Synopses & Reviews
Critics described the first edition of this highly acclaimed book as "fascinating and disturbing," "uplifting" and "infuriating," as well as a "penetrating collection of powerful essays." This highly acclaimed book won the National Press Clubs Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the most extraordinary titles of 2002.
This expanded and updated edition, edited by former CBS and CNN producer Kristina Borjesson, is more timely and relevant than ever. Several new essays have been added, while others have been updated, revealing shocking new developments.
In the lead chapter, CBSs top correspondent, Dan Rather, describes in chilling terms how the pressure to be patriotic compelled him and other journalists to censor themselves.
MSNBCs Ashleigh Banfield speaks frankly about the critical difference between coverage and real journalism and how failing to report all sides of a story has created a very dangerous environment of ignorance.
Former Fox Network producer Charles Reina exposes details of how the news billed as "Fair and Balanced" is also a political tool that is shaped daily via an executive memo distributed electronically to Foxs news staff every morning, addressing what stories will be covered and often suggesting how they should be covered.
A new chapter on Iraq by investigative reporter Charlotte Dennett presents a riveting angle on the subject that no one in the press has dared to examine — until now.
Pulitzer nominee John Kelly writes a troubling update on recent deadly CIA operations carried out as part of the War on Terrorism.
Jane Akres update on the precedent-setting outcome of her legal fight with Fox News over her investigation of Monsantos bovine growth hormone will unsettle, if not anger, journalists and the general public alike.
Kristina Borjessons new introduction examines how issues of censorship have, since the 9/11 tragedy and Into the Buzzsaws initial release, become front-page news on an almost daily basis.
Indeed, many journalists and increasing numbers of the general public view the control, suppression, manipulation, and distortion of information in news to have reached a crisis level — to the point of posing a significant threat to a free American society.
Among the other contributors are: CBSs award winning investigative producer Helen Malmgren; veteran investigative journalist and author of DuPont: Behind the Nylon Curtain Gerard Colby; veteran print journalist and editor David Hendrix; founder and Director Emeritus of Project Censored Carl Jensen; former DEA agent-turned-journalist and best-selling author Michael Levine; author or editor of seven books, including Rich Media, Poor Democracy, Robert McChesney; award-winning CBS documentary producer Maurice Murad; independent investigative reporter and author of the current bestseller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy Greg Palast; New York Daily News investigative reporter J. Robert Port; Emmy Award-winning producer and author Monika Jensen-Stevenson; Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Gary Webb; and New York Observer columnist Philip Weiss.
Here, for the first time in the history of American journalism, almost two dozen award winning print and TV journalists have collaborated to produce this book of devastating essays about the dangerous state of American journalism today. Writing in riveting, often gut wrenching detail about their personal experiences with the "buzzsaw" -- concerted corporate and/or government efforts to kill their controversial stories and their careers -- the contributors reveal the awesome depth and breadth of censorship in America today. Their essays portray a press corps that regularly engages in self-censorship and attacks reporters who come under fire for not doing so. They describe a Fourth Estate that has largely relinquished its watchdog role and that has been co-opted by corporate and government powers. The bigger picture is that of a press actively contributing to the demise of democracy in America.
By virtue of the content of their first-person accounts and the fact that they are of the highest caliber and have virtually centuries of experience among them, the contributors to Into the Buzzsaw have created the equivalent of a nuclear event in American journalism. But they also point out where great reporting still occurs, how to work within the existing system to get out important stories, and how things could be improved.
Anyone who wants to know what's really going on in our nation's corridors of power, or who reads or watches the news on a regular basis, should read this book. One thing is certain: after reading this book, you will never again see or hear the news in the same way.
A collaboration of essays by award winning journalists that examines and demonstrates how suppression, manipulation, and distortion of information in news have reached a crisis level- to the point of posing a significant threat to a free American society. Featuring new chapters by Dan Rather, Ashleig Banfield, Charlotte Dennett, Charles Reina and others.
Writing in riveting detail about their personal experiences with corporate efforts to kill their controversial stories and their careers, nearly two dozen print and TV journalists present devastating essays about the dangerous state of American journalism today.
About the Author
Kristina Borjesson is an Emmy and Murrow Award-winning investigative reporter, who has worked for CBS and CNN.