THE KINGMAKERS: How the Media Threatens Our Security and Our Democracy [NOOK Book]

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In The Kingmakers Senator Mike Gravel and Dr. David Eisenbach argue that the media’s failure to present the public with an accurate view of the world poses a greater threat to American lives than terrorism. They also show how the greatest threat to our democracy is not money. It’s the media. Long before the majority of voters pay attention to presidential elections, the media Kingmakers filter the presidential field and anoint the “leading ...
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THE KINGMAKERS: How the Media Threatens Our Security and Our Democracy

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Overview

In The Kingmakers Senator Mike Gravel and Dr. David Eisenbach argue that the media’s failure to present the public with an accurate view of the world poses a greater threat to American lives than terrorism. They also show how the greatest threat to our democracy is not money. It’s the media. Long before the majority of voters pay attention to presidential elections, the media Kingmakers filter the presidential field and anoint the “leading candidates.”

Gravel and Eisenbach propose a powerful antidote to the Kingmakers’ poisonous influence on American politics: participatory journalism. Blogs, chat rooms, virtual worlds and Internet contributions have empowered ordinary citizens to change the course of American history and inaugurate a new wave of democratization that America hasn’t seen since the Jacksonian era.

STARRED REVIEW "Former Senator Gravel and Eisenbach collaborate in this searing denunciation of the American media, which they posit is 'the biggest threat to our democracy.' According to the authors, the media marginalize dissenting voices and fail to provide the public with accurate news coverage, being content with regurgitating unconfirmed—and often blatantly untrue—reports from establishment figures. The authors dissect the 'media echo chamber' and contagion of lazy journalism, debunking the lies and half-truths that they argue the media have accepted without scrutiny and irresponsibly repeated to the public. In frightening detail, this book illustrates how political elites manipulated the media to deceive the world about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and attempt to pursue war with Iran, using staged photo ops (George W. Bush posing under the 'Mission Accomplished' banner) and fabricating events—as in the case of the eventually disproved account of Pvt. Jessica Lynch's heroics. The authors call for 'participatory journalism,' which will empower Americans to engage in online political debate. This important book is a valuable contribution to that debate and ought to be essential reading for all Americans. —Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012440389
  • Publisher: PHOENIX BOOKS INC
  • Publication date: 5/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 204
  • File size: 547 KB

Meet the Author

Senator Mike Gravel represented Alaska in the U.S. Senate from 1969-81. He is most prominently known for his release of the Pentagon Papers, the secret official study that revealed the lies and manipulations of successive U.S. administrations during the Vietnam.

David Eisenbach, PhD teaches media and politics at Columbia University. His first book, Gay Power: An American Revolution (2006), explains how the gay rights movement used the media to transform the nation’s political and social landscape.
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