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1. A Violent World: TV News Images
2. TV News, Urban Conflict and the
3. Cartoon truth: animated recreations
4. Fighting for Air: In the Trenches
5. Terrorist Spectaculars: Should
6. Free News Apps for Android
7. The Social Construction of International
8. Reality Check: The Unreported
9. Headline Diplomacy: How News Coverage
10. Covering the routine for TV stations.:
11. Making News of Police Violence:
12. Racialized Coverage of Congress:
13. News From Nowhere, or An Epoch
14. Projections of Power: Framing
15. The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning
16. Packaging Terrorism: Co-opting
17. The CNN Effect: The Myth of News,
18. Journalistic Fraud: How the New
19. 60 Minutes: 25 Years of Television's
20. Life's Adventure: Virtual Risk

1. A Violent World: TV News Images of Middle Eastern Terror and War (Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture)
by Nitzan Ben-Shaul
Paperback: 180 Pages (2007-03-06)
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A Violent World analyzes images on global CNN, Israeli IBA, and Palestinian PATV that contribute to how the current violence in the Middle East is framed. Nitzan Ben-Shaul draws from critical media theory and approaches out of cinema studies to examine how dominant ideologies are embedded in mainstream TV news. He focuses on the American elites' global ideology and the conflicting dominant national-peripheral ideologies of Israeli-Palestinian elites, and his in-depth study further offers a new model of analysis for contemporary television news. ... Read more

2. TV News, Urban Conflict and the Inner City (Studies in Communication and Society)
by Simon Cottle
 Hardcover: 252 Pages (1993-06)
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The problems and issues of the inner city, particularly crime and serious disorder, are a constant feature of TV news and current affairs programmes in Britain and overseas. This is a study of journalists, programme makers, and senior corporate managers in a major TV company, the programmes they make and the way in which they present to the public an account of the meaning of inner city conflict. The central concern of the book is the creation of meaning: the construction of beliefs about events, problems, crises and places. The author points out how and why the television media have sustained or undermined opposing political viewpoints on the facts, meanings and, hence, appropriate causes of action relating to inner city disorder. His analysis and conclusions will be of interest to broadcasting and print journalists, students of mass media and communication, sociology and urban policy. Dr Simon Cottle lectures on mass communication at Bath College. He has published on the Rushdie affair, TV news and race and TV audience research. ... Read more

3. Cartoon truth: animated recreations may be the next big thing for the news biz.(Columns)(Column): An article from: Reason
by Greg Beato
 Digital: 5 Pages (2010-10-01)
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This digital document is an article from Reason, published by Reason Foundation on October 1, 2010. The length of the article is 1395 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: Cartoon truth: animated recreations may be the next big thing for the news biz.(Columns)(Column)
Author: Greg Beato
Publication: Reason (Magazine/Journal)
Date: October 1, 2010
Publisher: Reason Foundation
Volume: 42Issue: 5Page: 18(3)

Article Type: Column

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4. Fighting for Air: In the Trenches with Television News
by Liz Trotta
Paperback: 400 Pages (1994-03-01)
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Asin: 0826209521
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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In this piercing look into the grit and the glamour of television news, award-winning journalist Liz Trotta traces her career from the early days of broadcast news to the slick superficiality of today. The first female television correspondent in Vietnam, Trotta tells the searing truth about being a woman in a male-dominated industry and recounts many of her most fascinating stories, from the scandal of Chappaquiddick to the campaign trail of George Bush. Filled with candid, often stinging assessments of the movers and shakers in the industry, Fighting for Air is the story of an uncompromising woman and of television news coming of age--told from the trenches.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!!!
Elizabeth Trotta has spent her entire career in television news. You will not find a better qualified opinion of the current state of that media. She has exposed CBS and NBC (where she has plenty of personal experience) for what they have become. Since she has "blown the whistle" on the mass media, they have attacked her non stop. I also give her an A for putting up with the constant onslaught of criticism for having done so. She tells it like it is.

Why would anyone buy her book if she is such a racist devil pig?
How does she sleep at night?

4-0 out of 5 stars A true pioneer
Trotta was one of the first female war correspondents on television.This book is a must read for her Vietnam reflections as well as her story of what it was like to be a woman in the network "boys club".

5-0 out of 5 stars Trailblazing Journalist
Liz was an awesome reporter in Vietnam; she could get down and dirty in the mud with the troops in an era where talking heads reported from mahogany desks in NYC thousands of miles away. She was honest and conservative in an industry which was devaluing both. Finally she was a woman, one of the first to go into the jungle to get the tough stories. This is a compelling book of a great reporter's life,and the story of an amazing woman.

1-0 out of 5 stars Who is this frau?
Gee, I think Ms. Trotta would like to be given credit for the assassination of an American senator, eh?She would have felt right at home in Nazi Germany, where calling for the death of a political opponent was completely acceptable.

Why are we stuck with these monsters?How can we get them to climb back under their rocks??? ... Read more

5. Terrorist Spectaculars: Should TV Coverage Be Curbed (Twentieth Century Fund Papers)
by Michael J. O'Neill
 Paperback: 109 Pages (1986-12)
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6. Free News Apps for Android
by Mike Haywood
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-09-20)
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Asin: B0043VE07Q
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There are over 70,000 apps on the Android Marketplace. If you are new to Android (or even old), then chances are you have missed a few.

This book compiles summaries of several of the most popular apps in this category, to help you decide which app you need for your phone.

All of the apps in this book are free. While there are a handful of "lite" apps, most of the apps are full featured.

Minute Help Press is building a library of books for people with only minutes to spare. Checkout minutehelpguides.com to find out about current and future books in the Minute Help library. ... Read more

7. The Social Construction of International News: We're Talking about Them, They're Talking about Us
by Philo C. Wasburn
Kindle Edition: 208 Pages (2002-10-31)
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Wasburn compares U.S. commercial news reports on a wide variety of major political events with those produced by the news media of several other nations. Attention is given to contrasting national images of the United States. The events include the Falklands War, the Iran-Iraq War, the Tiananmen Square Uprising, several political assassinations, trade disuputes, the Intifada, and U.S. elections. ... Read more

8. Reality Check: The Unreported Good News About America
by Dennis Keegan, David West
Kindle Edition: 245 Pages (2008-07-29)
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Asin: B001HZYM9M
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Streaming headlines, round-the-clock broadcasts--we live in a world of twenty-four hour news. But lately, most of what we read and hear is either negative, biased, or both. Cutting through the gloomy reports and liberal slant are Dennis Keegan and David West with their brand new book, Reality Check: The Unreported Good News About America. Contrary to what the cynical reporters and politicians say, Keegan and West prove that America is still a shining city on a hill, with a low unemployment rate, high GDP, and enviable democracy. These are not opinions, but facts--based on statistics that the media isn't reporting because of political agendas, industry competition, and limited resources. In Reality Check, Keegan and West cut through the bias and spin to reveal:

* How our twenty-four hour news culture gives us more inaccurate information, not less
* Why the U.S. economy is doing better than we realize
* Why the recent rhetoric and politics of change may do more harm than good

In this age of information saturation, the need to question and critically think about what we're reading and hearing is more important than ever.In Reality Check, Keegan and West show us how to be discerning consumers and why the news about America is much better than the media would have you believe. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Reality Check - the unreported good news in America
Finally! Someone has written a fact based book about the economic engine of America.Both of these authors undertook this endeavor due to the poor teaching and erroneous information their children were getting at some of our finest universities.They decided to gather the FACTS and share them with the rest of us laypeople.Written in a way the average business person could relate to, this book gave me the hope that America was not "dead" and the great evil we are made out to be.It covers a wide range of topics that will help you educate your peers with the "reality" of the world's issues.I have purchased 10 of these books to give to my friends as a 'must read".

5-0 out of 5 stars A Necessary Book
The right way to think about anything is through critical analysis and reasoning. The authors of Reality Check have taken that approach, and it is an excellent read. By focusing on facts rather than perceptions, and weighing ideas against each other, they have provided a refreshing contrast to conventional thinking and misconceptions regarding the important political, economic and social issues of the day. America has its challenges, and things are obviously worse than when the book was published earlier this year, but it remains the best place on earth in terms of freedom andpolitical/economic opportunity, as the authors clearly show.

If nothing else, this book will expand your thinking and worldview about important issues, while providing a refreshing contrast to media distortions. I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truth Will Out!
In a time when the availability of an unprecedented number of sources does not assure accuracy of information, this fully documented and comprehensive coverage of the key issues bearing upon the state of our Union, fills a crying need.
The quality, timeliness and pertinence of this report makes it a must read for all who seek to cut through the morass of politically biased reporting.
You really owe it to yourself to read this book before you choose your candidates this fall.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truth IS Important
Reality Check is a very important book for everyone in this country to read.It does a thorough job of counterbalancing the mythes and lies that are so commonly put forward daily in the news.

As well,it is informational and easily readable for anyone who wants to understand basic economics and how they relate to our personal world.Reality Check is definitely worth the time it takes to read!

5-0 out of 5 stars A refreshing perspective
This book contains information that doesn't seem to be available any place else.It takes a look at the facts on which present day current events are based, and reports the information in an understandable form.So much of the news that is being reported now is based on emotion and feelings that it is difficult for the average person to sift through it all and know what the facts really are.I would recommend that you would read this book if you are interested in knowing how we got where we are as a country and how you can respond with integrity. ... Read more

9. Headline Diplomacy: How News Coverage Affects Foreign Policy
by Philip Seib
Kindle Edition: 208 Pages (1996-11-30)
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Seib explores the many ways in which news coverage shapes the design and implementation of foreign policy. By influencing the political attitudes of opinion-shaping elites and the public at large, the news media can profoundly affect the conduct of foreign policy. Seib's text analyzes important examples of press influence on foreign affairs: the news media's definition of success and failure, as in reporting the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam; how public impatience, fueled by news reports, can pressure presidents, as happened during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81; how presidents can anticipate and control news media coverage, as was done by the Bush administration during the 1991 Gulf War; how press revelation or suppression of secret information affects policy, as in the cases of the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis, and various intelligence operations; how coverage of humanitarian crises affects public opinion; the challenges of live TV coverage; and the changing influence of news in the post-Cold War world. By covering a wide range of issues and examples, this important text will stimulate thoughtful appraisal of the relationships between the news media and those who make policy. It will be of interest to students and scholars in journalism, political communication, and international relations. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Would have been nice if I'd ever gotten it.
I'm 4.5 weeks after ordering it and never got it.The class I bought it for is over next week.

4-0 out of 5 stars A wealth of information
As a self-proclaimed student of how the media impacts decision-making, particularly in political and military matters, I found this book worthwhile and interesting.Although the perspective it offers isn't particularly new, the historical examples offer many insights into the crises America has faced over the past decades and the important role the media has played in them.There are many examples in this book that I haven't seen addressed anywhere else.It really expanded my interest a variety of historical events from our recent past that illuminate how media has impacted political decisions and, at times, been manipulated to assert foreign policy.This is a book you might find a bit dry at the beginning, but by the third chapter, I was thoroughly enjoying it.Great book for anybody who's interested in government and needs a better understanding of its complex relationship with the media. ... Read more

10. Covering the routine for TV stations.: An article from: American Journalism Review
by Lou Prato
 Digital: 4 Pages (1997-06-01)
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This digital document is an article from American Journalism Review, published by University of Maryland on June 1, 1997. The length of the article is 907 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

From the supplier: Metro Video News (MVN) is offering round-the-clock, seven-days-a-week coverage of ordinary news events to television news stations. This service provides video tape without reporters' narration. MVN began in Houston, TX in 1995 and plans to expand into several other large-city markets by the end of 1997. MVN executives feel their service would allow broadcast stations to focus resources on the most significant stories.

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Title: Covering the routine for TV stations.
Author: Lou Prato
Publication: American Journalism Review (Refereed)
Date: June 1, 1997
Publisher: University of Maryland
Volume: v19Issue: n5Page: p46(1)

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11. Making News of Police Violence: A Comparative Study of Toronto and New York City
by Jeffrey Ian Ross
Kindle Edition: 192 Pages (2000-08-30)
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Although many people consider excessive police violence disconcerting, if, when, and how they voice their opinion or respond by taking some sort of action has generally remained empirically unknown. In the hope of understanding this process, Ross has developed a four-stage model, based on a review of the literature and on interviews with the relevant actors. He then uses this tool to analyze police violence that occurred in Toronto, Canada and New York City, over a fifteen-year period. To better focus the study, he uses in-depth case studies of three well-publicized cases of police violence from each city, matched on important criteria. ... Read more

12. Racialized Coverage of Congress: The News in Black and White
by David Niven, Jeremy Zilber
 Kindle Edition: 160 Pages (2000-06-30)
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This examination of the causes, severity, and implications of racially stereotyped media coverage of Congress incorporates original analysis of congressional media coverage and interviews with congressional press staff. The news media often portray African-American members as being primarily interested in race, overly concerned with local matters, and wielding little legislative influence. By contrast, the images African-American members attempt to project of themselves are more complex and comprehensive than the images the media communicate. The authors offer a psychological explanation for this phenomenon, the Distribution Effect, in which those who are numerically rare in an occupation tend to be lumped together rather than treated as individuals. Their findings suggest that it is the media, rather than members of Congress, who are responsible for the racialized images that appear regularly in the press. This results in an advantage for white incumbents trying to attract votes but presents an obstacle to be overcome for African-American politicians. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Like I Am Eternal
The book is written for a 10 year old.It makes no comparitive or analogis explanations for it's points.I like the subject but I really did not want to spend the money or take the time to read a commic book!Additionally, I could live without the foul language found throughout the book. ... Read more

13. News From Nowhere, or An Epoch of Rest
by William Morris
Kindle Edition: 184 Pages (2004-07-01)
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News from Nowhere (1890), William Morris' most famous work, is a utopian picture of a future communist society, depicting a world in which capitalism has been abolished by a workers' revolution, and in which nature and society have become beautiful habitations for humanity. In an era that has seen the collapse of state socialism, Morris' damning critique of this conception, and his positing of a powerful alternative, are compelling reasons for paying attention to this classic of British socialism. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars William Morris' futuristic utopia based on Medieval ideals
William Morris is best known for his involvement in the Pre-Raphaelite movement and as one of the greatest European pattern-designers since the Middle Ages.He was also a campaigning socialist, a pioneering environmentalist, and a lyric poet, as well as a journalist and a storyteller with a penchant for making his dreams reality.Much of his prose writings focused on the theme of an earthly paradise, which is the subject of "News from Nowhere."First published in serial form in the "Commonweal" in 1890, this novella offers Morris' ideal future for England as a pastoral society born out of revolution.A true utopian vision of the future, it is largely forgotten in comparison to the dramatic dystopian works such as "Brave New World" and "Nineteen Eighty-Four," which have dominated the interest of scholars and students.

"News from Nowhere, or, An Epoch of Rest: being some chapters from a Utopian Romance" tells the story of a young Englishman who goes to bed one night in his London home and wakes up in a strange world where his "neighbors" talk about the year 2001 as thought it had happened in the past.Morris depicts an England where radical changes have altered not only the way things look but the key elements of the society, which is now structured according to the ideals of communism.This means a world without money or private property but with a perfect equality between all citizens who share in the daily labor.

In addition to these common features of a utopian society, Morris argues that labor would be regarded as a pleasure rather than as a chore.This is possible because in the ideal world Morris envisions every citizen does the job that matches their skills and is able to take pride in the fruit of their labors.Consequently, for Morris "work" is more akin to "art," specifically in terms of the Medieval idea of individual workmanship, where even the production of a dish was celebrated as an art form.Towards this end Morris creates a future where humanity has eliminated all but the simplest forms of machinery, forcing a reliance on the individual skins of the workman.Even the city of London becomes a collection of villages in this post-industrial utopia.

At one point an old man who had studied the revolution explains what happened, which is where "News from Nowhere" gives Morris the opportunity to comment on the injustices he perceives in his own society.The revolution came when the conflict between workers and the state became violent.Unions had banded together in larger organizations and when the establishment ordered unarmed protesters to be gunned down and the workers decided to fight back.In many ways the story Morris tells through his character clearly predicts some of the conflicts that would take place between labor and the state around the world in the decades to come, but there is also a strong affinity with the story of the French Revolution.

Ultimately, "News from Nowhere" is a combination of Morris' ideal of the Medieval workman as a happy artisan and his socialist beliefs.The irony for utopian scholarship is that while Morris was prompted by "Looking Backward" to write "News from Nowhere" as a refutation of Bellamy's reliance on the modern institutions of technology and complex organizations, but today the two works are seen as being kindred spirits because they both predict a brighter future for humanity.Still, it is became Morris is looking backward from the end of the 19th century to the past to find the ideal state that should be achieved in the future, that "News From Nowhere" is one of the most atypical examples of utopian literature. ... Read more

14. Projections of Power: Framing News, Public Opinion, and U.S. Foreign Policy
by Robert M. Entman
Kindle Edition: 240 Pages (2003-12-15)
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To succeed in foreign policy, U.S. presidents have to sell their versions or framings of political events to the news media and to the public. But since the end of the Cold War, journalists have increasingly resisted presidential views, even offering their own spin on events. What, then, determines whether the media will accept or reject the White House perspective? And what consequences does this new media environment have for policymaking and public opinion?

To answer these questions, Robert M. Entman develops a powerful new model of how media framing works—a model that allows him to explain why the media cheered American victories over small-time dictators in Grenada and Panama but barely noticed the success of far more difficult missions in Haiti and Kosovo. Discussing the practical implications of his model, Entman also suggests ways to more effectively encourage the exchange of ideas between the government and the media and between the media and the public. His book will be an essential guide for political scientists, students of the media, and anyone interested in the increasingly influential role of the media in foreign policy.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Actively Cascading
This treatise on the news will be essential to anyone who is starved for actual knowledgeable analysis of the way the media interacts with the public and with politicians, and who are tired of ignorant and whiny conspiracy theories about liberal (or for that matter, conservative) media. Here Entman builds upon existing theoretical work in mass communications and political science, and advances a reasonably convincingly new model called "cascading activation" to define the media's impact on foreign policy operations. In the process, Entman also supplies some enlightening historical research on rarely-considered events, like the Soviets shooting down a Korean passenger plane in 1983 and the completely different media response to a similar 1988 event in which the Americans shot down an Iranian passenger plane, plus in-depth research into how the American media presented small-scale 1980s military operations in Grenada, Libya, and Panama. Then, of course, there are the matters of 9/11 and the Iraq War, in which the behavior of the media has been far more complex, and less directionally skewed, than pundits would have you believe.

Entman convincingly argues his emerging theory of an interactive, multi-directional relationship among presidential administrations, policy elites, the media, and the public. Important conclusions include how politicians who claim to be supporting public opinion rarely know what that public opinion really is, and that "public opinion" itself should be more accurately labeled "polling opinion" which is simplistic and inaccurate by definition. Ultimately, we find that it is impossible to delineate a one-way relationship among media, public opinion, and policymakers, and that the media are less likely to push an ideological agenda than they are to over-emphasize simplistic jingoism and underplay cases of nuance and ambiguity. So while the media are not completely innocent in affecting public opinion, and therefore policy, neither are they more guilty of bias than all the other parties in the equation. So if you care enough about these issues to seek knowledge on how media discourse really operates, don't listen to simple-minded and opinionated pundits. Unlike those clowns, Entman and his colleagues know what they're talking about. [~doomsdayer520~]

5-0 out of 5 stars An original theory for understanding media power
"Projections of Power" by Robert M. Entman is a scholarly analysis of the media and U.S. foreign policy. Mr. Entman discusses the media's changing role as a critically important intermediator between power, politics and the public. Through a comparative examination of media reporting about several memorable events that occurred both during and after the Cold War, Mr. Entman offers both a penetrating critique of changing media practices and suggests a number of ways that the media might reform for the better.

Mr. Entman proposes an original theory for understanding media power. The author's "cascading activation" model explains how issues are passed down from the White House to elites, news organizations, and the public, as well as how pushback can be activated from lower levels to the top. Mr. Entman explains the importance of framing issues but contends that promoting a particular political objective has become increasingly difficult with the demise of the Cold War. For example, Mr. Entman cites a paradigmatic case where the U.S. and USSR each mistakenly shot down passenger planes in the 1980s; as might be expected, Mr. Entman discovers that the media treated the U.S. incident as a tragic error whereas the USSR was overwhelmingly condemned for an apparent act of evil. Clearly, the media's reporting of events was shaped by the dominant Cold War cultural schema of a public that predominantly believed in a well-intentioned U.S. versus a systemically corrupt USSR. Today however, the author contends that the current Iraq War offers evidence that a more sophisticated Internet-enabled public and media can offer at least some critique of the administration's policies at least some of the time.

However, Mr. Entman offers a sober assessment of the seemingly insignificant role that public opinion plays in influencing foreign policy. Mr. Entman discusses how the Reagan administration manipulated the media to influence public opinion in favor of increased defense spending but did not reduce these expenditures when opinion later swung towards increasing domestic programs. In fact, Mr. Entman shows that political leaders are more concerned about spinning news events to achieve the desired outcome than with fact, concluding that in practice democracy is all but limited to voting. Therefore, Mr. Entman believes that the media would do well to safeguard the public interest by creating "liaison editors" who might be able to better analyze news and construct challenges to administration spin, as well as to have "designated statesmen" available who could articulate opinion on policy matters. The author hopes that these kinds of mechanisms might help to activate resistance to poor policy choices by enlarging the scope of debate within the media.

I highly recommend this interesting and highly readable book to everyone interested in media, politics and democracy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful study of media bias
Robert Entman, Professor of communication and political science at North Carolina State University, has produced a fascinating study of the US media, which is applicable to Britain's media too. Their ruling assumption is that the US state is innocent and benign.

In Chapter Two, he compares the media handling of two similar events: Korean Air Lines 007, shot down by a Soviet jet in 1983, and Iran Air Flight 655, shot down by a US ship in 1988. The first was judged as a murderous attack, `wanton, brutal and deliberate', proof of Soviet moral bankruptcy, portrayed with pictures of the dead and much empathy, outrage and generalisation. The second was seen as a tragic accident, `understandable, mistaken and justified', a technical glitch, described in the passive voice, in abstract language, with no pictures, no generalisation and no blame.

In Chapter Three, Entman looks at the media treatment of the US attacks on Grenada, Libya and Panama. The media presented coherently only the administration's view. Typically, CBS's anchor Dan Rather said they were "not sure exactly what was happening but knowing the teams. It was the US against Qaddafi". Entman concludes, "The analysis demonstrates how journalists served as more or less loyal conduits of U.S. government propaganda in wartime." It seems that the first rule of the US state's news management is `lie early and lie often'.

In Chapter Four, Entman examines the media's `great debate' about the war on Iraq, which, it appears, was between those who wanted war at once and those who wanted war later. 71% of the Americans who appeared on camera were pro-war, just 3% against.

Entman shows how the state portrays the enemy as a threat, then uses a brief `wave of patriotism' to rubbish dissent. The state pretends that it is responding to public opinion, and claims that the media reflect public opinion: both notions support the ruling pretence that the public governs. In Chapter Six, Entman disproves all these myths by showing how the US state, with media assistance, beat back the hugely popular movement for a nuclear freeze.

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15. The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly
by Peter Hart, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
 Kindle Edition: 144 Pages (2003-09-01)
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"Caution: You’re about to enter a no-spin zone" is the warning with which Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly kicks off his no-holds-barred cable news program The O’Reilly Factor every night. O’Reilly is the reigning king of cable news, with a huge lead in the ratings, two best-selling books, and a nationally syndicated radio program.

O’Reilly’s "no-spin" motto is clever marketing—but who’s keeping track of O’Reilly’s own spin? From his support for Bush’s tax cuts and the war with Iraq to his attacks on everything from National Public Radio to "welfare mothers," O’Reilly often contradicts himself and consistently concocts evidence to support his conservative talking points.

His misguided opinions, stated as facts, are often simply wrong, such as his claim that the U.S. "gives far and away more tax money to foreign countries than anyone else . . . Nobody else even comes close to us" (per capita the U.S. is near the bottom of the list for developed countries). Other of his statements are deliberately inflammatory, such as his suggestion that we bomb Libyan civilians in the aftermath of September 11 ("Let them eat sand"). Weeks later O’Reilly denied the sentiment, though he has publicly stated that "If you’re not providing controversy and excitement, people won’t listen or watch."

Following in the footsteps of FAIR’s hit book The Way Things Aren’t: Rush Limbaugh’s Reign of Error, The Oh Really? Factor will use facts, humor, illustrations, and comics to challenge the many absurd, outlandish, and just plain incorrect statements made on one of the U.S.’s most-watched "news" programs. Publication timed to coincide with O’Reilly’s forthcoming book, Who’s Looking Out For You.

Peter Hart is the activism director at FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting), the national media watch group. He is also a co-host and producer of FAIR’s syndicated weekly radio show CounterSpin.

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Customer Reviews (54)

1-0 out of 5 stars dummycrats
ill bet all of you that damn o reilly are democrats---far left wing liberals that are intent on destroying this country--am i right?are you democrats(dummycrats?)--guess ONLY the dummycrats(progressives) answered the review---WHERE are you republicans?!!!AND independants?back me here!

4-0 out of 5 stars OReilly and FOX are evil.
-Good expose about one of the most appalling and insidious creatures in the mass-moron media today and the twisted, right-wing masquerading as centrist network he lies for. Anyone left of Attilla the Hun is "far-left, lunatic fringe" in their view.

1-0 out of 5 stars When at the top of ratings you are the target
Since The Factor (and Fox News) has dominated the cable news ratings (even if you combine CNN, MSN, etc. together) for years, people will always try to make money by targeting the top show.O'Reilly always puts up the "commentary" title (unlike the mainstream media and other cable news networks, i.e., 75% of Americans believe the media slanted their coverage of the recent election to support President-Elect Obama) when puting forth his personal opinion, and if you watch the show he takes on both sides of the issue while still advocating the ethics and values that made the United States a good force in the world.I bought this to see if I was missing something; however, it served to just support my analysis that his show, overall, The Factor is outstanding.

4-0 out of 5 stars Exposing a dishonest opinion maker
This is a terrific book. O'Reilly is a prominent "journalist" whose views are taken seriously by millions of people. Hart shows--repetitively--that O'Reilly is extremely dishonest. I urge any Factor fans who see this review to read Oh, Really. Maybe you'll switch to CNN--OK, I'm being optimistic. No one who reads this book with an open mind can pretend O'Reilly is speaking truth to power.

1-0 out of 5 stars Good Laugh
One thing that Bill O'Reilly always tells his viewer is to read the left, right and in between stuff...so I try to that, but books like this give me a stomach ache.

Since I have actually seen the shows Peter Hart drew his quotes from, I know they were often taken out of context or just not what O'Reilly said at all.

I don't always agree with O'Reilly, but I would rather have him "Looking out for me" than any politician or other pundit.

I often go back and check facts that he has presented,and he is usually right.If he's not, he'll come back the next day and apologize, then give the correct information.

This writer needs to learn what "Fairness" actually means, because he didn't give any of it to O'Reilly.But I guess it's easy to take pot shots at the people at the top.

I just really feel insulted that he thought he could pass this off as true information to people who actually watch the show...and just because an organization is called "Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting" doesn't mean that they don't have their own agenda or are not right out lying.This is the same man who has said that O'Reilly is a racist and that is totally untrue.

So read it and laugh if you want to, but take everything this man writes with a HUGE bit of salt! ... Read more

16. Packaging Terrorism: Co-opting the News for Politics and Profit
by Susan Moeller
Kindle Edition: 248 Pages (2008-12-22)
list price: US$90.95
Asin: B003K16QT0
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Packaging Terrorism investigates how American media have identified and covered international terrorism and violence since September 11, 2001.

  • Compares US coverage with that of British and Arab media
  • Discusses the priorities, assumptions, political debates, deadline pressures and bottom-line considerations that will continue to influence coverage in the future
  • Suggests how terrorism could be better covered by the media going forwards
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5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful news analysis
Susan Moeller has written a "must read" for anyone wanting to understand how the news is presented. The reporting of terrorism forms the backdrop, but the value of this book spreads across all subject matter, providing insight into how and why media present the same information in different ways. Regardless of political persuasion, astute citizens will enjoy this book. ... Read more

17. The CNN Effect: The Myth of News, Foreign Policy and Intervention
by Piers Robinson
Kindle Edition: 192 Pages (2009-02-24)
list price: US$39.95
Asin: B001TXPY8A
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Common man
Piers Robinson has clearly demstrated that he is in touch with the views of the common man, so refreshing to read a theoretical book by a leading academic in his field that is clearly in touch with current thinking. I was pleased to see clear and yet not didactic influence from Chomsky. The book casts no aspersions about the influence Ogonovsky, Winter, Drew et al on the thought process that Robinson has employed in order to reach current conclusions.While Eric Berne describes Transactional Analysis as a humanistic educational psychology, Robinson uses the premise that educational difficulties can be addressed effectively with co-operative goodwill and a coherent theoretical framework which clarifies the human dynamics involved. A fantastic read. Well done Robinson. Good chap ... Read more

18. Journalistic Fraud: How the New York Times Distorts the News and Why It Can No Longer Be Trusted
by Bob Kohn
Kindle Edition: 336 Pages (2003-08-14)
list price: US$25.99
Asin: B000W93S4E
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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For over a hundred years, the New York Times has purported to present straight news and hard facts.  But, as Bob Kohn shows with absolute clarity, the founders' original vision has been hijacked, and today, instead of straight news, readers are given mere editorial under the pretense of objective journalism.  Kohn shows point by point the methods by which the Times' mission has been subverted by the present management--routinely slanting the presentation of the facts in leads, headlines, and placement; utilizing polls, labels, and loaded language to convey particular views, not genuine news; and staffing the newsroom with hacks who manipulate information to further a leftist agenda.  Kohn shows how such fraudulence directly corrupts hundreds of news agencies across the world; and by revealing all their methods of manipulation, he teaches readers how to decipher the slants in even the subtlest of cases, providing an entertaining and enlightening lesson in fraud-busting. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars al-Gore should take heed
It's funny how, by virtue of controlling the media and having the pacifist Euro crowd love you, a lying hypocrite with an agenda can win the Nobel "Peace" Prize, and poor Bob Kohn, with his meticulous research and a VERY noble cause, gets little notice. Welcome to the Orwellian World of 2007.

My father grew up pouring through "The Grey Lady" each day. Like most of his friends, liberal or conservative, he stopped reading this rag a few years back. He didn't need news stories turned into anti-american op-eds by a clever staff of New School alumni lunatics who place, omit, add, and throw in subjective words wherever they find fit, simply to please their left wing elite establishment. Is it any wonder the Muslim Jihadists quote from the NY Crimes? Was the fact that their former ombudsman confirmed an inherent lefty bias not enough? Was the firing of affirmative action reporters who made up stories in their apartment not enough? What else? This paper has less credibility than any of your local weekly fish wraps. Sadly though, since most city papers get their international stories from the Times, and Starbucks and every public or collegiate library has a subscription, these Marxists are still sailing along arrogantly, giving away national security secrets, burying pro-american stories, leading with stories about the "poor Muslims," etc. They are the worst. And looking at the reviews of Kohn's book, you can tell these vapid, negative reviewers did not read it. If they did, they'd never be able to stomach opening that blue bag ever again. Instead, they ignore and spew hatred. A typical quality of leftists.

I penned an article about the NY Crimes last year after I thought they'd hit a new low. (That was before they defaced General Petraus and much else. Hyperlinks were included in original article, but not on Amazon review.)


It has become more and more transparent that the New York Times leans not only left, but far enough away from mainstream America so as to reach out to our enemies in the War on Terror. To then defend themselves,arrogantly acting as if Americans are out of line for doubting their intentions, displays a sort of elitism that is unparalleled even in the long history of "the Grey Lady." With The Times "above the law" mentality, it is noteworthy to look at some of their treasonous publications within the War on Terror.

Here then are the top ten most morale--lowering, disingenuous pieces from the NYT over just the past three years:

10. "The Deaths at Gitmo" (June 12, 2006)

In the world of the Times, anything that makes the American military look juvenile or ruthless makes good copy. The Guantanamo Bay ordeal has been a favorite of theirs for some time. In this long--winded diatribe, the editorial staff laments that so many Gitmo prisoners were never charged with crimes, discusses their despair and blames President Bush for creating this "netherworld."

9. "One month of Abu Ghraib front page stories" (May 1--June 1, 2004)

Two years ago, for the entire month of May, the Times ran at least one story per day, demeaning our troops and federal government for the way the Abu Ghraib prison was run. Each article is linked.

8. "Despite Appeals, Chaos Still Stalks the Sudanese" (July 18, 2004)

Phyllis Chesler's piece entitled, "When you can't say Muslim!" discusses a Times piece (one of many, no doubt) in which the writers tiptoe around sounding politically incorrect and culturally insensitive, refusing to label the terrorists as Arabs or Muslims, much less radical extremists.

7. "The Mystery of the Insurgency" (May 15, 2005)

James Bennet pleads with the Times to cease labeling our mass--murdering enemies "insurgents" and define them properly. Christoper Hitchens also helps makes sense of the Times"multicultural" madness. Needless to say, more than a year later, the Times and the media in general have not acquiesced.

6. "NY Times Blows Cover of Key Counter Terror Agent" (August, 2004).

As reported above by Newsmax. Enough said.

5. "Despite his Troubles, Arafat Endures as a Leader and Symbol"(July 27, 2004)

A little more than three months before his death, the Times' Greg Myre, like Jimmy Carter and too many others, was still lauding the "Palestinian" leader. Although the article is not a hagiography, it does not condemn Arafat, discusses his longevity, and notes, among much else, that "he remains the enduring symbol of Palestinian aspirations to full nationhood."

4. "All the News that's fit to Print?" (March, 2003)

The National Review's Tom Gross discusses at length how the Times picks and chooses which deaths and destructive activities to report and photograph more often, and with more (or less) coverage. He also debunks the oudated myths that the paper is "pro--Israel."

3. "Passive Voice Genocide" (August 3, 2005)

Jason Maoz of the Jewish Press, writing for Front Page Magazine, discusses many of the same mistaken priorities that Gross did two years prior. However, Maoz goes further, discussing the word structure of certain headlines and how they can obfuscate the matters at hand. He concludes by noting the Times' unflappable concerns over dead "Palestinians." Is that really Pro--Israel?

2. "Is the NY Times a Liberal newspaper?" (July 25, 2004)

Daniel Okrent, the former ombudsman of the paper, delicately explains how the Times leans left. He naturally stops short of saying anything insidious, and in a May 2006 interview I heard with him on National Public Radio, he recanted much of this saying he regretted the first few words of his piece: "Of course it is."

1."Shouting Fire in a Crowded Theater" (June 26, 2006)

David Limbaugh's most recent piece featuring the Times' most recent (and perhaps most deplorable) anti--american actions. Limbaugh explains the legal ramifications of the paper's disclosure of secure information, notes the Times' responses and elaborates on the long--term effects on this story.

Basically, as you can especially deduce from the recent pieces that harass the Bush Administration, aid our enemies, and betray America's trust, the Times shows the hypocritical propensity to clamor for certain checks and balances on the executive branch, yet turn a silent ear toward those same checks upon the legislative, judicial and, of course, themselves. That, along with their recalcitrance to call the enemy by name and denounce his actions, explains why so many Americans no longer trust the Times as a viable source of news.

1-0 out of 5 stars This man is a joke.
As anyone who watches Scarborough Country on MSNBC can tell you, this man has zero credibility. He regularly gets caught on air lying and making up and distorting facts. He is also prone to outrageous temper tantrums that would make the most ill-behaved child embarrassed to watch.

Based on the man's questionable character, the chances aren't very good that this book has any sort of factual basis whatsoever.

There is a reason this book is selling for thrity-two cents.

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful book
I could not get further than a quarter through this book -- but one doesn't need to eat a whole rotten apple to know it's bad. This author started out with a premise he wanted to prove, then cherry-picked facts out of context to "prove" them. This is sloppy logic that isn't even clever enough to disguise its brazen right wing agenda to "discredit" legitmate journalism. As Stephen Colbert said, "reality has a well-known liberal bias". Ordinarily it might be suggested that these kinds of poorly written, biased books are corrosive to the democratic foundation of our country, were it not for the fact that it isn't even very good at what it attempts to do. This book is likely to appeal only to those already converted to radical right wing conservatism. For those of us still prefering to live in fact-based reality: run.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written screed that doesn't prove its thesis
I'm sorry - this guy has an ax to grind - that's what it comes down to, end of story. Also, fault it too, for being incredibly, annoyingly repetitive. Mr. Kohn, hey you tried, but you didn't make your case. Your agenda is what shines through more than any compelling logic. The NY Times remains the paper of record, while you, sir, remain a has been, sorry, make that "never was" and a partisan hack. Avoid this poor excuse to fell trees at all costs and do something productive instead.

1-0 out of 5 stars I've been Frauded
The interesting thing about this book is that its' meticulously researched, but poorly written and annoyingly repetitive. Kohn is not a journalistor a college professor, but simply a "concerned reader" with a vendetta against NYT editors and current Times publisher for "ruining" his paper.
I cannot question his research. It is impeccable, but the text presented isn't - its' repetitive, monotonous and downright tiresome. It doesn't help that Kohn likes reminding you of his thesis statement several times per page lest we suddenly forgetmid-paragraph. ... Read more

19. 60 Minutes: 25 Years of Television's Finest Hour
by Frank Coffey
 Hardcover: 304 Pages (1993-09)
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20. Life's Adventure: Virtual Risk in a Real World
Kindle Edition: 152 Pages (2000-05-31)
list price: US$44.95
Asin: B001F0RLUQ
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We live in a dangerous world. Numerous hazards can strike us down from infectious diseases and genetic disorders to food poisoning and car crashes. Furthermore, the advances in information technology enable consumers to be more aware of these problems as the latest data on new hazards is spun around the world in a matter of seconds.

As part of the opinion forming sector (as a think tank researcher and opinion editorial writer) Roger Bate has contributed to this information exchange. His writing over the past five years, as reflected in this book, has focussed on 5 key themes:

1. Hazards are as likely to come from natural as from man-made substances.
2. The linear no-threshold hypothesis is rubbish (i.e. the dose makes the poison).
3. An entire industry has developed to scare us into stopping certain activities, or making us feel guilty for continuing them, or lobbying to have them banned by government.
4. The public are quite capable of making decisions that involve complex trade-offs if only we would let them; indeed not letting them causes enormous problems as government bodies do not have the dispersed knowledge to do this, and are subject to interest group pressure.
5. There are innumerable benefits, as well as costs, from risk taking.

Most articles concerning risk avoid mentioning any of the above five themes.

The articles for this book were originally published in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economic Affairs, and The Sunday Times. An introduction will draw all the articles together.

Up to date discussion of current issues and scientific controversies.
Covers five key themes that most articles on risk do not mention. ... Read more

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