How the Corporate Media Distort Reality
A powerful, forensic critique of the mainstream media in the era of 'Fake News'
Do you trust the liberal media? While the tabloid and right-wing press - the Sun, The Times, the Mail and the Express - are constantly criticised for dangerous bias, outlets like the BBC and the Guardian are trusted by their readers to report in the interests of the public. However, the reality is that all corporate media is systematically filtered by the powerful interests that own, manage and fund it.
Propaganda Blitz shows that the corporate media does not just 'spin' the news - it fundamentally distorts everything it touches, hiding the real issues from public view, and often completely reversing the truth. This book uncovers a storm of top-down campaigns behind war reporting from Iraq, Syria and Palestine, as well as the destruction of the credibility of figures on the left, including Jeremy Corbyn, Russell Brand and Hugo Chavez.
Exposing propagandists at the top levels of the BBC, as well as their reporting on the Scottish independence referendum, the dismantling of the NHS and looming climate chaos, Propaganda Blitz explains the real meaning of 'objective' journalism, exposes the fake news about 'fake news' and outlines a model for anti-business media activism.
David Edwards is is co-editor and co-founder of Media Lens. He is the author of Free To Be Human (1995), The Compassionate Revolution (1998), and co-author, with David Cromwell, of Guardians of Power (2006), Newspeak in the 21st Century (2009), and Propaganda Blitz: How and Why Corporate Media Distort Reality (Pluto, 2018).
David Cromwell is co-editor and co-founder of Media Lens. His previous books include Private Planet (2001) and Why Are We The Good Guys? (2012). He is the co-author, with David Edwards, of Guardians of Power (2006), Newspeak in the 21st Century (2009) and Propaganda Blitz: How and Why Corporate Media Distort Reality (Pluto, 2018).
'A great book. I've been recommending it.' - Noam Chomsky
'To devastating effect, Media Lens compiles the evidence that the 'mainstream media' betrays us, its readers, not just because most of it is owned by rightwing billionaires but because even 'liberal' oases are not what they seem. ... As Media Lens proves, the liberal media is our enemy, not our ally.' - Jonathan Cook, writer and journalist, winner of the 2011 Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism
'Exposing and challenging how the corporate media promote elite interests is one of the most significant issues of our time, without which fundamental change may not be possible. This essential, must-read book dissects this system of mass thought control in a forensic, authoritative and engaging way' - Mark Curtis, author of 'Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam'
Preface: The Devil's Greatest Trick
1. Anatomy of a Propaganda Blitz
2. Killing Corbyn
3. Smearing Assange, Brand and Chavez
4. Israel and Palestine: 'We Wait in Fear for the Phone Call from the Israelis'
5. Libya: 'It is All About Oil'
6. Syria: Instant Certainty Promoting War
7. Yemen: Feeding the Famine
8. The BBC as a Propaganda Machine
9. Dismantling the National Health Service
10. Scottish Independence: An 'Amazing Litany' of Bias
11. Climate Chaos: An Inconvenient Emergency
12. 'Fake News', Objective Journalism and the No-Business Model
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745338125
eBook ISBN: 9781786803313
129mm x 198mm