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Reece Ehrlich on The Real News
Iran is not a Twitter revolution
The uprising crosses all classes, it is neither the result of Internet access nor of CIA involvement



John Pilger, September 24, 2008
The new world order -
the silence is a lie

David Barstow, New York Times, April 20, 2008
Behind TV analysts, Pentgon's hidden hand
Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance, an examination by The New York Times has found.

Niels Harrit, March 16, 2008
9/11 - A roadblock or shortcut to peace and democracy?

Nikolai Lanine & MediaLens, January 9, 2008
Invasion - a comparison of Soviet and We
stern media performance
The standard Western association of thought control with totalitarian societies is a red herring. In fact, thought control is far more characteristic of ‘democratic’ societies - where state violence is no longer an option, propaganda comes into its own.



Roy J. Eidelson, Eidelson Consulting
The Drums of War
Education on how the psychology of war works - very pedagogic. How do they get away with persuading us?

William Pfaff, September 17, 2007
Jonathan Power's book "Conundrums" - A Review
"His is a powerful and comprehensive statement of ways to make the world better.Is that worth the Nobel Prize? I say, why not?"

Scott Ritter, truthdig, September 6, 2007
Reporting from Baghdad
A devastating account of CBS's and other media corporations biased, dependent way of covering Iraq - and covering up reality..., August 22, 2007
Fox News attacks Iran
Would you believe this propaganda..? If this is the free press som self-censorship would be nice...

John Pilger,
Freedom Next Time
Pilger talks about his book with that title.

Tony Blair, The Independent, June 13, 2007
The Full Speech: 'The media is a feral beast, tearing people to pieces'
On the eve of his departure, Blair makes stinging attack on 'sensationalist' media. I do believe this relationship between public life and media is now damaged in a manner that requires repair. The damage saps the country's confidence and self-belief; it undermines its assessment of itself, its institutions; and above all, it reduces our capacity to take the right decisions, in the right spirit for our future.

Unspeak, June 13, 2007
What is Unspeak?
This blog follows on from the book Unspeak, which analyses state-of-the-art rhetorical weaponry, from community through sound science and ethnic cleansing to the war on terror: How words become weapons, how weapons become a message, and how that message becomes reality...persuding by stealth!

Josh Rushing, ICH, June 2007
Spin: The Art of Selling War
Directed by Josh Rushing, a veteran Marine Corps media spokesman, "SPIN: The Art of Selling War" is an investigative documentary that looks at the standard justification for going to war by the American administrations of past and present.

Uffe Geerten, 1. juni 2007
Danmarks Radio og andre: Venstredrejet om Irak-krigen?
Geertsen gennemgår en række danske uvildige medieanalyser og konkludere at det nærmest var tværtimod og at regeringens censurforsøg faktisk er lige skrapt nok!

Ulf Johansson, Göteborgs-Posten, 16:e maj, 2007
Den outtrötliga reportern i Beirut
Den brittiske journalisten Robert Fisk är utmattad efter att ha skrivit Mellanösterns moderna, och tragiska, historia. I 31 år har han bevakat regionen. Att han ännu är i livet är ett smärre mirakel.

Steve Lendman, May 3, 2007
Worthy and unworthy victims
We wage perpetual wars for an elusive peace in the name of democracy, human rights and justice for all we preach but don't practice. We get manipulating false notions of exceptionalism and moral superiority giving us special rights and obligations to spread our way of life to others hiding our darker imperial agenda.
This essay shows its effects on real people - those going along are "worthy" and those who don't or don't matter are "unworthy unpeople."

GlobalIssues, May 1, 2007
Corporate influence in the media
The concern is when there is a concentration of ownership due to the risk of increased economic and political influence that can itself be unaccountable...a terrific collections of argument, information and links to the best analyses.

GlobalIssues, April 2007
Media in the United States
In recent times, the American media has been plagued with all sorts of problems including, sliding profits, scandals about manipulation, plagiarism, and propaganda, falling readership in the press, “dumbing down”, and so on. An excellent collection of links with essential comments by Anup Shah.

FAIR, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
March 19, 2007
Iraq and the Media. A Critical Time Line
This timeline is an attempt to recall some of the worst moments in journalism, from the fall of 2002 and into the early weeks of the Iraq War. It is not an exhaustive catalog, but a useful reference point for understanding the media's performance.

Information Clearing House, February 6, 2007
Iraq: The Hidden War
"Iraq: The Hidden Story" shows the footage used by TV news broadcasts, and compares it with the devastatingly powerful uncensored footage of the aftermath of the carnage.
In this film, Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow, questions whether these reports are sugar-coating the bloody reality of war under the US-led occupation

Peter Brock's 2006 book
Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting
Journalism and Tragedy in Yugoslavia

Foreword by David Binder
Here Binder's presentation of Brock:
Former NY Times Reporter: '93 Pulitzer
Should Be Revoked





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