Media Control


" I have the greatest admiration for your propaganda. Propaganda in the West is carried out by experts who have had the best training in the world -- in the field of advertizing -- and have mastered the techniques with exceptional proficiency ... Yours are subtle and persuasive; ours are crude and obvious ... I think that the fundamental difference between our worlds, with respect to propaganda, is quite simple. You tend to believe yours ... and we tend to disbelieve ours. "

a Soviet correspondent based five years in the U.S.

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"I think democracy fails under a variety of conditions and one of the conditions occurs when people don't have the ability to get the kind of information they need to make up their mind. Ideologically, I don't care much for FOX News. But the truth is that, as long as there are countervailing points of view available on the spectrum, it doesn't matter."

Howard Dean

Corporate Media & Threat to Democracy
Media watch
Propaganda page

Public relations watch
Global Secrets and Lies


Amusing Ourselves to Death - Neil Postman
Corporate Media & Threat to Democracy - McChesney
Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting - David Barsamian
Information War - Nancy Snow

Inventing Reality - Michael Parenti
It's the Media, Stupid - McChesney and Nichols
Manufacturing Consent - N Chomsky/E Herman
Media Control - Noam Chomsky
Media Monopoly, The - Ben Bagdikian
Nation Magazine, The - Selections 1865-1990
Networks of Power-Corporate TV Threat to Democracy

"The Gulf War ... was made popular by an immense propaganda barrage unleashed by the Pentagon, the media, and government, creating an ideological milieu in which 45 percent of the population said it would be prepared to use nuclear weapons against Iraq. Military actions were, transformed into a grotesque national spectacle, a great celebration of war-making."

Carl Boggs

On Bended Knee - Mark Hertsgaard
Our Media Not Theirs - McChesney and Nichols
Pentagon Propaganda Machine, The - J. William Fulbright
Project Censored-annual report on censored stories
Propaganda, Inc. - Nancy Snow

Rich Media, Poor Democracy - Robert McChesney
Toxic Sludge Is Good For You - John Stauber & Sheldon Rampton
Trust Us, We're Experts! - John Stauber & Sheldon Rampton

Twenty Years of Censored News
Unreliable Sources - Normon Solomon
War, Lies & Videotape

Wizards of Media OZ - Normon Solomon

" They just don't come in contact with people not in their [income] bracket. They've lost touch with their community."

Stan Opotowsky of ABC News, about the journalistic elite - On Bended Knee, p81


15 Questions About the "Liberal Media"

Deception and Public Opinion Polling
Media Control - Noam Chomsky
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

"The major media are large corporations, owned by and interlinked with even larger conglomerates. Like other corporations, they sell a product to a market. The market is advertisers - that is, other businesses. The product is audiences, [and] for the elite media, [they're] relatively privileged audiences. So we have major corporations selling fairly wealthy and privileged audiences to other businesses. Not surprisingly, the picture of the world presented reflects the narrow and biased interests and values of the sellers, the buyers and the product."

Noam Chomsky (from Take the Rich Off Welfare)

All The News Fit To Print -- the New York Times (Part 1)
Recognizing Propaganda
Is the Media a Danger to Democracy? - Robert Parry
Global Media Giants: firms that dominate world - Edward S. Herman
Global Media for Global Control - Robert W. McChesney
Media Lapdogs

"The press ... traditionally sides with authority and the establishment."

Sam Donaldson, ABC correspondent - On Bended Knee, p77

Rich Media, Poor Democracy - article - McChesney
Global media, neoliberalism & imperialism - McChesney
"The Press Has Blood on Its Hands" - in Guatemala
Censorship by Execution - Mumia Abu-Jamal
Censorship Within Democratic Societies

"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 and publisher

Book Busters - corporate consolidation in book publishing & selling
The Cost of Survival - Public TV - less public, more corporate
Take Back the Fourth Estate
They Speak
The Politics of News Media

" The cost of being presented as a " responsible and serious candidate" by the media [is] usually to show fundamental agreement with the existing distribution of wealth and power. "

Michael Lerner, philosopher, psychologist, author

Dung on All Their Houses
Media Juggernaut Rolls Into 21st Century
Ready, Aim, Inform
The Media Big Six
Media Censorship & Free Press in America

"In the United States, both the Republican and Democratic Parties, with only a few prominent exceptions, have been and are in the pay of the corporate media and communication giants."

John Nichols and Robert McChesney

Much Ado About Little
Kennard, the Public & the FCC
Global media giants lobbying for privatisation of airwaves
The Pentagon Papers
FCC Moves To Enrich Media Cartel

"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 Chomsky, American linguist and US media and foreign policy critic

[New York] Times Unmasks Protesters (Quebec City)
The Right To Be Heard
Propaganda System Number One
The Media Fall In Line
Read all about it - Wall Street controls your local newspaper
Network of Insiders

"War is caused by elites acting in what they take to be their own interests, institutional violence promulgated by ruling groups for personal gain."

The Nation magazine

The Op-Ed Echo Chamber
Patriotism & Censorship
Fighting a Private War
The Liberal Media Strike Again
Warring with the Coverage of War
Learning to Love Big Brother: George Bush Channels George Orwell
Corporate Control of the Media - Rep. Bernie Sanders

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for enough good men to do nothing."

Edmund Burke

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

" The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought."

Emma Goldman, American anarchist and feminist, 1869-1940

Watchdogs and Lapdogs
A Tale of Two Broadcasters
Free Radio vs the Feds
FCC turns off radio pirates
Post-Monica era, the Media, and the decline of democracy
Making Contact - the National Radio Project

"The modern susceptibility to conformity and obedience to authority indicates that the truth endorsed by authority is likely to be accepted as such by a majority of people, who are innately obedient to authority. This obedience-truth will then become a consensus-truth accepted by many individuals unable to stand alone against the majority. In this way, the truth promulgated by the propaganda system - however irrational - stands a good chance of becoming the consensus, and may come to seem self-evident common sense."

David Edwards, author of Burning All Illusions

PBS and for-profit media
Shams and Triumphs - NY Times & international elections
Private Ryan Saves War
Brave New Media World
Kennard, the Public & the FCC
Journalism and Democracy
Slamming Shut Open Access
Connie Chung - on dissent
News You Can't Trust - public interest in broadcasting

" We are willing to accept lies if they make our lives easier. "

Producer from the TV series "People's Century", opining on why Americans tolerate unjust and inhumane U.S. government policies, at home and abroad

Media Wars and the Rigors of Self-Censorship
The War on Truth
Fear & Favor 2004 [in the newsroom] How power shapes the news (4/05)
Media Assault on Latin America (5/06)
Normalizing the Unthinkable - John Pilger, Robert Fisk, Charlie Glass, and Seymour Hersh on the failure of the world's press (6/06)

"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 Chomsky, American linguist and US media and foreign policy critic

Think Tank watch

Think Tanks in America
Conservative Philanthropies / Think Tanks and US Policy
The Wealthy (Conservative) Think Tanks
The Heritage Foundation Soars
Heritage on the Hill

" Like blackbirds in flight, packs of reporters darken the sky, moving in swarms at the same speed and in predictable trajectory. When one lands, they all land. When one leaves, they all leave.

The programmers and channel controllers from all the stations are part of the same well-paid elite, steeped in the same values, committed to the mission of maximizing audience share and profits. They are chosen for their ability to play the game and not challenge the audience with too many controversial ideas or critical perspectives. It's no surprise that they circulate easily within the commanding heights of media power, moving from company to company and job to job.

A kind of group think corporate consensus, steeped in market logic and deeply inbred by an un-brave news culture, breeds conscience-free conformity and self-censorship.

This makes frightening sense in a globalized economy where consumerism is more desired than active citizenship, where power is increasingly concentrated and the public is increasingly unwelcome in a public discourse defined by the powerful. If your goal is to numb people and drive them away from active participation, then TV as "weapon of mass distraction" and wall to wall entertainment makes sense. Shut up and shop is the now the message, one that makes sense to advertiser dominated media outlets... "

Danny Schechter, Dung on all their Houses, Toward Freedom magazine, December / January 2000

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