Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq

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Did the US and UK governments lie about weapons of mass destruction to promote an attack on Iraq? Did the media hold them to account or act as cheerleaders for war? Tell me Lies reveals the systematic propaganda used by both the US and UK governments to convince us of the 'threat' from Iraq. It shows how we were deliberately misled into a war that has resulted in a humanitarian disaster in Iraq and threatens to create further instability and resentment of the US and UK throughout the Middle East. Written by some ...
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Overview

Did the US and UK governments lie about weapons of mass destruction to promote an attack on Iraq? Did the media hold them to account or act as cheerleaders for war? Tell me Lies reveals the systematic propaganda used by both the US and UK governments to convince us of the 'threat' from Iraq. It shows how we were deliberately misled into a war that has resulted in a humanitarian disaster in Iraq and threatens to create further instability and resentment of the US and UK throughout the Middle East. Written by some of the world's leading journalists and commentators, it's a scathing indictment of the role of the mainstream media in legitimising government actions and undermining dissent. Critics, activists and journalists from both sides of the Atlantic explore alternatives such as the internet and Al Jazeera and provide analysis and guidance on resisting the media war. Contributors include John Pilger, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Edward Herman, Mark Thomas, Mark Steel, Phillip Knightley, Tim Llewelyn (BBC Middle East Correspondent), Abdul Hadi Jiad (Iraqi journalist sacked by the BBC before the war), David Cromwell and David Edwards (Media Lens), Mark Curtis, John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton (PR Watch, and co-authors of Weapons of Mass Deception and Toxic Sludge is Good For You), Pat Holland, Norman Solomon (columnist and director of the Institute for Public Accuracy), Nancy Snow (California State University, Fullerton, author of Propaganda Inc. and Information War), Doug Kellner (UCLA), Julian Petley, Yvonne Ridley (Aljazeera.net and author of In the Hands of the Taliban), Tim Gopsill (Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom), Faisal Bodi (UK Guardian, Aljazeera.net), Alistair Alexander (Stop the War Coalition), Greg Philo (Glasgow University Media Group), Steve Dorrill, Andy Rowell, Granville Williams and cartoonists Steve Bell, Steve Caplin and Polyp.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745322018
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David Miller is a reader at the Stirling Media Research Institute. His research interests include political communication, the media and violence, media effects and influences and science, risk and the media. He is author of Don't Mention the War: Northern Ireland, Propaganda and the Media (Pluto, 1994), The Circuit of Mass Communication: Media Strategies, Representation and Audience Reception in the AIDS Crisis (Sage, 1998 ), Market Killing: What Capitalism Does and What Social Scientists Can do about it (Longman, 2000, with Greg Philo)
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword Mark Thomas
Introduction David Miller

Part 1 The Media War
1. John Pilger A great betrayal
2. John Pilger The lies of old
3. John Pilger The case for civil disobedience
4. John Pilger Crime against humanity
5. John Pilger The unthinkable is becoming normal

Part 2 Propaganda Wars
6. Laura Miller, John Stauber
and Sheldon Rampton War is sell
7. Nancy Snow Brainscrubbing: The Failures of U.S. Public

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    Tell me some more lies...

    Humanitarian disaster? Freeing millions of people from a murderous dictator could only be a good thing... WMD or no WMD this guy had to go and when the newly free people of Iraq convict and 'destroy' Saddam this will be all the proof the world needs to know once and for all that this war was the right thing to do. Remember 911!

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