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Nichols, a correspondent for theNation, and McChesney, a journalism professor, excoriate the media for failure to hold politicians accountable for their words and deeds, thereby failing in their responsibility to protect American democracy. The authors examine current media practices in the context of press freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the concepts held by the Founding Fathers. The troubling recent presidential elections and the war in Iraq--and the lackluster reporting by the media--are the latest in a long trend toward a kind of corporate media that treats Americans as consumers rather than citizens. The authors compare manipulation of American news reporting and elections to practices of the Soviet Union at its strongest, with the political Right exerting more control of the news cycle. The authors also examine some promising trends--including the Internet and creation of independent media. The book includes interviews with John Kerry, Howard Dean, Barack Obama, and other key political figures, exploring concerns about the media's role in democracy. Vanessa Bush
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A short, fast-paced book, scenic like a good film script, steeped in the irony and horror of war. -- The Los Angeles Times
An eye for the perfect image, a wonderful ear for dialogue and a prose style that floats across the page. -- Las Vegas Mercury
Essential reading. -- The San Diego Union-Tribune
The war is a tragedy and the media coverage of the 2004 presidential election was a farce. That is part of what Nichols and McChesney are telling us in this very readable and... Read morePublished on December 16, 2006 by Dennis Littrell
I thought this book would be more representative of the sensationalist reporting the media has been shoving down the throats of Americans for the last few years. Read morePublished on May 15, 2006 by elviswoman
Most of the previous reviews give a fairly accurate description of this book.
There is less hard news and more soft news now. Read more