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Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media Paperback – February 20, 2006
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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.Read more ›
Thoroughly recommended to anyone who is interested in seeing media bias. Those who read Chomsky will find an indispensable work.
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!