“In this compelling inquiry, Danny Schechter vividly captures two wars: the one observed by embedded journalists and some who chose not to follow that path, and the ‘carefully planned, tightly controlled and brilliantly executed media war that was fought alongside it,’ a war that was scarcely covered or explained, he rightly reminds us. That crucial failure is addressed with great skill and insight in this careful and comprehensive study, which teaches lessons we ignore at our peril.”
– Noam Chomsky
“Once again, Danny Schechter has the goods on the Powers That Be. This time, he’s caught America’s press puppies in delicto, ‘embed’ with the Pentagon. Schechter tells the tawdry tale of the affair between officialdom and the news boys—who, instead of covering the war, covered it up. How was it that in the reporting on the ‘liberation’ of the people of Iraq, we saw the liberatees only from the gun hole of a moving Abrams tank? Schechter explains this later, lubricious twist, in the creation of the frightening new Military-Entertainment Complex.”
– Greg Palast, BBC reporter and author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
There were two wars going on in Iraq—one fought with armies of soldiers, bombs, and fearsome military force. The other was fought alongside it with cameras, satellites, armies of journalists, and propaganda techniques. One war was rationalized as an effort to find and disarm WMDs—Weapons of Mass Destruction; the other was carried out by even more powerful WMDs, Weapons of Mass Deception.
Veteran journalist and media watcher Danny Schechter, a former ABC and CNN producer, monitored and now analyzes the cheerleading for a war in which reporting was sanitized, staged, and suppressed. The author of Media Wars: News at a Time of Terror, The More You Watch the Less You Know,
and News Dissector,
brings an insider’s knowledge based on thirty years in journalism with an outsider’s perspective to critiquing media coverage. Throughout the war he was “self-embedded” at Mediachannel.org,
the world’s largest online media issues network.
Schechter’s insightful, wide-ranging critique of the American media’s war coverage targets the way in which a virtual merger between the Pentagon and the media produced a war spectacle that the American public was primed to see, media collusion in the campaign to discredit the UN, “rightwing liberation theology” as war propaganda, the cozy relationship between news anchors and retired officers hired as military analysts, the controversies over Peter Arnett and Geraldo Rivera, the looting of Baghdad, the lack of media focus on civilian casualties, the disparities in coverage between U.S. and foreign media, and more.
Schechter’s disturbing indictment of the major media as purveyors of infotainment instead of news will serve as a wake-up call to journalists, media critics, and everyone who cares about a well-informed citizenry as the basis of democracy.
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Danny Schechter is executive editor of Mediachannel.org; cofounder and executive producer of Globalvision, a New York-based television and film production company; a recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2001 Award for Excellence in Documentary Journalism; a former producer for CNN and for ABC News 20/20, where he won two National News Emmys; and the author of many books on the media.