Mass Media, Mass Propaganda: Understanding the News in the 'War on Terror'

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Lexington Books, Apr 28, 2008 - Social Science - 340 pages
Mass Media, Mass Propaganda analyzes a wide range of issues, domestic and international, concerning American and global news coverage of the U.S. 'War on Terror.' Topics reviewed include: media coverage of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Iraqi civil war and resistance to occupation, September 11th and 'Operation Enduring Freedom' in Afghanistan, human rights violations in Iraqm domestic anti-way dissent and censorship, and potential future targets in the 'War on Terror.' This work approaches the study of media through a political economy analysis, examining the ways in which the American corporate media works to reinforce official views and propaganda, and the ways in which it challenges official pro-war platforms. A comparative approach is taken in contrasting the American mass media with other media institutions from the Progressive-Left American press, the British and Australian press, and Arab electronic media. Major models analyzed and evaluated throughout this work include the 'Propaganda Model,' developed by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, and the 'Indexing Model,' elaborated upon by scholars such as W. Lance Bennett, Steven Livingston, and Jonathan Mermin.
 

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Contents

Understanding the News in the War on Terror
1
1 Public Trust Media and the War on Terrorss
7
A Background to ProWar Media
39
3 Weapons of Mass Diversion
57
4 The Medias War
77
Insurgency Militias and the Unfolding Civil War
101
6 Free Speech Fatalities
135
7 A World of Orwellian Doublethink
159
9 Catapult the Media
217
The War on Terror Declared
253
11 A Game Plan for Infinite War?
279
Progressive Media Reform A Movement for the 21st Century
307
Bibliography
321
Index
325
About the Author
331
Copyright

Hailing Humanitarianism Dismissing Disaster
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Anthony DiMaggio is assistant professor of politics and government at Illinois State University.

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