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"A 1992 study conducted by the Center for the Study of Communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst found that people who watched a lot of TV news had more incorrect answers regarding facts of the day than those who watched very little TV news."

Lisa Pease, The Assassinations


Amusing Ourselves to Death - Neil Postman
Bad News - The Decline of Reporting - Tom Fenton
Censored Foreign Policy stories - Project Censored

Conglomerates and the Media - Erik Barnouw, et al
Corporate Media & Threat to Democracy - McChesney
Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting - David Barsamian
How To Watch TV News - Neil Postman and Steve Powers
Information War - Nancy Snow

Inventing Reality - Michael Parenti
It's the Media, Stupid - McChesney and Nichols
George Seldes Reader, The - Randolph T. Holhut

Global Media - the No-Nonsense guide - Peter Steven

"The majority of people believe in incredible things which are absolutely false. The majority of people daily act in a manner prejudicial to their general well-being."

Ashley Montagu, American anthropologist

Manufacturing Consent - N Chomsky/E Herman
Media Control - Noam Chomsky
Media Monopoly, The - Ben Bagdikian
Nation Magazine, The - Selections 1865-1990
Necessary Illusions

Networks of Power-Corporate TV Threat to Democracy - Dennie Mazzocco
New Media Monopoly, The - Ben Bagdikian

News About the News, The - Leonard Downie and Robert Kaiser
On Bended Knee - Mark Hertsgaard
Our Media Not Theirs - McChesney and Nichols
Pentagon Propaganda Machine, The - J. William Fulbright
Problem of the Media, The - Robert McChesney

Project Censored-annual report on censored stories
Propaganda - Edward Bernays (1928)

Propaganda, Inc. - Nancy Snow

"Politicians and the media have conspired to infantilize, to dumb down, the American public. At heart, politicians don't believe that Americans can handle complex truths, and the news media, especially television news, basically agrees."

Tom Fenton, former CBS foreign correspondent

Republican Noise Machine, The - David Brock
Rich Media, Poor Democracy - Robert McChesney
Static - Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders and the People Who Fight Back - Amy Goodman and David Goodman

Stenographers to Power - media and propaganda - David Barsamian interviews
Through the Media Looking Glass - Jeff Cohen & Norman Solomon
Toxic Sludge Is Good For You - John Stauber & Sheldon Rampton
Tragedy & Farce - Robert McChesney and John Nichols

Trust Us, We're Experts! - John Stauber & Sheldon Rampton
Twenty Years of Censored News - Project Censored / Peter Phillips
Unreliable Sources - Normon Solomon
War, Lies & Videotape - International Action Center
What Liberal Media? - Eric Alterman
What the People Know - Freedom and the Press - Richard Reeves

Wizards of Media OZ - Normon Solomon

"In [Aldous] Huxley's [Brave New World] vision ... people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

What [George] Orwell [1984] feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture..."

Neil Postman


Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy
Methods of Media Manipulation - Michael Parenti

PBS and for-profit media
Global Media
9 Global Media Giants
What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream?- Chomsky
Watchdogs and Lapdogs

Challenging the Media Machine
Reflection of The WorId
The New Global Media
Broadcast Priorities
Fear Factor (4/04)
Take Public Broadcasting Back (5/05)

Time to Unplug the CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) (10/05)
Take Back the Airwaves (4/07)

"It's an obscene comparison, but there was a time in South Africa when people would put flaming tires around people's necks if they dissented. In some ways, the fear is that you will be necklaced here, you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. It's that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions and to continue to bore in on the tough questions so often. again."

CBS anchor Dan Rather about George W. Bush's Iraq War

Who Gets To Be Heard

Conservative Top 40 Commentators
Heritage on the Hill
Think Tanks in America
Conservative Philanthropies / Think Tanks and US Policy
The Wealthy (Conservative) Think Tanks
Citizen Kane on Steroids-Berlusconi wins, democracy loses Italy
In Iraq crisis, networks are megaphones for official views
How Public is Public Radio? - A study of NPR's [National Public Radio] guest list (6/04)
Our Democracy, Our Airwaves Act (7/04)
A Televisual Fairyland - US Media Disciplined by Corporate America (1/05)

Journalists, not Activists - Steve Wilson, Jane Akre & Fox News (7/05)
The Tragic Blindness Of The Embedded BBC - White Phosphorus, Fallujah And Unreported Atrocities (11/05)
War-Loving Pundits (3/06)
Are You on the NewsHour's Guestlist? (10/06)
Beginning of the End of America - Keith Olbermann Addresses the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (10/06)
Fair and Balanced, My Ass! The Bizarre Reality of Fox News (6/07)
Big Media Steals 5,100 Digital TV Channels (7/08)

"A 2003 Gallup survey found 31 percent of respondents receiving their news every day or several times a week from talk radio... The largest personality-centered shows are all conservative: Rush Limbaugh has 14.5 million regular listeners, followed by Sean Hannity (11.8 million), and Michael Savage (7 million) (De la Vina 2004)... By the mid-1990s, regular talk radio listeners constituted around 20 percent of U.S. voting adults (Barker and Knight 2000)."

Jose Padin and Shelley Smith

Low-Power Radio

A Tale of Two Broadcasters
Free Radio vs the Feds
FCC turns off radio pirates
Micro-powered radio in Haiti
Free speech vs. FCC
Microradio Broadcasting: Aguascalientes of the Airwaves

"Our politics, religion, news, athletics, education and commerce have been transformed into congenial adjuncts of show business, largely without protest or even much popular notice. The result is that we are a people on the verge of amusing ourselves to death."

Neil Postman

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