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.
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.
How the media mis-reported and distorted the attack on Iraq.
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.
About the Author
Greg Palast is an investigative journalist whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, Salon.com, and numerous other US, British, and international newspapers, magazines, and online publications. He writes the "Inside Corporate America" column for The Observer and is joining BBC-TV's premier news broadcast, Newsnight, as special investigations reporter. He is the winner of the prestigious Financial Times David Thomas Prize, in 1997 and the Industrial Society Investigative Story of the Year, in 1998. He has also been nominated by the UK Press Association as Business Writer of the Year in 1999. In 2000, Salon.com selected his report on the US elections as politics story of the year. He has been the subject of several documentaries, an NPR profile, and an upcoming "60 Minutes" feature.
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
Diplomacy After 9/11
8. Des Freedman - Misreporting war has a long historY
9. Mark Curtis - Psychological warfare against the public: Iraq and
10. David Miller - The Propaganda Machine
11. Philip Knightley - History or bunkum?
12. Stephen Dorril - Spies and lies
13. Andy Rowell - No Blood for oil?
Part 3 Misreporting war
14. Mark Steel - The minute its made up, youll hear about it.
15. Justin Lewis and Rod Brookes - Reporting the war on British television
16. Doug Kellner - 9/11, Spectacles of Terror, and Media Manipulation
17. Norman Solomon - 'Look, I'm An American'
18. Julian Petley - 'Let the Atrocious Images Haunt Us'
19. Ed Herman - Normalising aggression
20. Patricia Holland - Little Ali and other rescued children
21. Granville Williams - Watchdogs or Lapdogs?
22. Abdul Hadi Jiad - The BBC: A personal account
23. David Cromwell & David Edwards - Mass Deception: How The Media Helped
The Government Deceive The People
24. Robert Fisk - Covering the Middle East
25. Tim Llewellyn - Why the BBC ducks the Palestinian story
26. Greg Philo and Maureen Gilmour - Black holes of history
Part 4 Alternatives
27. Faisal Bodi - Al Jazeera's war
28. Tim Gopsill - Target the media
29. Yvonne Ridley - Turning my back on the mainstream
30. David Crouch - Working in and against the system
31. Alistair Alexander - Disruptive Technology: Iraq and the Internet
32. Noam Chomsky - The anti-war movement