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"Cohen and Solomon are the sharpest media watchers in the business," -- Barbara Ehrenreich

"Solomon and Cohen know media bias and blather like a rancher knows BS." -- Jim Hightower, commenting on the authors' previous work

"The authors have a knack for articulating questions that lie dormant in the midst of headline news.... They have thousands of facts to back up their criticism of what they see as consistently sloppy, stupid, cowardly, corporate-run news coverage.... The charges are relentless, supported by facts and quotes, quite disturbing and uncomfortable--mighty welcome in these perilous merged-media times." -- Patricia Holt, Book Editor, San Francisco Chronicle, commenting on the authors' previous work

"The bold, muckraking tone of these columns offers a welcome respite from the decerebrated discourse that too often passes for contemporary journalism." -- Los Angeles Times, commenting on the authors' previous work

About the Author

Norman Solomon's books include "False Hope: The Politics of Illusion in the Clinton Era," "Unreliable Sources: A Guide to Detecting Bias in the News Media" and "The Power of Babble." He writes a nationally syndicated column called "Media Beat."

Jeff Cohen is the founder and executive director of FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting), the media watch organization.

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Product Details

  • Series: Socialist History of Britain
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156751118X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567511185
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,386,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Charles on November 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
Any conservative who bashed this book is clearly touched by what it reveals, and the b.s. of the corporate media this text points out. The only next question will be what corporation is going to buy amazon.com, there by controlling this medium. A wonderful text for any media critic
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1998
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Solomon and Cohen reveal to the reader the "wizards" who pull the levers behind the headlines, the corporations who desire to slant the situations in their favor, by their use of money and influence. More of a liberal lean, in an era when parents need to hear from their children that "liberal" is not a dirty word. Unafraid to name names, to point out those who benefit from corporate/political shenanigans, and smoke and mirror games. Journalists take a hit as well, and rightly so, for their part in pulling the wool over the eyes of the public. Worthwhile reading for anyone who believes that Dan, Peter, and Tom are not telling the whole story. Worthwhile for discussion groups!
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11 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on July 11, 1998
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The book is a series of critiques of the news media from an unabashed leftist perspective. Cohen and Solomon are scathing in their criticisms of the news media. They consider most journalists timekeepers for their corporate bosses, and a good deal of their analysis is correct. Unfortunately, being extremely liberal, they do not discuss the vice versa, media unfairness toward conservatives and conservative viewpoints; I don't know if this is an oversight or deliberate, but I would assume it's the latter. Still, this is well worth reading, so long as the reader takes it with a grain of salt.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. lira on August 24, 1998
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absolutely great book, necessary reading for anyone who thinks this country is "free" for anyone but the wealthy
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4 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
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I couldn't quite get the point of the book. I mean, I know that killing baby seals is bad, and also those big corporations and all, but what about Professors Harris and Chomsky and the deconstruction of the question about the operations of patriarchy and about how we have to end womyn's suffrage??? This book is on the right route but on the wrong highway, if you know what I mean.
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