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Product Details

  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745324827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745324821
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,839,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Regular critical analysis of the media, filling crucial gaps and correcting the distortions of ideological prisms, has never been more important. Media Lens has performed a major public service by carrying out this task with energy, insight, and care. -- Noam Chomsky I really cannot do justice to this superb, devastating book ... It is not merely excellent, it is outstanding. Buy it. Read it. Use it. -- Morning Star Online Bias can enter the news gathering system at many junctions. Edwards and Cromwell rightly point to the capitalist structures of the corporations that now own the satellites and instruct and direct the crews to various locations which interest them as corporations, and also as competitors, where being first to break the news or , say, report an exclusive story, really matters to them. The development of Media Lens may permit it soon to have the power to act as an alternative source and a correcting influence on the gross distortions in the news we receive at present. -- Henry McCubbin, The Spokesman

About the Author

David Edwards is co-founder/co-editor of Media Lens (www.medialens.org) for which he works full-time. He is author of Free to be Human (1995), The Compassionate Revolution (1998) and co-author of Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media (Pluto, 2006).

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Anthony R. Dimaggio on June 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book parallels very closely in terms of its ideology other classic works of media criticism on corporations and corporate media, such as The Corporation (Joel Bakan) and Manufacturing Consent (Chomsky and Herman). But whereas Chomsky's work focused on American media, this work looks at the ways in which the "liberal" media in Britain works to reinforce corporate prestige, power, and government propaganda.

The book looks at a plethora of issues, such as media coverage of the Kyoto Protocol, the Kosovo bombing, Iraqi sanctions and the 2003 invasion, among other issues.

Overall, this book is quite good, as it follows in the radical tradition of other works which point to corporate media ownership as the primary impediment to balanced reporting and critical, investigative journalism of the kind expected from media institutions.

The authors spend much of the work reprinting correspondence between them and prominent media personalities and editors at the BBC, Guardian, and Independent, among other news organizations. In this endeavor, they are quite effective in highlighting the tremendous degree of self-preservation and one-sidedness that is apparent within the mindsets of corporate news editors and reporters.

My only criticism is that, being an American citizen, I'm most intrested in reading on the way in which American media propaganda has been used to present americans with one-sided, narrowly ideological, pro-war reporting in the war on terror. while this description is clearly also applicable to british media, it seems most relevant when looking at institutions at the heart of the empire - papers like the new york times, washington post, etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lost Johnny on October 6, 2008
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This book derives from the Media Lens web site's media alerts. The authors apply the Chomsky Herman propaganda model to the UK press. You will never look at the BBC or read the Independent in the same way again after reading this book. It's fun reading the responses of journalists who have rarely been challenged in the past. Some are open minded but others make utter fools of themselves, like a certain writer who has recently become the editor of a well known 'liberal' paper, who quickly becomes abusive and offensive.

Thoroughly recommended to anyone who is interested in seeing media bias. Those who read Chomsky will find an indispensable work.
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0 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Francisca on March 9, 2011
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I bought this book as a present for my husband as he often talks about how disgusting it is that the media has been taken over by big corporations and how you can't believe anything they tell you! He hasn't had the time to read it yet so I read it myself but.... I wasn't impressed, sorry! I found it boring and the chapter about Climate Change horrified me! They believe in it..... I think that the authors haven't understood yet all the lies have been fueled by the alternative energy industry who gains huge sums with all this nonsense. Instead they focus on the mantra of the fossil fuel industry! I was expecting them to be fighting against all the lies we are fed with but instead I got much the same we get from the papers and the news on TV every evening! Already that put me off this book and from checking the Media Lens website! I am the type of person who cares about the truth and I do comment a lot in the papers but I care about what I truly believe in!

I will be looking for other books on the subject as it really interests me and I am curious as to what my husband will think of it as he his opinions are a lot softer than mine, I am much more of a rebel!
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