Titel: Guardians of Power
Autor/en: David Cromwell, David Edwards
The Myth of the Liberal Media.
20. Dezember 2005 - kartoniert - 256 Seiten
""Guardians of Power ought to be required reading in every media college. It is the most important book about journalism I can remember."
- John Pilger
"Regular critical analysis of the media, filling crucial gaps and correcting the distortions of ideological prisms, has never been more important. "Media Lens has performed a major public service by carrying out this task with energy, insight, and care."
- Noam Chomsky
"Media Lens is doing an outstanding job of pressing the mainstream media to at least follow their own stated principles and meet their public service obligations. [This is] fun as well as enlightening."
- Edward S. Herman Can a corporate media system be expected to tell the truth about a world dominated by corporations?
Can newspapers, including the 'liberal' "Guardian and the "Independent, tell the truth about catastrophic climate change -- about its roots in mass consumerism and corporate obstructionism -- when they are themselves profit-oriented businesses dependent on advertisers for 75% of their revenues?
Can the BBC tell the truth about UK government crimes in Iraq when its senior managers are appointed by the government? Has anything fundamentally changed since BBC founder Lord Reith wrote of the establishment: "They know they can trust us not to be really impartial"?
Why did the British and American mass media fail to challenge even the most obvious government lies on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction before the invasion in March 2003? Why did the media ignore the claims of UN weapons inspectors that Iraq had been 90-95% "fundamentally disarmed" as early as 1998?
This book answers these questions, and more.
Since July2001, "Media Lens has encouraged thousands of readers to email senior editors and journalists, challenging them to account for their distorted reporting on Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Haiti, East Timor, climate change, Western crimes in Central America, and much more. The respo
Acknowledgements Foreword by John Pilger 1 The Mass Media - Neutral, Honest, Psychopathic 2 Iraq - The Sanctions of Mass Destruction 3 Iraq Disarmed - Burying the 1991-98 Weapons Inspections 4 Iraq - Gunning For War And Burying The Dead 5 Afghanistan - Let Them Eat Grass 6 Kosovo - Real Bombs, Fictional Genocide 7 East Timor - The Practical Limits Of Crusading Humanitarianism 8 Haiti - The Hidden Logic Of Exploitation 9 Idolatry Ink - Reagan, The 'Cheerful Conservative' And 'Chubby Bubba' Clinton 10 Climate Change - The Ultimate Media Betrayal 11 Disciplined Media - Professional Conformity To Power 12 Towards A Compassionate Media 13 Full Human Dissent Resources Index
David Edwards is co-founder/co-editor of Media Lens (www.medialens.org) for which he works full-time. He is author of Free to be Human (1995), The Compassionate Revolution (1998) and co-author of Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media (Pluto, 2006). David Cromwell is co-founder / co-editor of Media Lens (www.medialens.org) and a researcher at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. He is author of Private Planet (2001) and co-author of Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media (Pluto, 2006). In 2002, he co-founded the Crisis Forum (www.crisis-forum.org.uk) with fellow Southampton academic Mark Levene. Surviving Climate Change: The Struggle to Avert Global Catastrophe, edited by Cromwell and Levene, was published in 2007 by Pluto.
Regular critical analysis of the media, filling crucial gaps and correcting the distortions of ideological prisms, has never been more important. Media Lens has performed a major public service by carrying out this task with energy, insight, and care. -- Noam Chomsky I really cannot do justice to this superb, devastating book ... It is not merely excellent, it is outstanding. Buy it. Read it. Use it. -- Morning Star Online Bias can enter the news gathering system at many junctions. Edwards and Cromwell rightly point to the capitalist structures of the corporations that now own the satellites and instruct and direct the crews to various locations which interest them as corporations, and also as competitors, where being first to break the news or , say, report an exclusive story, really matters to them. The development of Media Lens may permit it soon to have the power to act as an alternative source and a correcting influence on the gross distortions in the news we receive at present. -- Henry McCubbin, The Spokesman