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In this pathbreaking work, now with a new introduction, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order.

Based on a series of case studies - including the media's dichotomous treatment of "worthy" versus "unworthy" victims, "legitimizing" and "meaningless" Third World elections, and devastating critiques of media coverage of the US wars against Indochina - Herman and Chomsky draw on decades of criticism and research to propose a Propaganda Model to explain the media's behavior and performance. Their new introduction updates the Propaganda Model and the earlier case studies, and it discusses several other applications.

©2002 Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[A] compelling indictment of the news media's role in covering up errors and deceptions in American foreign policy of the past quarter century." ( New York Times)

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Disturbing view

A well reasoned argument for the argument for a very obedient media and how they help mold public opinion to government ends.

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Eye opening

This was a tough book to Read, but the audio version made it much more digestible.

I've listened to nearly every Chomsky lecture available so not much of this shocked me; but it was very interesting to see it all unpacked like this.

Should be required reading, perhaps in some sort of abbreviated form.

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Truth in media for once.

Crucial info in ttying to understand dominator culture and it's use of mass media to shape & conttol public opinion.

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Actions of our Government Agencies in foreign land

Insightful reading, gained a better understanding of how MSM can promote or deny the actions of our Government Agencies and senior leaders in foreign and domestic actions against the people.

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Deep

the narrator sounds like Sergeant Joe Friday on the old TV show Drag Net. Very cool... Noam Chomsky has the credibility​ to not back up everything he says with endless examples. No amount of research that supports his profound assertions would convince anyone who does not except that. On the other hand, far be it from Chomsky to make unsupported assertions.

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Logical fallacies much?

I hated this book for it's repeated intellectual dishonesty. The authors use repeated logical fallacies, notably hasty generalizations, whataboutism, and confirmation bias in nearly every chapter. The core point has some merit, but the way it is made is sloppy and convincing. Moreover, the book has not aged well. It's references are rather dated and efforts to modernize are lazy.

There's an over emphasis on Vietnam. There's repeated ad hoc reasoning. There's repeated conflation of multiple processes into 'the media.' The media isn't one thing. It's many things. The New York Times editorial board is much different than the news desks. If you have beef with the editorial board, accuse the editorial board, not 'the media.'

There are reasons to criticize the media. The book brings up several important points about how funding could subtly impact coverage and introduce bias. The book also points out the degree to which powerful people have easy access to journalists and most have little access. That access must necessarily matter in terms of controlling narratives and precluding feedback mechanisms from developing. The authors don't focus on this. Instead, chapter after chapter, they bemoan how papers didn't cover X story using their preferred narrative and language without any acknowledgement of their egregious just so-ism. The authors never say how the news should be covered in a useful a priori way. They just whine about it being done wrong.

The authors would do well to curtail their derision, utilize systematic empirical processes for evaluating more modern sources of information, define their terms, and build more nuanced arguments that speak, more specifically, to individual aspects of 'the media'.

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essential reading for anyone interested in news

this book is fantastic in how it theorizes a Propaganda model for US news media and in how it seeks to prove the model true. though some of the case studies are a little dated others feel fully relevant even today and the model is still useful for current media analysis in the internet age

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A convincing case that most of America gets a blue pill as part of childhood immunization.

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Eye opening.

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Wow. Literally everything I thought was true about the media, about past wars, about our policies, all lies. I would say this book should be a mandated read in every public high school (at least) but I know that’s not going to happen. But this book is truly a must read for those who truly want to understand the nature and foundations of our manufactured consensus reality.

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A must read

Provides great insights and a corporate media. Once you learn about the propaganda model you won’t be able to help but see it’s impact on most news channels. And important for anybody watching the news