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Into The Buzzsaw: LEADING JOURNALISTS EXPOSE THE MYTH OF A FREE PRESS

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Leading journalists from Fox News, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, newspapers, and other outlets—including Dan Rather, Ashleigh Banfield, Robert McChesney, Greg Palast, Pulitzer Prize and Emmy winners, and more—recount the press censorship they experienced in the wake of 9/11 security concerns. With a foreword by Gore Vidal and edited by former CBS and CNN producer Kristina Borjesson, th ...more
Paperback, 462 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Prometheus Books (first published March 2002)
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Bruce
Mar 04, 2009 Bruce rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for aspiring journalists and for people who are interested in keeping the U.S. a free, democratic country. These essays by award-winning investigative journalists and news anchors point out how the media moguls control what is news and what is not. The lament several of the authors have is the lack of gumption to go against the grain. Too many reporters and journalists are willing to accept the data sheets provided by both government and corporations rather than do any i ...more
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Jan 25, 2010 Cwn_annwn_13 rated it really liked it
I already knew that the mainstream media is a totally controlled propaganda tool for the ruling class so while these stories were all interesting, none were any surprise to me. What surprised me is that journalists from outlets like CNN, CBS news, Fox news, BBC and major big city newspapers would actually speak out about their experiences being censored, spied on, slandered, threatened and in the case of Gary Webb, in my opinion, murdered after digging up stories that step on the wrong peoples a ...more
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May 16, 2014 Mia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book gets 5 stars for its outrage-provoking and often mind-blowing content. I read it when it first came out, but now that I see there is a revised and expanded edition with updates on the original cases and new ones added, including on one Iraq, I think I need to read it again. The Publishers Weekly reviewe said, 'if members of the general public read this book, or even portions of it, they will be appalled.' What higher recommendation do you need?

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Mia
May 16, 2014 Mia rated it it was amazing
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This book gets 5 stars for its outrage-provoking and often mind-blowing content. I read it when it first came out, but now that I see there is a revised and expanded edition with updates on the original cases and new ones added, including on one Iraq, I think I need to read it again. The Publishers Weekly reviewe said, 'if members of the general public read this book, or even portions of it, they will be appalled.' What higher recommendation do you need?

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Marsha
Nov 20, 2010 Marsha marked it as to-read
NPR. "Journalists expose the myth of a free press" --
Stephanie Griffin
Jan 09, 2012 Stephanie Griffin rated it liked it
INTO THE BUZZSAW: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press, pretty much says it all right there in the title. Edited by Kristina Borjesson, an Emmy and Murrow Award winner for her investigative journalism, this revised version (published in 2004) contains 19 accounts and essays about the censoring and decline of investigative journalism and the reasons behind it.
Not just for other journalists, the accounts in this book are of serious issues and should be read by everyone.
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Harvey
Jun 22, 2013 Harvey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- a collection of stories about journalists who became marginalized (even black-listed and prosecuted) for reporting the "high crimes and misdemeanour's committed by government agencies and powerful, wealthy corporations. Censorship is alive and well in America (the supposed free-speech poster-child for the world). C.I.A. drug smuggling, the Dupont family's criminal history, and the U.S. military's cover-up of shooting down T.W.A. flight 800, were my favourite chapters
Brian
Sep 16, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it
A series of individual essays that show what stories get out and what ones go into the shredder. The old saying from Mark Twain was never truer: If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed
Todd
Nov 10, 2013 Todd rated it it was amazing
Must read for looking at the main stream media and how it works.
Edward Amato
May 28, 2013 Edward Amato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant expose' on our "Liberal Press" and how corporate America has control over what is reported. If you think you hate Monsanto now, wait until you read this.
Dan Conover
Aug 31, 2008 Dan Conover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must-read collection of essays for anyone who claims to be interested in modern news media.
Leigh
Feb 23, 2008 Leigh rated it it was amazing
great book by reporters on why they can't get certain stories into main stream media. brilliant book.
Toothy_grin
Aug 24, 2008 Toothy_grin rated it it was amazing
A vital, reality-based antidote to the propaganda about liberal media.
Allison Thurman
Mar 17, 2010 Allison Thurman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Frightening how much the modern American press is compromised.
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Journalists points of view when trying to get their stories in print, and being stopped by the powers that be.
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Born in Washington, D.C. Borjesson grew up in Port-au-Prince Haiti, the daughter of a civil engineer and a businesswoman. She has been an investigative reporter for thirty years. She published her first book, Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press, in response to being censored while investigating the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800. Buzzsaw won the National Press Club’ ...more
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