Disinformation: 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terrorby Richard Miniter
Bin Laden was trained and funded by the CIA. The Bush Administration killed 100,000 civilians in Iraq. The Jews who worked at the World Trade Center were warned not to work on Sept. 11. These are just some of the myths that have appeared in mainstream media outlets. Collectively, these myths undermine wartime U.S. morale and confuse the discussion of vital issues.
Bin Laden was trained and funded by the CIA. The Bush Administration killed 100,000 civilians in Iraq. The Jews who worked at the World Trade Center were warned not to work on Sept. 11. These are just some of the myths that have appeared in mainstream media outlets. Collectively, these myths undermine wartime U.S. morale and confuse the discussion of vital issues. Here Miniter debunks the myths of the left (and the right) with hard evidence, high-level interviews and on-the-ground reporting in more than a dozen countries.
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I think this book should be required reading for every university student that is majoring in any field of moss communications. It is indeed unfortunate that anyone, and especially Americans, should be treated with such disrespect as we are by mainstream media including the press, television, radio and all other avenues with the possible exception of social media. The entire presentation is low keyed and straight to the point and these qualities are rare in today's marketplace and they are refreshing, to say the least. The issues that Minter addresses are not unknown; the myths surrounding these are what makes this work so impressive. Here we have, in one volume along with the footnotes, appendices, and index, a concise and enlightening message that is well written and keeps the reader interested from start to finish all neatly bound with a thought provoking cover. Well done, Mr. Minter, well done, sir!
Disinformation, by Richard Miniter, is a well-researched and documented book highlighting several myths that have been perpetuated by the media covering the War on Terror. This book is timely, but not timeless I feel that some of these myths already have been accepted as wrong by most and are now non-issues. Miniter does on an excellent job exposing many of the myths, but only a minimal effort on others. I felt the arguments under 'Conservative Myths' (the ineffectiveness of racial profiling and the Mexican border not being a door to terrorist entering this country) are weak. For example, just because the Canadian border is worse does not make the Mexican border immune to criticism. The myths on Bin Laden and 9/11 are very well covered, and worth the price of the book. The book remains interesting throughout, with good footnotes, appendices, and an index. This might seem an odd observation, but I feel the cover artwork stands out in a crowd of boring, low budget covers so commonly seen today, I find it simple, yet hauntingly beautiful.
I thought This was a great book. These are lies that you are confronted with in the everyday media, and its nice to find the truth about the War on Terror. Very well Documented with sources and a Bibliography.