Media & War
European Press Stand Divided Over Israel, Palestinians, Mark Jurkowitz,
Boston Globe (5/1/02). Media coverage of Middle East conflict very different in U.S. and Europe.
The Real War on Terrorism. Mark Scheffler, Salon (4/23/02). Robert Young Peltons assessment of US war on Afghanistan; relationship of media to military.
Lights! Cameras! Attack! Hollywood enlists. Cooper, Marc, Nation (12/10/01).
Are Americans Getting the Full Picture? Sydney Morning Herald (11/18/01). Compares US/UK war coverage: US relies mostly on Pentagon briefings, UK more independent, & more focussed on humanitarian aspects.
War Needs Good Public Relations. Normon Solomon, FAIR (10/25/01). Pentagon hires global PR firm to help correct "faulty" perceptions of our war on Afghanistan.
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.
President Uses TV Show to Combat Terrorism. Allessandra Stanley, NY Times (10/11/01). US government control of & access to the press.
The Media as Propaganda Ministry. Carla Binion, Online Journal (10/2/01). Ramsey Clarke's 1994 arguments about reasons for Gulf War apply to present conflict.
On the Web: Specialized Sites
Arnett, Peter. "The firing of Peter Arnett," Nation (4/28/03):7
Benaim, Daniel, Vishesh Kumar & Priyanka Motaparthy. "TV's conflicted experts," Nation (4/21/03). Wartime punditry on Iraq.
Dorman, William A. "The media: playing the government's game," in Len Ackland & Steven McGuire (eds.) Assessing the Nuclear Age: Selections from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Chicago IL: Education Foundation for Nuclear Science), pp. 261-271.
Douglas, Susan. "The media fall in line," Progressive (nov 2001).
Greider, William. “Washington Post warriors,” Nation (3/24/03):6-8.
Hedges, Chris. "The press & the myths of war," Nation (4/21/03).
Hertsgaard, Mark. "The media & the Persian Gulf," San Francisco Chronicle (12/30/90). Pentagon cheerleading and proactive disinformation have been the practice for quite a while.
Ireland, Doug. "Media warriors," Nation (9/21/98).
Lazare, Daniel. "The New Yorker goes to war: How a nice magazine talked itself into backing Bush's jihad," Nation (6/2/03):25-31.
Lewis, Andrea. "Lights, camera, military action!" Progressive (4/03):32-34. On producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the Pentagon, & making of Profiles from the Front Line & other propaganda films.
Massing, Michael. "Press watch," Nation (10/15/01):6-7.
__________. "Seven days in October," Nation (11/12/01):5-6.
__________. "Hawks at the Washington Post," Nation (11/11/02):20-23.
McArthur, John R. "Unleash the press," Nation (11/19/01):5-6.
Ober, Eric W. "A war is waged for the public's right to know," Wall Street Journal (1/17191). Pentagon restrictions on newsgathering.
Zinn, Howard. "The others," Nation (2/11/02):16-20. What if media helped Americans see Afghan casualties as clearly as we saw those of September 11?
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Aronson, James. The Press & the Cold War (NY: Monthly Review, 199?).
Cockburn, Leslie. Looking for Trouble: One Woman, Six Wars & A Revolution (NY: Anchor, 2003).
Collins, John & Ross Glover. Collateral Language: A User's Guide to America's New War (NY: NYU, 2003).
Cumings, Bruce. War & Television (NY: Verso, 1992).
Feinstein, Anthony. Journalists Under Fire: The Psychological Hazards of Covering War (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2006).
Gitlin, Todd. Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images & Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives (NY, 2001).
Goodman, Amy with David Goodman. The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, & the Media that Love Them (NY: Hyperion, 2004).
Handke, Peter. A Journey to the Rivers (NY, 1996). Critique of Western media coverage in Balkans.
Hedges, Chris. War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning (NY: Public Affairs, 2002). Deeply disturbing journalist's account of war as an addiction, for combatants & journalists alike.
Hentsch, Thierry. Imagining the Middle East (Montreal: Black Rose, 2003).
Karim, Karim H. The Islamic Peril: Media & Global Violence (Montreal: Black Rose, 2001).
Knightley, Phillip. The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero & Myth-Maker from the Crimea to Iraq (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2005).
Lande, Nathaniel. Dispatches from the Front: A History of the American War Correspondent (NY: Oxford, 1998).
Massing, Michael. Now They Tell Us: The American Press & Iraq (NY: NY Review, 2006).
Moeller, Susan D. Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War & Death (NY, 1998).
Murrow, Edward R. World War II: On the Air (Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks Media Fusion, 2003).
Parkinson, Alan F. Ulster Loyalism & the British Media (Portland OR: Four Courts, 1998).
Pedelty, Mark. War Stories: The Culture of Foreign Correspondents (NY: Routledge, 1995).
Retort. Afflicted Powers: Capital & Spectacle in a New Age of War (London: Verso, 2005).
Said, Edward. Covering Islam. How the Media & the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World (NY, 1981; rev. ed. 1997).
Schechter, Danny. Media Wars: News at a Time of Terror (NY: Rowman Littlefield, 2003).
Starr, Paul. The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications (NY: Basic Books, 2005).
Swomley, John M. Press Agents
of the Pentagon (Washington: National Council Against Conscription, 1953).
Taylor, John. Body Horror. Photojournalism, Catastrophe & War (NY, 1998).
In the Library: Fiction
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In the Library: Photography
"Baghdad Rap" , dir. Arturo Cisneros, 74m. Iraq war as lived by Spanish "brigadistas" & distorted by TV.
"Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky & the Media" , dir. Mark Achbar & Peter Wintonick, 167m. In video stores.
"Orwell Rolls in His Grave" , dir. Robert Kane Pappas, 103m. From Sky Island Films. Media & the distortion of truth.