Media Watch

"There is no such thing in America as an independent press, unless it is in the country towns.

You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to writes (sic) his honest opinions, and if you did you know beforehand that it would never appear in print.

I am paid one hundred and fifty dollars a week for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with--others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things--and any of you who would be so foolish as to write his honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job.

The business of the New York journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his race and his country for his daily bread.

You know this and I know it, and what folly is this to be toasting an "Independent Press."

We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping-jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."

John Swinton, editor of the New York Tribune, in the 1880s, at a banquet of his fellow editors

Excerpted books - alphabetical

Excerpted books - by subject

Media Page - magazines, programs, publishers, organizations

Progressive media web sites

Common Courage Press - Political Literacy Course

"One of the intentions of corporate-controlled media is to instill in people a sense of disempowerment, of immobilization and paralysis. Its outcome is to turn you into good consumers. It is to keep people isolated, to feel that there is no possibility for social change."

David Barsamian, journalist

Books on Media

Project Censored -- censored US Foreign Policy news stories

Our Media, Not Theirs - Robert W. McChesney & John Nichols

Rich Media, Poor Democracy - Robert W. McChesney

Media Control - Noam Chomsky

Wizards of Media OZ - book by Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon

No Mercy - How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America's Social Agenda

The News About the News - American Journalism in Peril


Manufacturing Consent in America
Project X, drugs and death squads

Media Censorship and a Free Press In America
Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy
Methods of Media Manipulation - Michael Parenti
Inventing Reality - Michael Parenti
Beyond Hypocrisy - Edward Herman
All The News Fit To Print - New York Times (I) - Herman
All The News Fit To Print - New York Times (II) - Herman
All The News Fit To Print - New York Times (III) - Herman

"Give war a chance."

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, about the US/NATO bombing of Yugoslavia

The Press Devours Its Own
Post-Monica era, the Media, and the decline of democracy
PBS and for-profit media
Shams and Triumphs - NY Times & international elections
Project X, drugs and death squads
Media & New World Order
Consent American Style
Global Media
9 Global Media Giants
What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream?- Chomsky
Watchdogs and Lapdogs
Private Ryan Saves War - Zinn
Challenging the Media Machine
Establishment Newspapers Do Damage Control for the CIA
Reflection of The WorId
The New Global Media
What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream


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
The Hypocrisy of George Will

Alternatives to the Mainstream Media

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

Making Contact - the National Radio Project

Media Censorship