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The Myth of a Liberal Media

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Quote:"Expecting FOX News to report real news is about as silly as waiting for George Bush and Dick Cheney to tell the truth... Americans care, but it's tough to care when you don't know what's going on. That ignorance is what the warmakers count on and what the corporate media delivers."Amy GoodmanQuote:"Media criticism does exist in America. But by and large, it is not citizen-based criticism designed to make media a better source of information in a democracy. Instead, it is a cynical manipulation of the discourse designed to silence even the mildest dissent from the conservative, militantly pro-corporate dogma that has come to pass for news in an era when "reporters" brag about the size of their American-flag lapel pins."Robert McChesney and John NicholsQuote:"The media want to maintain their intimate relation to state power. They want to get leaks, they want to get invited to the press conferences. They want to rub shoulders with the Secretary of State, all that kind of business. To do that, you've got to play the game, and playing the game means telling their lies, serving as their disinformation apparatus."Noam ChomskyQuote:"The media serve the interests of state and corporate power, which are closely interlinked, framing their reporting and analysis in a manner supportive of established privilege and limiting debate and discussion accordingly."Noam ChomskyQuote:"For the media owners, allegations of a liberal bias make it easier for them to impose the conservative bias they prefer. For the pseudoliberals who work in the media system, confessing to a liberal bias is far more comfortable than admitting that they've sold out their beliefs for a nice salary. It's only because the mainstream media is so conservative that all these right-wing pundits can make accusations of liberal bias without opposition."John K . Wilson Edited by: Dissident Heart at: 9/29/04 3:25 pm
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A Propaganda Model

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Quote:"Using a propaganda model, we would not only anticipate definitions of worth based on utility, and dichotomous attention based on the same criterion, we would also expect the news stories about worthy and unworthy victims (or enemy and friendly states) to differ in quality. That is, we would expect official sources of the United States and its client regimes to be used heavily-and uncritically-in connection with one's own abuses and those of friendly governments, while refugees and other dissident sources will be used in dealing with enemies. We would anticipate the uncritical acceptance of certain premises in dealing with self and friends-such as that one's own state and leaders seek peace and democracy, oppose terrorism, and tell the truth-premises which will not be applied in treating enemy states. We would expect different criteria of evaluation to be employed, so that what is villainy in enemy states will be presented as an incidental background fact in the case of oneself and friends. What is on the agenda in treating one case will be off the agenda in discussing the other. We would also expect great investigatory zeal in the search for enemy villainy and the responsibility of high officials for abuses in enemy states, but diminished enterprise in examining such matters in connection with one's own and friendly states."Manufacturing ConsentA Propaganda Modelexcerpted from the bookManufacturing Consentby Edward S. Herman and Noam ChomskyPantheon Books, 1988www.thirdworldtraveler.co...Model.html Edited by: Dissident Heart at: 9/29/04 2:22 pm
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The Myth of the Liberal Media

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(Click on the Real Player link to get a short preview of the video below!)The Myth of the Liberal MediaThe Propaganda Model of News Featuring Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman(1997)Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the "liberal media." Instead, utilizing a systematic model based on massive empirical research, they reveal the manner in which the news media are so subordinated to corporate and conservative interests that their function can only be described as that of "elite propaganda.""If you want to understand the way a system works, you look at its institutional structure. How it is organized, how it is controlled, how it is funded."-Noam Chomsky"The Mainstream media really represent elite interests, and what the propaganda model tries to do is stipulate a set of institutional variables, reflecting this elite power, that very powerfully influence the media."-Edward HermanPart 1: The Filters of News The propaganda model and agenda setting / The ownership filter / The advertising filter / The sourcing filter / The flak filter Part 2: Domestic Issues The healthcare debate / The attack on social programs / The coverage of labor and businessPart 3: International Issues Anti-Communisim and Market Celebration / Dictators and DemocracyProfessor Justin Lewis of Cardiff University provides background and contextual information for Chomsky and Herman's original research.www.mediaed.org/videos/Co...ralMedia/# Edited by: Dissident Heart at: 9/29/04 2:24 pm
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The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes video documentaries to encourage critical thinking and debate about the relationship between media ownership, commercial media content, and the democratic demand for free flows of information, diverse representations of ideas and people, and informed citizen participation.www.mediaed.org/videos/index_html
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Quote:I began hosting Democracy Now! in 1996, when it was launched as the only daily election show in public broadcasting. Listener response was enormous. Suddenly the daily struggles of ordinary people -- workers, immigrants, artists, the employed and the unemployed, those with homes and those without, dissidents, soldiers, people of color -- were dignified as news. I call it trickle-up journalism. These are the voices that shape movements -- movements that make history. These are people who change the world just as much as generals, bankers and politicians. They are the mainstream, yet they are ignored by the mainstream media. After the 1996 election, we decided to continue the show as a daily grassroots political newshour. When the media began beating the drums of war after September 11, 2001, Democracy Now! expanded to television and became the largest public media collaboration in the country. We now broadcast on hundreds of community radio and public access TV stations, beam out over satellite television and stream on the Internet at DemocracyNow.org. Why has Democracy Now! grown so quickly? Because of the deafening silence in the mainstream media around the issues -- and the people -- that matter most. People are now confronting the most important issues of the millennium: war and peace, life and death. Yet, who is shaping the discourse? Generals, corporate executives and government officials. In a media landscape where there are more channels than ever, the lack of any diversity of opinion is breathtaking -- and boring. As my colleague Juan Gonzalez often says, "You can surf through hundreds of channels before you realize there is nothing on TV." In a society where freedom of the press is enshrined in the Constitution, our media largely acts as a megaphone for those in power. That's why people are so hungry for independent media -- and are starting to make their own.An excerpt from Amy Goodman's book Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them.
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The Propaganda Model

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The Propaganda ModelWhat is the propaganda model and how does it work? The crucial structural factors:
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