THE HABITS OF HIGHLY DECEPTIVE MEDIA ~ Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News
Book review and technical detail THE HABITS OF HIGHLY DECEPTIVE MEDIA ~ Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News Norman Solomon
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|Title||THE HABITS OF HIGHLY DECEPTIVE MEDIA ~ Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publisher||Common Courage Press|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Populist abhorrence of the US media that amuses but never absolutely enlightens. In this accumulating of abbreviate pieces adopted from his synducated account cavalcade “Media Beat” and added sources, Solomon gathers calm aloof about all the complaints and criticisms of the-media the larboard has to make. Concentration of buying has skewed advantage so that interests of a accumulated few are able-bodied represented, but belief of alive bodies and the poor are adamantine to find. White males boss a “punditocracy” while the choir of bodies of blush and of women are alone infrequently heard. Belief of scandal, O la Clinton and Lewinsky, accumulate us amused while the absolute scandals of accumulated downsizing and layoffs and government bunco in such accomplishments abide around invisible. These are all important topics, aces of assay and consideration, yet actuality they are mostly bargain to slogans and one-liners. The agitation may lie in the format; a accumulating of columns is conceivably apprenticed to be superficial. Each allotment is no best than two or three pages, so Solomon can acquaint us what is amiss but not why. Repetition abounds; we are told the media are “Orwellian” at atomic seven times. Jokes are repeated, facts are repeated. It’s not that Solomon doesn’t accommodate us at times with advantageous information, and he absolutely writes with ability and humor—his auger bashing of such media abstracts as George Will is cogent and hilarious. The political cartoons provided by Matt Wuerker and others are biting, as well. Still, there is a abridgement of analysis, of explanation, of all-embracing investigation. True believers may nod in agreement., but others may artlessly become bored. Readers would be bigger served investigating the far above three- aggregate abstraction of the media Solomon co-authored with Jeff Cohen: Wizards of Media Oz; Through the Media Looking Glass; Adventures in Medialand (not reviewed). While skewering the media, Solomon commits the aforementioned sins of which he finds them guilty: sensationalism, superficiality, banality.
Media critic Norman Solomon has done it again. In this latest collection of columns, he details the most recent excesses and failures of America's self-censoring mainstream media, and brings you the real story on issues like: *The irony of the Zippergate President preaching abstinence to poor women and putting millions of dollars into "chastity education" programs *The Orwellian logic behind calling bombings by Third World countries "terrorism," while similar bombings by the US are righteous "strikes against terror" *"Media Scenes We'd Like to See" -- fantasies as appealing as they are unlikely, which include a vision of Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings donating their fortunes to a trust fund for independent journalism and vowing to tell the truth even it gets them fired. From the relentless pro-corporate spin of daily news to the media's persistent lack of diversity, Solomon covers it all.
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