All the news that didn't make the news--from two decades of bird-dogging the media! Here are over 200 of the most censored and vital news stories that were largely neglected by the mass media when they were timely, and what has happened to them since. Jensen not only reports on the issues behind the news stories, but he follows the stories behind ...
All the news that didn't make the news--from two decades of bird-dogging the media! Here are over 200 of the most censored and vital news stories that were largely neglected by the mass media when they were timely, and what has happened to them since. Jensen not only reports on the issues behind the news stories, but he follows the stories behind the stories, analyzing the ways in which corporate capitalism, "herd mentality", and laziness combine to influence and direct levels of media involvement. Illustrations.
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-10-13 As a professor of communications studies at Sonoma State University in California, Jensen (CensoredæThe News That Didn't Make the News and Why, 1900-1996) founded Project Censored, a media research project that has drawn as judges the likes of Noam Chomsky, Hugh Downs, Jessica Mitford and Bill Moyers. In this examination of print and electronic news coverage from 1976 through 1996, each chapter opens with the Associated Press's list of the 10 most important stories of the year, followed by Project Censored's list of the 10 most significant stories ignored by the mainstream media. The book contends, for example, that during 1994 "the news media flooded America with O.J. Simpson sensationalism," while a host of domestic issues were overlooked (e.g., the EPA's retreat on the ozone crisis, the resurgence of TB). The text demonstrates a pattern of media outlets wary of offending large corporations, of government agencies withholding or distorting stories and of a military causing more environmental pollution than the corporate offenders. Parenti controversially charges in his introduction, "Media bias... [favors] management over labor, corporations over corporate critics, affluent whites over inner-city poor, officialdom over protesters." The text is supplemented by stinging and witty cartoons by Tom Tomorrow. (Dec.)
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