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Media Wars: News at a Time of Terror (Polemics)by Danny Schechter
Synopses & Reviews
Media Wars is a timely assessment of what we are and are not being told in the most important story of our new century.
"As 'News Dissector' on Boston radio, Danny Schechter literally educated a generation..." Noam Chomsky
Book News Annotation:
Frequently incorporating contributions from other journalists and media critics, Schechter (editor of the media watchdog site Mediachannel.org) presents excerpts from his online weblog (or blog), a number of essays, and some analytical studies that together indict the corporate media for failing in its proper mission of providing information necessary to an informed citizenry, especially at a time when the White House is using fear of terrorism to conduct an aggressive militaristic foreign policy. Much of the material focuses on such topics as important stories that have been neglected, the bias of "experts" that get interviewed or cited, and biased use of language by the media itself. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Danny Schechter became known as the "news dissector" in Boston and his television career has included time as an on-air reporting at Boston's WGBH, CNN producer, as well as producer for ABC's 20/20. He is currently the executive producer and co-founder of the television and film production company Globalvision and editor of Mediachannel.org. Schechter resides in New York and his writings have appeared in leading newspapers and magazines including The Boston Globe, Newsday, The Detroit Free Press, The Village Voice, and The Columbia Journalism Review. Media Wars is his fifth book.
Table of Contents
Part one: Warring with the coverage of war — The attack: September 11th, 2001 — The day video cameras were everywhere — Flashback: before 9/11, what was in the US media? — The global news we ignore can be fatal — Weblog: death and civic renewal — A blow to the city — Media weblog: week seven — The "turbanators" and the terrorists: war crimes and media omissions — Media weblog: the week of the skeptics — The role of CNN — Looking for light at a time of darkness — Return to normalcy? — Project methodology — The war on terrorism: the not so new television news landscape — An Indian perspective on media coverage — "Terrorism" is a term that requires consistency: newspaper and its critics both show a double standard on "terror"
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