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Media Bias

(see also Media Consolidation, Media & War, Censorship & Alternative Media)

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On the Web: Articles

Computer Assisted Influence? Claudia Deane, Washington Post (4/19/02). Right-wing Heritage Foundation provides journalists with free raw data for stories, & the analysis that goes with it.

How Much Can We Believe in the News Campaign? Jay Rayner, Observer (10/14/01). Media suffering from censorship, both official and self-imposed.

An Informed Public Is the Greatest Weapon of Democracy. Erwin Chemerinsky, LA Times (10/11/01). Against censorship & misrepresentation by government & media.

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Center for Media & Democracy.


Free Press.

Media Education Foundation.

Media Watch.

Media Whores Online.

In the Library: Articles

Cockburn, Alexander. “Hacks and heroes,” Nation (4/17/03):9.

Cohen, Stephen F. "American journalism & Russia's tragedy," Nation (10/2/00):23-30.

Cooper, Marc. "All the right sources: a two-year study documenting the bias in network news reporting," Mother Jones (2-3/90):20-32.

Leonard, John. "How a caged bird learns to sing. Or, my life at the New York Times, CBS & other pillars of the media establishment," Nation 6/26/00):11-19.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Barsamian, David. The Decline & Fall of Public Broadcasting (Boston, 2001). NPR fails to help listeners develop critical faculties necessary for functioning democracy. Try alternative radio!

Berlin, Michael; Ross Terrill & Akira Iriye. Tiananmen Two Years Later: How Did the Media Perform? A Study of American Media Coverage of the Beijing Spring of 1989 (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1991).

Burke, Martin. A Social History of the Media: from Gutenburg to the Internet (NY: Polity, 2001).

Chomsky, Noam. Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda (NY, 1997).

Diamond, Edwin & Robert A. Silverman. White House to Your House. Media & Politics in Virtual America (Cambridge MA, 1997).

Engelman, Ralph. Public Radio & Television in America: A Political History (Beverly Hills, 1997).

Fallows, James. Breaking the News (NY, 1996).

Flanders, Laura. Real Majority, Media Minority: The Cost of Sidelining Women in Reporting (Monroe ME, 1997).

Gans, Herbert J. Democracy & the News (NY: Oxford, 2003).

Gerbner, George. Against the Mainstream (NY: Peter Lang, 2002).

Giles, Robert & Robert W. Snyder. 1968: Year of Media Decision (New Brunswick NJ: Transaction, 2001).

Gruhzit-Hoyt, Olga & Edwin P. Hoyt. Censorship in America (NY: Seabury, 1970).

__________. Freedom of the News Media (NY: Seabury, 1973).

Hannerz, Ulf. Foreign News: Exploring the World of Foreign Correspondents (Chicago: U. of Chicago, 2003).

Hentsch, Thierry. Imagining the Middle East (Montreal: Black Rose, 2003).

Herman, Edward S. & Noam Chomsky. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (NY, 1988).

Hertsgaard, Mark. On Bended Knee: The Press & the Reagan Presidency [1988] (rev. ed. NY: Schocken, 1989).

Inglis, Fred. People's Witness: Journalist in Modern Politics (New Haven: Yale, 2003).

Jamieson, Kathleen Hall & Paul Waldman. The Press Effect: Politicians, Journalists & the Stories that Shape the Political World (NY: Oxford, 2002).

Karim, Karim H. The Islamic Peril: Media & Global Violence (Montreal: Black Rose, 2001).

Ledbetter, James. Made Possible By… The Death of Public Broadcasting in the United States (NY, 1997).

McChesney, Robert W. Corporate Media & the Threat to Democracy (NY,1997?).

__________. Rich Media, Poor Democracy. Communications Politics in Dubious Times (Urbana: U. Illinois, 1999).

__________ & John Nichols. Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media (NY: Seven Stories, 2002).

Nichols, John & Robert W. McChesney. It's the Media, Stupid (NY: 2001).

Rowse, Arthur E. Drive-By Journalism. The Assault on Your Need to Know (Monroe ME: Common Courage, 2000).

Scheuer, Jeffrey. The Sound Bite Society: Television & the American Mind (NY: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1999).

__________. The Sound Bite Society: How Television Helps the Right & Hurts the Left (NY: Routledge, 2001).

Solomon, Norman. The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media (Monroe ME, 1999).

Underwood, Doug. From Yahweh to Yahoo! The Religious Roots of the Secular Press (Urbana: U. Illinois, 2002).

Ward, Brian. Media, Culture & the Modern African American Freedom Struggle (Gainesville: U. Florida, 2001).

In the Library: Fiction

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CD & Audio

"Yesterday's Paper,"by Tish Hinojosa. On her Destiny's Gate, Warner Bros. Musical Group 9 45566-2.

Film & Video

"Fear & Favor in the Newsroom," [1996], by Northwest Passage Productions. From California Newsreel, 56m.

" Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky & the Media" (1992), dir. Peter Wintonick & Marck Achbar, 167m. From Zeitgeist Films.

"The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News" [1997], dir. Sut Jhally, 60m. From Media Education Foundation.

"Is the Press Really Free?" (1999), dir. Steve Keller, 57m. From Seven Stories Press.

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