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Packaging Terrorism: Co-opting the News for Politics and Profit

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ISBN-13: 978-1405173650
ISBN-10: 1405173653
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"The book is engaging and should be of interest to academics and general readers alike." (CHOICE, November 2009)

“The book is well-written, very informative, and engagingly convincing. Moeller develops a compelling argument on how politicians and media corporations package terrorism to attain political and economic ends. Moeller’s book can resonate with various kinds of readers. In fact, many readers might find the book to be one of the best analyses of the media’s coverage of terror.” (International Journal of Communication, 2009)

“Susan Moeller trains her scholarly eye on the role of the media in our understanding of modern-day terrorism. She has produced a valuable, important, and timely study—essential reading for all of us.”
Marvin Kalb, Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard University


“A sober and timely analysis of the toxic mix of politics, terrorism, and the media since 9/11. Moeller lays bare the price paid by the West, but also points to a better way forward.”
Richard Sambrook, Director, BBC Global News


“Packaging Terrorism is an urgently needed meditation on how journalism has too often failed to ask the hard questions about the ‘War on Terror’ and become instead a weapon of propaganda. Susan Moeller’s timely book is a must-read for all concerned journalists and citizens.”
John Owen, Professor of International Journalism, City University, London


“An outstanding in-depth analysis of one of the most difficult and controversial issues in modern journalism. Moeller critically dissects the roles of government and media, laying bare the spin, manipulation of language, and vested interests that all too often distort the true story and deceive the public.”
Stephen Jukes, Dean of the Media School at Bournemouth University; former Global Head of News at Reuters


“If you need a thoughtful, thorough, and challenging survey of recent media treatment of terrorism, then this is it. Susan Moeller is a clever and realistic analyst of how journalism treats this vital subject. She has both an insider’s understanding of the media and the intelligence and research to mount a critical attack on those who misrepresent the true nature of political violence.”
Charlie Beckett, London School of Economics; Director, POLIS


“Susan Moeller has exploded a bomb, splintering the ‘War on Terror.’ This thoroughly researched book provides an X-ray image of the US and British media as they have grappled with reporting the news of terrorism and war. It is a stinging rebuke of this largely profit-driven profession and also a primer for students of journalism on how to cover war and violence to make us better informed citizens in a democracy.”
Nayan Chanda, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization

Review

“Susan Moeller trains her scholarly eye on the role of the media in our understanding of modern-day terrorism. She has produced a valuable, important, and timely study—essential reading for all of us.”
–Marvin Kalb, Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard University


“A sober and timely analysis of the toxic mix of politics, terrorism, and the media since 9/11. Moeller lays bare the price paid by the West, but also points to a better way forward.”
–Richard Sambrook, Director, BBC Global News


“Packaging Terrorism is an urgently needed meditation on how journalism has too often failed to ask the hard questions about the ‘War on Terror’ and become instead a weapon of propaganda. Susan Moeller’s timely book is a must-read for all concerned journalists and citizens.”
–John Owen, Professor of International Journalism, City University, London


“An outstanding in-depth analysis of one of the most difficult and controversial issues in modern journalism. Moeller critically dissects the roles of government and media, laying bare the spin, manipulation of language, and vested interests that all too often distort the true story and deceive the public.”
–Stephen Jukes, Dean of the Media School at Bournemouth University; former Global Head of News at Reuters


“If you need a thoughtful, thorough, and challenging survey of recent media treatment of terrorism, then this is it. Susan Moeller is a clever and realistic analyst of how journalism treats this vital subject. She has both an insider’s understanding of the media and the intelligence and research to mount a critical attack on those who misrepresent the true nature of political violence.”
–Charlie Beckett, London School of Economics; Director, POLIS


“Susan Moeller has exploded a bomb, splintering the ‘War on Terror.’ This thoroughly researched book provides an X-ray image of the US and British media as they have grappled with reporting the news of terrorism and war. It is a stinging rebuke of this largely profit-driven profession and also a primer for students of journalism on how to cover war and violence to make us better informed citizens in a democracy.”
–Nayan Chanda, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (December 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405173653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405173650
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Conley Salyer on January 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Susan Moeller has written a "must read" for anyone wanting to understand how the news is presented. The reporting of terrorism forms the backdrop, but the value of this book spreads across all subject matter, providing insight into how and why media present the same information in different ways. Regardless of political persuasion, astute citizens will enjoy this book.
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