Fooling America: How Washington Insiders Twist the Truth and Manufacture the Conventional Wisdom

Fooling America: How Washington Insiders Twist the Truth and Manufacture the Conventional Wisdom

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by Robert Parry

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
How could the Washington press corps miss, or report tardily on, the savings-and-loan debacle, Iran-Contra abuses, Saddam Hussein's Western-backed military buildup and nearly every other major scandal of the 1980s? Parry, a former reporter for Newsweek and the Associated Press, faults the major news media for cozying up to the political elite and suppressing stories that go beyond the conventional wisdom dictated by the Washington/New York government, business and journalistic establishments. Crucial reading for citizens who want to be informed of the news behind the news, this compelling report is replete with examples of media cowardice and kowtowing to power. Parry delivers a damning account of the media's selling of the CIA-funded Contra army to the American public, the demonization of longtime CIA employee Manuel Noreiga, the Reagan administration's propaganda apparatus (operating out of the National Security Council) to create a pro-interventionist mindset, President Bush's professed ignorance of Iran-Contra abuses, and the press's failure to cover CIA terrorist campaigns abroad under Bush, its former director. (July)
Library Journal
Given the clear indications of the political alienation of a broad spectrum of the American public, Parry's well-documented and fascinating book could be one of the most important in this national election year. ``Conventional wisdom'' is defined as ``the collective judgment of that community of insiders--what the Washington-New York elites in government, journalism, academia and business think . . . is true about any number of hot topics.'' And to assure the validity of such CW, Parry says, the public is lied to over and over again. The author documents his charges by taking the reader through the machinations of the Iran-contra scandal, the 1988 presidential election, the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Supreme Court hearings, and the use by the federal government of what is euphemistically called ``public diplomacy,'' i.e., illegal domestic governmental propaganda supported by taxpayer dollars. Parry's muscular closing chapter on America's future outlines 14 ways the public can act to ``demand an end to Washington's antidemocratic elitism.'' Highly recommended for all libraries.-- Chet Hagan, Berks Cty. P.L. System, Pa.
Investigative reporter Parry details how CW (conventional wisdom) regarding national and international issues is deliberately manipulated, and how journalists find themselves in trouble when they try to go beyond. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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