who stood in the vertical hail of bullets, who stood in the children's ward, who stood in the street funeral and took these pictures, and why were they sent there? Author and media researcher Miller and his contributors seek an answer in 32 essays and interviews about how we get these images, why they appear to us and when, and if any of them are the unvarnished truth. The authors explore the complex relationships among US and UK politicos and the mass media, the choices members of the media are compelled to make, and the alternatives available to ordinary people like us, who watch. Distributed in the US by the U. of Michigan Press.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A critique of government propaganda and media distortion on the attack on Iraq, this book aims to destroy the idea that the media has anything to do with objectivity and balance. It draws on the experience of anti-war and media activists to provide guidance on how to resist the media war.
Chomsky, Pilger, Fisk, Mark Thomas, Mark Steel, Edward Herman, Mark Curtis and others cut through the propaganda of the media's coverage of Iraq.
'Courageous reporting - read this book!' Michael Moore_x000B_Original hardback edition of this New York Times bestseller.
How the media mis-reported and distorted the attack on Iraq.
About the Author
David Miller is a reader at the Stirling Media Research Institute. His research interests include political communication, the media and violence, media effects and influences and science, risk and the media. He is author of Don't Mention the War: Northern Ireland, Propaganda and the Media (Pluto, 1994), The Circuit of Mass Communication: Media Strategies, Representation and Audience Reception in the AIDS Crisis (Sage, 1998 ), Market Killing: What Capitalism Does and What Social Scientists Can do about it (Longman, 2000, with Greg Philo)
Table of Contents
Foreword Mark Thomas
Introduction David Miller
Part 1 The Media War
1. John Pilger A great betrayal
2. John Pilger The lies of old
3. John Pilger The case for civil disobedience
4. John Pilger Crime against humanity
5. John Pilger The unthinkable is becoming normal
Part 2 Propaganda Wars
6. Laura Miller, John Stauber
and Sheldon Rampton War is sell
7. Nancy Snow Brainscrubbing: The Failures of U.S. Public
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