Winner of the 1999 George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language presented by the National Council of Teachers of English.
Synopses & Reviews
Media critic Norman Solomon has done it again. In this latest collection of columns, he details the most recent excesses and failures of America's self-censoring mainstream media, and brings you the real story on issues like:
* The irony of the Zippergate President preaching abstinence to poor women and putting millions of dollars into "chastity education" programs.
* The V-chip's unexplored potential to zap out commercials.
* The Orwellian logic behind calling bombings by Third World countries "terrorism," while similar bombings by the U.S. are righteous "strikes against terror."
* "Media Scenes We'd Like to See" -- fantasies as appealing as they are unlikely, which include a vision of Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, and Peter Jennings donating their fortunes to a trust fund for independent journalism and vowing to tell the truth even if it gets them fired.
From the relentless pro-corporate spin of daily news to the media's persistent lack of diversity, Solomon covers it all.
"[Solomon] fights the good fight without fear of consequence....The best critics of the press -- the great dissenters -- always did this....Solomon's work is in that passionate tradition, which may not be good for high blood pressure but is absolutely crucial if we ever hope to have a truly free press in this democratic nation." Jonathan Kozol, from the Introduction
"Fortunately, Solomon has a sense of humor that leavens the dreariest news and helps put the daily crap into perspective....I can't think of a better tool to organize alternative media critiques than this latest welcome work of Norman Solomon's." Z Magazine
"Populist excoriation of the US media that amuses but never quite enlightens....These are all important topics, worthy of perusal and consideration, yet here they are mostly reduced to slogans and one-liners. The trouble may lie in the format; a collection of columns is perhaps bound to be superficial. Each piece is no longer than two or three pages, so Solomon can tell us what is wrong but not why....It's not that Solomon doesn't provide us at times with useful information, and he certainly writes with flair and humor -- his pundit bashing of such media figures as George Will is telling and hilarious." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
NORMAN SOLOMON writes the nationally syndicated "Media Beat" column. With Jeff Cohen, he is co-author of three highly successful earlier collections: Adventures in Medialand, Through the Media Looking Glass, and Wizards of Media Oz. His latest book, The Trouble with Dilbert, made headlines and sparked controversy from coast to coast.