The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media: Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News

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9781567511543: The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media: Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News

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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From the Publisher:

"The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media" is the winner of the 1999 George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. The award was announced by the National Council of Teachers of English in November 1999.

About the Author:

Norman Solomon writes the nationally syndicated "Media Beat" column. With Jeff Cohen, he is co-author of three highly successful earlier collections, Adventures in Medialand, Through the Media Looking Glass and Wizards of Media Oz. His latest book, The Trouble with Dilbert, made headlines and sparked controversy from coast to coast.

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