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Beyond Hypocrisy: Decoding the News in an Age of Propaganda

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This spirited book offers examples of duplicitous terminology, trenchant essays, satirical cartoons, and a cross-referenced doublespeak dictionary for the 1990s.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by South End Press (first published February 1st 1992)
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Shane Wallis
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
In many ways this was a much lighter version of arguments presented in Manufacturing Consent. Some similar examples are presented here to demonstrate the ways in which the mass media, and politicians, influence the public consumption of news & politics. One example being the differntial portrayl of elections relative to whether they are seen as beneficial or detrimental to U.S. 'interests'. The style or writing presented here is, as mentioned, much lighter. Instead of a few well detailed ...more
Riley
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
A good red meat criticism of American governance, I enjoyed this book and the critique it presents, especially considering the conservative times we seem to live in today.

One passage I underlined, given the welfare bashing we hear so much lately:

"Conservative policies generate disorder, crime, and job scarcity by increasing unemployment, withdrawing the safety net from the weak, unleashing greed, encouraging corporate abandonments, and returning society to the law of the jungle. The conservative
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Edward S. Herman is an economist and media analyst with a specialty in corporate and regulatory issues as well as political economy and the media. He is Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also teaches at Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Pennsylvania in ...more