Unreliable Sources

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"Committed, eloquent writings that plumb teh psychological and political complexities of mass-mediated experience." --San Francisco Chronicle

"An essential text." --Utne Reader

"More than helping to detect bias, "Unreliable Sources" tells the stories behind the stories called news. It should help build a national constituency for liberating media from all major constraints-- corporate as well as governmental." --George Gerbner, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Communications, The Annenberg School for Communications

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Overview

"Committed, eloquent writings that plumb teh psychological and political complexities of mass-mediated experience." --San Francisco Chronicle

"An essential text." --Utne Reader

"More than helping to detect bias, "Unreliable Sources" tells the stories behind the stories called news. It should help build a national constituency for liberating media from all major constraints-- corporate as well as governmental." --George Gerbner, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Communications, The Annenberg School for Communications

"You gotta love these guys. Not only have Lee and Solomon written a timely consumer primer on conservative bias in reporting, they've done it with humor." --Washington Journalism Review

A vital handbook for deciphering widespread media bias. "Unreliable Sources" dissects news coverage of a wide range of issues-- taxes, the Persian Gulf, social security, abortion, drugs, environmental pollution, U.S.-Soviet relations, terrorism, the Third World-- and exposes the key stories that have been censored or glossed over by major media.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Associated with the media-watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), Lee ( Acid Dreams ) and Solomon ( Killing Our Own ) here document their assertion that the media have come to assume the role of spokespeople for the American business establishment, which allegedly runs the U.S. in general and Washington powerbrokers in particular--and whose press releases and other self-promoting testimonials often wend their way, verbatim, into newsprint. Citing the reluctance of newspapers and TV networks to present dissenting views on military spending, environmental pollution, economic policies that frustrate blacks and Hispanics, and American gunboat diplomacy in Latin America, they make a compelling case for the contention that newsmen and women distort current events. And though in the Reagan-Bush era, theirs is certainly a minority viewpoint, the authors remain convinced a change can be wrought. (June)
Library Journal
``The most sacred cow of the press is the press itself.'' In this book, Lee, publisher of Extra , the journal of the Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) organization, and Solomon, an investigative journalist, make mincemeat of that maxim and detail how often the press is biased. For example: many journalists just wade through their Rolodexes for sources; others make unobjective ``we we'' on the air (``When are we going to get Noriega?''); and stories on ``unpopular'' perspectives on race, gender, and politics often go unreported. While this book is most appropriate for serious media collections, all libraries would benefit from a book that advocates media activism, in which ``one can learn to be a more critical consumer of the news.''-- Judy Quinn, ``Library Journal''
Booknews
Henry Miller once wrote that "If you want to be misinformed about world events buy a newspaper." What he knew imaginatively Lee and Solomon know analytically--that the mass media (and the political economy in which they are major players) have more important projects than an informed, critical citizenry. Those projects are wealth and power and they're coming nearer to completion every day. The first line of defense is awareness, and this is the place to begin. (RC) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780818405617
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/19/1991
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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