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This expanded and updated edition, edited by former CBS and CNN producer Kristina Borjesson, is more timely and relevant than ever. Several new essays have been added, while others have been updated, revealing shocking new developments.
In the lead chapter, CBS’s top correspondent, Dan Rather, describes in chilling terms how the pressure to be patriotic compelled him and other journalists to censor themselves.
MSNBC’s Ashleigh Banfield speaks frankly about the critical difference between coverage and real journalism and how failing to report all sides of a story has created a very dangerous environment of ignorance.
Former Fox Network producer Charles Reina exposes details of how the news billed as "Fair and Balanced" is also a political tool that is shaped daily via an executive memo distributed electronically to Fox’s news staff every morning, addressing what stories will be covered and often suggesting how they should be covered.
A new chapter on Iraq by investigative reporter Charlotte Dennett presents a riveting angle on the subject that no one in the press has dared to examine — until now.
Pulitzer nominee John Kelly writes a troubling update on recent deadly CIA operations carried out as part of the War on Terrorism.
Jane Akre’s update on the precedent-setting outcome of her legal fight with Fox News over her investigation of Monsanto’s bovine growth hormone will unsettle, if not anger, journalists and the general public alike.
Kristina Borjesson’s new introduction examines how issues of censorship have, since the 9/11 tragedy and Into the Buzzsaw’s initial release, become front-page news on an almost daily basis.
Indeed, many journalists and increasing numbers of the general public view the control, suppression, manipulation, and distortion of information in news to have reached a crisis level — to the point of posing a significant threat to a free American society.
Among the other contributors are: CBS’s award winning investigative producer Helen Malmgren; veteran investigative journalist and author of DuPont: Behind the Nylon Curtain Gerard Colby; veteran print journalist and editor David Hendrix; founder and Director Emeritus of Project Censored Carl Jensen; former DEA agent-turned-journalist and best-selling author Michael Levine; author or editor of seven books, including Rich Media, Poor Democracy, Robert McChesney; award-winning CBS documentary producer Maurice Murad; independent investigative reporter and author of the current bestseller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy Greg Palast; New York Daily News investigative reporter J. Robert Port; Emmy Award-winning producer and author Monika Jensen-Stevenson; Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Gary Webb; and New York Observer columnist Philip Weiss.
|Ch. 1||The patriot and the censor's necklace : an interview with BBC culture correspondent Madeleine Holt||35|
|Ch. 2||The memo||43|
|Ch. 3||A shot messenger's observations||47|
|Ch. 4||The war on terror and the great game for oil : how the media missed the context||61|
|Ch. 5||The price of liberty||93|
|Ch. 6||Crimes and silence : the CIA's criminal acts and the media's silence||115|
|Ch. 7||The mighty Wurlitzer plays on||141|
|Ch. 8||Mainstream media : the drug war's shills||157|
|Ch. 9||The silence of the lambs : an American in journalistic exile||195|
|Ch. 10||The fox, the hounds, and the sacred cows||207|
|Ch. 11||The story no one wanted to hear||239|
|Ch. 12||Verdict first, evidence later : the case for Bobby Garwood||253|
|Ch. 13||Into the buzzsaw||283|
|Ch. 14||Coal mine canaries||331|
|Ch. 15||When black becomes white||363|
|Ch. 16||Stories we love, stories we hate||377|
|Ch. 17||Shouting at the crocodile||389|
|Ch. 18||What happened to good old-fashioned muckraking?||417|
|Ch. 19||The rise and fall of professional journalism||435|
Posted August 29, 2004
Every college journalism student should be required to read this book. It is alarming and sobering, but explains a lot how the government and media corporations frame the news so that the most critical information is often suppressed and doesn't pass into history. When journalists step out of line and try to tell the truth, they find themselves ostracized and often have their careers derailed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2003
This is a book that everyone in this country should read, and then act on. Without a free press and an informed and active citizenry, we will lose the freedoms we have in this country.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 18, 2002
I was delighted to purchase this book after listening to the author/editor being interviewed on community radio WBAI. After reading the book I understand why I've never seen her on any of the mainstream media programs. A great compilation of essays from award winning Investigative Journalists that passionately detail the 'stories behind the censored stories'. The concentration of the mainsteam media in the hands of conglomorate empires assures us that dissenting opinions will continue to become muted and marginalized - thus putting our constitutional guarantee of Free Speech and Free Press in the Orwellian trash basket. I was reminded of a line of rap lyrics that suddenly became very clear - "...the revolution will not be televised" . A great resource to accompany other valuable books on the same topic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2002
Decrying the decline of American investigative reporting, this anthology, by seasoned, award winning journalists, details both the subtle and heavy handed ways in which news media information is managed by corporate and government forces. Some of the contributors had run-ins with well-known mainstream "journalists" like Dan Rather. Indeed, several top reporters and TV producers who contribute to INTO THE BUZZSAW and who wouldn't toe the line describe how for simply trying to report important news cost them their jobs. Especially intriguing is the chapter by former 60 MINUTES producer, Monika Jensen-Stevenson, "Verdict First, Evidence Later: The Case for Bobby Garwood." The Vietnam POW Garwood escaped from his North Vietnamese captors after 14 years, and upon his return to the United States was prosecuted for desertion. Jensen-Stevenson chronicles how the U.S., with the complicity of the communist Vietnam government, railroaded Garwood while the American press remained silent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2002
This is a book that every American who treasures democracy should read. If it were to gain wide readership, it might just be possible to transform our popular media into the "government and corporate watchdogs" that we need them to be, but which they are not. Particularly helpful in understanding how our media became co-opted by powerful government and corporate institutions is the final chapter, which gives an historical perspective on the role of professional journalism.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2002
Books about the media--from apologist texts to those catering to the belief of media-as-incarnate-evil--abound. None is as well-written, intelligent, illuminating and intriguing as ¿Into the Buzzsaw,¿ a collection of war (and horror) stories from leading professional journalists. Trite expressions such as ¿jaw-dropping¿ cannot adequately describe the conspiracies and outrages these courageous ¿media people¿ have at long last exposed. The book should be required reading for every person in America, if not the world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.