Saturday, May 5, 2012

The News as Propaganda

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New World Notes News
Vol. 5, No. 18 -- May 5, 2012

This week in New World Notes, radio program #218, May 8, 2012

The News as Propaganda
In brief

First, veteran news critic Jeff Cohen explains how the news media mislead the public to serve the interests of Established Power.

He focuses on two related techniques: (1) presenting a very narrow spectrum of opinion (while pretending to cover "both sides") and (2) ignoring all voices--including experts'--that contradict government and corporate claims. War opponents especially.

Then--courtesy of Project Censored--we look at some important stories that the major news media decided not to report.

Above: FAIR co-founder Jeff Cohen. Below: Other
good media analysts head up Project Censored.

Notes, credits, & links

Jeff Cohen's remarks are taken from a half-hour interview on Barry Vogel's Radio Curious. Many thanks to Barry and the show. Find the complete interview--and hundreds of other installments--at

Jeff Cohen was a founder of the media watchgroup Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) --

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