True Lies

True Lies

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by Anthony Lappe, Greg Palast, Ian Inaba, Stephen Marshall
     
 

Journalists with the Web-based Guerilla News Network argue that the powerful interests behind mainstream media keep the facts from interfering with mass denial about recent events, e.g., the contested 2000 election and US pursuit of an imperialist course in Iraq. While the muckraking Center for Public Integrity is lauded, independent media stars such as Al Franken and… See more details below

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Journalists with the Web-based Guerilla News Network argue that the powerful interests behind mainstream media keep the facts from interfering with mass denial about recent events, e.g., the contested 2000 election and US pursuit of an imperialist course in Iraq. While the muckraking Center for Public Integrity is lauded, independent media stars such as Al Franken and Michael Moore are not immune from criticism. They list Web resources for citizen research but do not specifically mention bloggers. Lacks an index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Publishers Weekly
Making an extensive contribution to ongoing critiques of the media, Web-based Guerrilla News Network reporters Lapp and Marshall charge that the public is served by members of "a lazy and compliant news media" who often act as mere "glorified stenographers" to the government and corporate sources they rely on for information and answers. To back up their claims, the authors collect un- and under-reported news stories from the past few years, giving careful scrutiny to alternative versions of election fraud, conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11, the notion of American empire, Gulf War illness and military vaccinations, "crossover" voting (voting in two primary elections) and electronic voting machines. Perhaps the most compelling chapter deals with the U.S. military use of depleted uranium in armor-tipped weapons. Introduced in the first Gulf War and used again in the Balkans, the recent invasion of Iraq saw a renewed proliferation of these "radioactive kinetic penetrators." This time they were used in heavily populated areas now occupied by American forces as well as Iraqi civilians. Why, the authors ask, "has the mainstream American media paid so little attention to this literally radioactive issue?" Lapp and Marshall also critique the left-leaning organizations and activists for distortions in their dispatches. Their own presentation, which allows most of the stories to speak for themselves without heightened language, does manage to lead by example. Agent, Ian Kleinert of Literary Group International. (Oct. 5) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780452285316
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.68(d)

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