Abuse Your Illusions. The Disinformation Guide to Media by Russ Kick

By Russ Kick

The 3rd of Russ Kick's bestselling Disinformation publications gathers one other all-star line-up of expos:

  • Juries have governed in contemporary trials that Watergate used to be rather a couple of Democratic celebration prostitution ring.
  • overlooked within the U.S. and distorted somewhere else, the Milosevic tribunal hasn't long past the best way professionals have been looking ahead to. (We current particular first-hand reporting from the trial).
  • such a lot theologians don't think within the actual Resurrection of Jesus.
  • In 2001, the U.S. exposed the most important undercover agent ring within the state considering that WWII, but most folks by no means heard approximately it.
  • The U.S. is carrying out bioweapons learn that violates overseas treaties and federal legislations. (The ny Times knows approximately this yet refuses to file it).
  • Teddy Roosevelt and Wall road created Panama for revenue.

  • Gandhi wasn't so extraordinary, after all.These are only a number of the revelations within the 3rd of our all-star anthologies.Following up on...
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    It's the only way, really, to change something in our mass- mediated culture. Nothing else is as effective as wrapping your message in a funny, sexy, candy-coated shell and shooting that bul- let deep into the culture where it can replicate like the common cold (see Douglas Rushkoff's classic Media Virus for more on this topic). ) a political party or running for office yourself? If the idiots who are in office now can do it, why can't you? (When FOX announced the reality program called The American President where “real-life” people with aspirations of living in the White House can bypass the political parties and go directly to the people (American Idol meets the primary season).

    Here's what Michael Powell, the Chairman of the FCC (and son of Colin Powell) said in the New York Times about media diversity: “When I look at the trends in television over the last 20 to 50 years, I see a constant and increasing explosion in variety. ” He's right. A few years ago, I found myself in the library of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, and I requested several tapes of the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite from the time of Nixon's reelection campaign against Senator George McGovern.

    And Dan Rather said: It is an obscene comparison—you know, I am not sure I like it—but you know there was a time in South Africa that people would put flaming tires around peo- ple's necks if they dissented. And in some ways the fear is that you will be neck-laced here, you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. Now it is that fear that keeps Journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions, and to continue to bore in on the tough questions so often. And again, I am humbled to say, I do not except myself from this criticism.

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