By Danny Schechter
There have been wars happening in Iraq—one fought with armies of squaddies, bombs, and fearsome army strength. the opposite was once fought along it with cameras, satellites, armies of reporters, and propaganda innovations. One conflict was once rationalized as an attempt to discover and disarm WMDs—Weapons of Mass Destruction; the opposite used to be performed by way of much more strong WMDs, guns of Mass Deception.
Veteran journalist and media watcher Danny Schechter, a former ABC and CNN manufacturer, monitored and now analyzes the cheerleading for a battle within which reporting was once sanitized, staged, and suppressed. the writer of Media Wars: information at a Time of Terror, The extra You Watch the fewer you recognize, and information Dissector, brings an insider’s wisdom in keeping with thirty years in journalism with an outsider’s viewpoint to critiquing media insurance. through the struggle he used to be "self-embedded" at Mediachannel.org, the world’s biggest on-line media matters network.
Schechter’s insightful, wide-ranging critique of the yankee media’s warfare assurance pursuits the best way a digital merger among the Pentagon and the media produced a struggle spectacle that the yankee public was once primed to work out, media collusion within the crusade to discredit the UN, "rightwing liberation theology" as battle propaganda, the comfortable dating among information anchors and retired officials employed as army analysts, the controversies over Peter Arnett and Geraldo Rivera, the looting of Baghdad, the shortcoming of media concentrate on civilian casualties, the disparities in insurance among U.S. and overseas media, and more.
Schechter’s nerve-racking indictment of the main media as purveyors of infotainment rather than information will function a warning call to reporters, media critics, and everybody who cares a couple of well-informed citizenry because the foundation of democracy.