The Politics of News Media
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York, USA
Year Published: 1993
Pages: 274pp ISBN: 0-312-02013-9
Library of Congress Number: PN4888.P6P37 1992 Dewey: 302.23'0973-dc20
Parenti sets out to demonstrate how the news media distort important aspects of social and political life and why they do.
Table of Contents
1. From Cronkite's Complaint to Orwell's Oversight
Whom to Believe?
Cronkite and Other Critics
Class, Race, and Gender
Imagine Politics and Conservative Bias
Do the Media Manage Our Minds?
Beyond Orwell's 1984
2. "Freedom of the Press Belongs to the Man Who Owns One"
A Favored Few
Many Voices, One Chorus
3. What Controls the News?
Calling the Tune: Owners
Calling the Tune: Advertisers
On the Line: Editors
The Ruling Culture
Suppressing the News
4. Objectivity and Government Manipulation
The Myth of Objectivity
Not Enough Time, Space, and Money?
Is it All Economics?
5. The Big Sell
The Consumer Ideology
Selling the System
Public Service for Private Interests
Even Sports and Weather
6. Giving Labor the Business
Business over Labor
Nice bosses, Crazy Strikers
The Invisible Worker
7. "Liberal" Media, Conservative Bias
Creating a "Conservative Mood"
Populist Electorate, Conservative
Pundits to the Right
How to Discredit Protesters
8. The Media Fight the Red Menace
Enter the Red Menace
The Cold War
The Creation of Joe McCarthy
Twists and Turns
Celebrating the Collapse of Communism
9. Doing the Third World
The Vietnam Apology
Murder in Chile
Stomping on Grenada
10. For the New World Order
The "Totalitarian" Sandinistas
A Devil in Panama
Celebrating the Massacre for Iraq
11. Propaganda Themes
American Virtue and "Anti-Americanism"
The Nonexistence of Imperialism
"Moderate Authoritarian" Regimes
Evil, Power-Hungry Leftists
Democracy Is in the Eyes of the Beholder
"Inferior" Peoples and Their Hopeless Ways
12. Methods of Misrepresentation
Selectivity and Deliberate Omission
Lies and Face-Value Transmission
Framing and Labeling
The Greying of Reality
13. Culture, Control, and Resistance
Capitalism and Culture
The Limits of Orthodoxy
Credibility and the "Liberal Bias"
Between Conspiracy and Culture
The Conflict Within
Appendix: A Guide to Alternative Media