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The last decade has seen a blossoming of Internet and cable television news sources—and, say many critics, a deterioration in the quality of reporting. The problem, according to Cohen and his left-leaning colleagues, is the ever-increasing concentration of media outlets owned by only a "handful" of massive corporations. In 1983, for example, a seasoned media insider estimated that 50 companies controlled 90% of America's news diet; by 2000, that number had plummeted to six. While Republicans and Democrats both take issue with what they consider a bias in news coverage, the core of this book's argument is that the system is too top-heavy, and that the corporations that own the news organizations wield too much control. For example, there's the case in which a Fox TV executive defends the spiking of an exposé on agricultural product provider Monsanto with the assertion that "we paid $3 billion for these stations; we'll decide what the news is." The contributors to this fine and serious-minded volume (which include MSNBC columnist Eric Alterman, Mother Jones publisher Jay Harris and former FCC chair Reed F. Hundt) exhaustively diagnose the problem of corporate-owned media from a variety of angles and, to their credit, don't hold back on addressing the obvious dilemma: what to do about it? (They suggest everything from disseminating news through Web logs to writing congresspersons to put pressure on the FCC.) Photos.
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"An important, relevant and often riveting look at the news...and what we can do about it!" -- Robert Greenwald, Producer/Director, Outfoxed: Ruppert Murdock’s War on Journalism, and Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the War in Iraq

"News Incorporated is a varied, vigorous, and significant collection of essays about the most important trend in today's media…" -- James Fallows, National Correspondent, Atlantic Monthly, and author of Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy

"Read this book ...you're inoculated against the epidemic of stupidity, cupidity and propaganda sludge that vomits from...the American press." -- Greg Palast, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Expanded Election Edition and Joker's Wild: Dubya's House of Cards

"This book is an indispensable reference for anyone wishing to understand why the mass media fails to serve our democracy." -- Chellie Pingree, President & CEO, Common Cause

"This timely collection of essays...is deeply disturbing and exposes what can only be called a national crisis." -- Tuscon Citizen; May 12, 2005

"…voices to illuminate the concepts and challenges within the media democracy movement…a primer for the budding media activist" -- Znet review
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  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591022320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591022329
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Essays by more than a dozen of the country's top media scholars, critics and journalists discuss how the corporate ownership of the media holds dangers to the American democratic process itself, from issues of standardization in program content and party lines to the demise of local interests and the nationalization of the news media itself. Recommended as critical reading for any college-level student of journalism, News Incorporated: Corporate Media Ownership And Its Threat To Democracy considers the underlying dangers in how the current news delivery system is structured and regulated, and how it could be fixed.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Fraser on March 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Elliot Cohen's new book, News Incorporated, is an extremely valuable contribution to contemporary discussions about the failure of the American media to promote American interests. The book is scholarly, but accessible; it is provocative but suitably practical. If you want to understand what's happening in America today, you need to read this book.
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