"...a provocative, well-researched book...gives an apt overview of many of the problems facing modern society." -- Oakland Press/Pontiac, MI, Jan. 4, 2004
"...offers hundreds of examples of deceptive practices in journalism, advertising, political activism, public relations, and charity appeals." -- The Futurist, January-February 2004
"Many editors and TV news directors will find it uncomfortably close to the truth
it is unsparing in its criticism." -- Sacramento Bee, December 2003
"Should be required reading
peels away myths and provides the facts. Should be on every library shelf. Essential." -- Current Review for Academic Libraries April 2004
From the Inside Flap
As the lines between advertising, news, and entertainment blur, the ideal of an informed citizenry becomes harder and harder to achieve. We, the American public, aren't sure what to believe, or where to put our money and trust. We know we're being manipulated, misled, and outright lied to by those who seek our support. Whether it comes from advertisers, activists, or the government, the manipulation is constant and pervasive.
Those who are supposed to help us understand the world and the problems we face frequently fail us. Journalists and the news media offer entertainment and sensationalism instead of significant information. Politicians and lawmakers who guide the country are little better; instead of real solutions, we are offereed merely the illusion of progress.
This hard-hitting critique of our media culture examines not only the ways in which we are deceived, but the media's role in propagating these deceptions. But MEDIA MYTHMAKERS goes beyond criticism to give concrete examples of the damage caused by manipulation of the news. From missing children to the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, from efforts to end slavery in other countries to AIDS education, myths and deception in the media threaten us all. While the public is being misled, real problems go unaddressed and resources are wasted on misguided ideas.
In an increasingly complex world, where accurate and unbiased information is more important than ever, MEDIA MYTHMAKERS provides a timely and much-needed analysis.