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Professor Edward S. Herman wrote the book on news media propaganda.

“The dramatic changes in the economy, the communications industries, and politics over the past dozen years have tended on balance to enhance the applicability of the propaganda model. The first two filters–ownership and advertising–have become ever more important. The decline of public broadcasting, the increase in corporate power and global reach, and the mergers and centralization of the media, have made bottom-line considerations more influential both in the United States and abroad. The competition for advertisers has become more intense and the boundaries between editorial and advertising departments have weakened further. Newsrooms have been more thoroughly incorporated into transnational corporate empires, with budget cuts and even less management enthusiasm for investigative journalism that would challenge the structure of power (Herman and McChesney, 1997). In short, the professional autonomy of journalists has been reduced.”

Manufacturing Consent (Film)

See also:

The Century of the Self

Psywar

PS

Here it is in action.

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“The U.S. invasion of Iraq was the most widely and closely reported war in military history. Television network coverage was largely pro-war and viewers were six times more likely to see a pro-war source as one who was anti-war. The New York Times ran a number of articles describing Saddam Hussein’s attempts to build weapons of mass destruction. The 8 September 2002 article titled “U.S. Says Hussein Intensifies Quest for A-Bomb Parts” would be discredited, leading The New York Times to issue a public statement admitting it was not as rigorous as it should have been.”

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  1. […] So there’s a sampling of the professional response to a deeply meaningful film about class inequality and extreme poverty, the inherent unfairness of today’s very real global system.  Of course the film isn’t perfect, and tastes really do vary – I know that more than anyone –  but there are larger agendas at work here.  The people who hold these positions of cultural criticism really, really want to keep them.  That means they are part of the club.  That’s how they are trained, and that’s why they are hired.  Chomsky and Herman elaborated on this in Manufacturing Consent. […]

  2. […] is academic. It is a fait accompli, and has been the status quo for the entire modern age. See Manufacturing Consent if you’re unfamiliar with the way corporate media churns out one-sided foreign policy […]

  3. […] is academic. It is a fait accompli, and has been the status quo for the entire modern age. See Manufacturing Consent if you’re unfamiliar with the way corporate media churns out one-sided foreign policy […]

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