Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (Paperback)

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Using six case studies to outline a propaganda model of US mass media, Chomsky and Hermann in their revolutionary text show how the media deludes and obscures the truth from the public through a series of "filters." All done in the interest of corporate profit, see how the media uses a variety of tools to brainwash citizens into believing the right of the US to rob and exploit foreign nations in the name of "democracy" and "freedom." Perhaps you might just think twice about what you read and see in the news.

— From Elijah


A "compelling indictment of the news media's role in covering up errors and deceptions" (The New York Times Book Review) due to the underlying economics of publishingfrom famed scholars Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky. With a new introduction.

In this pathbreaking work, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order.

Based on a series of case studies—including the media’s dichotomous treatment of “worthy” versus “unworthy” victims, “legitimizing” and “meaningless” Third World elections, and devastating critiques of media coverage of the U.S. wars against Indochina—Herman and Chomsky draw on decades of criticism and research to propose a Propaganda Model to explain the media’s behavior and performance.

Their new introduction updates the Propaganda Model and the earlier case studies, and it discusses several other applications. These include the manner in which the media covered the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement and subsequent Mexican financial meltdown of 1994-1995, the media’s handling of the protests against the World Trade Organization, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund in 1999 and 2000, and the media’s treatment of the chemical industry and its regulation. What emerges from this work is a powerful assessment of how propagandistic the U.S. mass media are, how they systematically fail to live up to their self-image as providers of the kind of information that people need to make sense of the world, and how we can understand their function in a radically new way.

About the Author

EDWARD S. HERMAN is Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

NOAM CHOMSKY is Professor, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Praise For…

"[A] compelling indictment of the news media's role in covering up errors and deceptions in American foreign policy of the past quarter century." —Walter LaFeber, The New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780375714498
ISBN-10: 0375714499
Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: January 15th, 2002
Pages: 480
Language: English