Power Beyond Scrutiny
Media, Justice and Accountability
Revealing critique of the mainstream media - why it fails to challenge those in power and keeps silent on certain issues.
Justin Schlosberg interrogates these silences - why did a plea bargain which allowed Britain's biggest arms company to escape bribery prosecution go almost entirely unchallenged in television news? Why did journalists routinely endorse the official explanation of how intelligence analyst David Kelly died, whilst ignoring the mounting evidence which undermined it? Why, in 2010, did broadcasters offer an unchallenged platform to critics of Wikileaks but not its supporters?
These are some of the questions and imbalances that Schlosberg seeks to address as he explains the nature of public debate in the digital age. In doing so he uncovers a range of news blockages that are more than just accidents of a fragmented, chaotic mediascape. They are ultimately ideological forces which ensure that contestability and dissent remain within definable limits.
Justin Schlosberg is a media activist, researcher and lecturer in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a former Chair of the Media Reform Coalition and Edmund J Safra Network Fellow at Harvard University. He is the author of 'Media Ownership and Agenda Control' (2016) and 'Power Beyond Scrutiny (Pluto, 2013).
'An illuminating and deeply disturbing book' - Phillip Knightley, author and journalist
'A book by one of the new generation's rising stars that examines the forces that limit investigative journalism' - Professor James Curran, Goldsmiths, University of London
PART 1: COVERING CORRUPTION
1. High Crimes
2. Framing Foundations
PART 2: COVERING THE COVER UP
3. Whispers in the Press Gallery
4. The Basis of Belief
PART 3: COVERING THE LEAK
5. The Biggest Story on the Planet
6. Behind the Wall of Transparency
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745332925
eBook ISBN: 9781849648714
135mm x 215mm