Free Speech or Propaganda?: How the Media Distorts the Truth

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  • ISBN-13: 9780840772381
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/1990
  • Pages: 224

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    Unsubstantiated claims of media distortion

    To all readers who are searching for insight into the manipulation used by the media, think thrice before buying Marlin Maddoux¿s 'Free Speech or Propaganda.' Maddoux¿s book is written from a very subjective right-wing christian point of view. After touting himself as a truth seeking media analyst, Maddoux proceeds to makes unfounded, undocumented claims that the mainstream media is anti-Christian, pro-life, and highly supportive of Marxist ideologies, as well as supportive of Communist Russia. The overwhelming dearth of a comprehensive bibliography will lend truth to his subjectivity. As an example, the bibliography for the chapters on the US media's support for Communist Russia in the 1980's contains 3 articles: 2 from the Dallas Times Herald, and 1 from the Dallas Morning times . It should be noted that these chapters comprise 33 pages or 15% of the entire book. One good example of an unfounded, unresearched, subjective hypotheses is in the chapter entitled, 'Fairy Tales about Woodstock, AIDS, and Textbooks.' In the section on AIDS you can be so enlightened as to read about the 'Stranglehold that the homosexual pressure groups have on the entertainment industry¿' (pg. 119) Not only does Maddoux save us from any supportive evidence, he doesn¿t even bother to introduce any conjecture or hearsay. The method of outrageous claim, followed by very little or no evidence (other than further conservative OPINIONS) is the book¿s leitmotif. On the other hand, one, albeit very small, positive contribution that this book does have is that it occasionally gives insight into the methods by which the media distort the news(i.e. selective coverage, lack of perspectives, semantics). However, these ideas on the media's methods are given even less page-space than anti-abortion opinions(6 pages vs. 15 pages). Overall, Marlin Maddoux¿s 'Free Speech or Propaganda' is loaded with unsubstantiated claims about the 'ultra-liberal biases' of the media, combined with a complete lack of evidence for such claims. Maddoux¿s has simply used the pages of this book as a venue for typical conservative views on: gays, abortion, free thinkers, and progressives. I must admit though, this was the first time that I saw two entire chapters dedicated to the US media¿s glowing support for Communist Russia.

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