Mass Media, Mass Propaganda: Understanding the News in the 'War on Terror'

Mass Media, Mass Propaganda: Understanding the News in the 'War on Terror'


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Mass Media, Mass Propaganda analyzes a wide range of issues, domestic and international, concerning American and global news coverage of the U.S. 'War on Terror.' Topics reviewed include: media coverage of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Iraqi civil war and resistance to occupation, September 11th and 'Operation Enduring Freedom' in Afghanistan, human rights violations in Iraqm domestic anti-way dissent and censorship, and potential future targets in the 'War on Terror.' This work approaches the study of media through a political economy analysis, examining the ways in which the American corporate media works to reinforce official views and propaganda, and the ways in which it challenges official pro-war platforms. A comparative approach is taken in contrasting the American mass media with other media institutions from the Progressive-Left American press, the British and Australian press, and Arab electronic media. Major models analyzed and evaluated throughout this work include the 'Propaganda Model,' developed by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, and the 'Indexing Model,' elaborated upon by scholars such as W. Lance Bennett, Steven Livingston, and Jonathan Mermin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739119037
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 787,081
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Anthony DiMaggio is assistant professor of politics and government at Illinois State University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Introduction: Understanding the News in the "War on Terror" Chapter 3 1 Public Trust, Media, and the "War on Terror" Chapter 4 2 All the News that's Fit to Omit: A Background to Pro-War Media Chapter 5 3 Weapons of Mass Diversion Chapter 6 4 The Media's War Chapter 7 5 Railing Iraqi Resistance: "Insurgency," Militias, and the Unfolding Civil War Chapter 8 6 Free Speech Fatalities Chapter 9 7 A World of Orwellian Doublethink Chapter 10 8 Doctrines of Media and State: Hailing Humanitarianism, Dismissing Disaster Chapter 11 9 Catapult the Media Chapter 12 10 Afghanistan and 9/11: The "War on Terror" Declared Chapter 13 11 A Game Plan for Infinite War? Chapter 14 Conclusion: A Movement for Progressive Media Reform Chapter 15 Bibliography Chapter 16 Index Chapter 17 About the Author

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Mass Media, Mass Propaganda: Understanding the News in the 'War on Terror' 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
willyvan More than 1 year ago
This thoroughly-researched book studies the US media’s coverage of the ‘war on terror’, especially of the war on Iraq. The US government famously claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and the media managed to ignore the actual inspectors’ findings. Scott Ritter, a UN arms inspector in Iraq throughout the 1990s, reported, “Since 1998, Iraq has been fundamentally disarmed.” Hans Blix, who led the 2002-03 UN Iraq weapons inspection, reported that “UNMOVIC [United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission] had not found any such weapons.” The US government and media claimed that the resistance in Iraq were foreign terrorists who targeted only civilians. But the Center for Strategic and International Studies found that between September 2003 and October 2004 only 4.1 per cent of resistance attacks were directed against civilians, while 75 per cent were against coalition forces. Only the Los Angeles Times reported that “of the more than 1,000 men between the ages of fifteen and fifty-five who were captured … just fifteen are confirmed foreign fighters.” NATO forces killed hundreds of thousands of civilians, targeting and destroying whole cities, like Fallujah. ‘After Leveling City, U.S. Tries to Build Trust’, was the Los Angeles Times headline of 7 January 2005. The media called insurgents terrorists when they killed civilians while targeting US forces. But they did not call US forces terrorists when they killed civilians while targeting insurgents. The British media were slightly better than the US media. Lancet reported that 100,000 Iraqi civilians died in the 18 months after the 2003 NATO invasion and that about 650,000 Iraqis died through 2006 due to the rise in violence after the invasion. The Sunday Times reported on 26 March 2006 that US troops had executed eleven civilians in the village of Abu Sifa, ‘Iraqis killed by US troops ‘on rampage’: “Women and children were blindfolded and hands bound.”