Synopses & Reviews
"[A] compelling indictment of the news media's role in covering up errors and deceptions in American foreign policy of the past quarter century."--Walter LaFeber, The New York Times Book Review
"Herman of Wharton and Chomsky of MIT lucidly document their argument that America's government and its corporate giants exercise control over what we read, see and hear....A disturbing picture emerges of a news system that panders to the interests of America's privileged and neglects its duties when the concerns of minority groups and the underclass are at stake. First serial to the Progressive." Publishers Weekly
"The overstatements and the weakness in the 'propaganda model' that the authors try to construct are unfortunate, because many of the book's raw-data comparisons are compelling indictments of the news media's role in covering up errors and deceptions in American foreign policy of the past quarter-century." Walter LaFeber, The New York Times Book Review
"Manufacturing Consent really is a conspiracy theory....What [they] are right about is that the big-time American press does operate within a fairly narrow range of assumptions, and that it...tends to...reflect what Herman and Chomsky, meaning to be withering, call 'patriotic premises.'" The New Republic
"The chapters do not all work equally well....Overall, though, 'Manufacturing Consent' succeeds both as brilliant set pieces of reportage, and as a devastating indictment of the 'free press.'" The Nation
About the Author
Edward S. Herman is Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Noam Chomsky is Professor, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.