- Hardcover: 392 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books (March 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573929727
- ISBN-13: 978-1573929721
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press Hardcover – March 1, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
In this uneven yet illuminating anthology, editor Borjesson succinctly explains the journalist's predicament: "The buzzsaw is what can rip through you when you try to investigate or expose anything this country's large institutions be they corporate or government want kept under wraps." Indeed, if members of the general public read this book, or even portions of it, they will be appalled. To the uninitiated reader, the accounts of what goes on behind the scenes at major news organizations are shocking. Executives regularly squelch legitimate stories that will lower their ratings, upset their advertisers or miff their investors. Unfortunately, this dirt is unlikely to reach unknowing news audiences, as this volume's likely readership is already familiar with the current state of journalism. Here, Murrow Award-winning reporter Borjesson edits essays by journalists from the Associated Press to CBS News to the New York Times. Each tells of their difficulties with news higher-ups as they tried to publish or air controversial stories relating to everything from toxic dump sites and civilian casualties to police brutality and dangerous hospitals. Some, like BBC reporter Greg Palast's, are merely rants against "corporate" journalism, but others, like New York Observer columnist Philip Weiss's, will serve as meaningful lessons to nascent and veteran writers alike. Most of the sentiments here are especially relevant given the current reports of the war in Afghanistan and questions of their validity, making this timely and essential reading for students and scholars of journalism. (Mar.)Forecast: With Bernard Goldberg's Bias riding high on bestseller lists, Borjesson's offering on news media manipulation is bound to attract serious attention and sales.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-The buzzsaw, explains Borjesson, is what journalists encounter when they attempt to reveal information that the nation's "large institutions-be they corporate or government-" prefer to keep secret. She presents 18 firsthand accounts by authors and print and television producers and reporters who challenged the media structure, often with devastating results to their careers. While Borjesson's and David Hendrix's narratives on the 1996 TWA Flight 800 disaster alone are worth the price of the book, other contributors chronicle their experiences with everything from books suppressed by the publishing industry to drug-war "shills" (those hoping to convince an audience that the "game is honest") to Bobby Garwood, who spent 14 years as a POW in Vietnam. Self-censorship is rife, they say, forcing limits on what constitutes news and whose voice is being heard. This desperate state of modern journalism relates directly to the fact that while good investigative reporting demands time, money, and risk, news executives are more concerned with profitability. Suggested reforms include providing "news that matters" and a return to the First Amendment's promise of a "free press." Many of the essays are blunt; all are provocative, substantiated by examples and evidence. The issues each one raises should spark lively debates in journalism and government classes and stimulate the critical thinking of news consumers. A brief biography and photograph of the contributor prefaces each chapter.
Dori DeSpain, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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It contains many stories of how the important and pertinent truth of the behind the scenes stories are suppressed, ignored and distorted. It is a disturbing expose' of the news media. I have always been a flag waving republican who defended "the American Way" when confronted by nut-cases who tried to tell me that our government and media were not being totally honest and completely forthright with me. My eyes however have recently been slowly opening to the truth of that, so I decided to get this book. It was more troubling than I expected. For instance I thought FOX News was one of the very few good-guys left trying to do what "the main stream media" refuses to do. After reading Jane Akre's story of how she, as an investigative reporter, took on Monsanto on their "hormone" rBGH given to cows to make them "milking machines" and what happened to her, I am more disappointed in FOX than I can say. She, and the other authors in this book are very brave people. And I would say, are among the few that still have some integrity left in the news world. That is not to say that the rest of the news organizations are not called out, they are.
That being said, I do not necessarily agree with all of their conclusions or perspectives but I do not question their honesty. The selection of the stories in this book does come across to me to be in the greater part, an anti-republican perspective. The instances seem to focus on the political world of the republican administrations. That is not to say that there is bias or any slant in the stories themselves just that I am sure that there are just as many instances of deliberate misconduct in both political environments.
I still stubbornly hope that through these kinds of informative books, the truth will win out and America will wake up and demand honest leadership in our media and politicians. We should value those that speak truth to power and I believe that most Americans still do. The stories in this book demonstrate that hope springs eternal because I sense that the authors are telling their stories because they still, after all of their difficulties, believe in our country, the first amendment of our constitution and continue to hope that liberty and truth will somehow prevail...against all odds.
They have to lie so those reporter's families can eat.
I have reviewed close to a hundred publications regarding what I suspect is going on but this is one of the best one I've pulled out of the Rabbit Hole and it's the one I most strongly recommend to read to understand why the deception with our news organizations.
What are State Crimes against Democracy? Just some of the examples of MSM failure to report the truth:
Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 (Volume One)
1963 JFK Assassination: Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board - President John F. Kennedy, The JFK Act, Investigations, FBI and CIA, Zapruder Film, Medical and Ballistics, Critics
Project MKULTRA, the CIA's program of research in behavioral modification: Joint hearing before the Select Committee on Intelligence and the ... Congress, first session, August 3, 1977
Conspiracy Theory in America (Discovering America)
The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade
Psychological Warfare and the New World Order: The Secret War Against the American People
A Noble Lie: Oklahoma City 1995
A Nation Betrayed: Secret Cold War Experiments Performed on our Children and Other Innocent People[Annotated]
The CIA Doctors: Human Rights Violations By American Psychiatrists
The CIA's Secret Research on Torture: How Psychologists Helped Washington Crack the Code of Human Consciousness