Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

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by Edward S. Herman, Noam Chomsky
     
 

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An intellectual dissection of the modern media to show how an underlying economics of publishing warps the news.


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An intellectual dissection of the modern media to show how an underlying economics of publishing warps the news.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Herman of Wharton and Chomsky of MIT lucidly document their argument that America's government and its corporate giants exercise control over what we read, see and hear. The authors identify the forces that they contend make the national media propagandisticthe major three being the motivation for profit through ad revenue, the media's close links to and often ownership by corporations, and their acceptance of information from biased sources. In five case studies, the writers show how TV, newspapers and radio distort world events. For example, the authors maintain that ``it would have been very difficult for the Guatemalan government to murder tens of thousands over the past decade if the U.S. press had provided the kind of coverage they gave to the difficulties of Andrei Sakharov or the murder of Jerzy Popieluszko in Poland.'' Such allegations would be routine were it not for the excellent research behind this book's controversial charges. Extensive evidence is calmly presented, and in the end an indictment against the guardians of our freedoms is substantiated. A disturbing picture emerges of a news system that panders to the interests of America's privileged and neglects its duties when the concerns of minority groups and the underclass are at stake. First serial to the Progressive. (Oct.)
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"[A] compelling indictment of the news media's role in covering up errors and deceptions in American foreign policy of the past quarter century."—Walter LaFeber, The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307801623
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/06/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
361,176
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Edward S. Herman is Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Noam Chomsky is Professor, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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