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4.0 out of 5 stars Solomon tells it like it is
Solomon's The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media is a collection of juicy columns full of facts and quotes exposing how the mainstream media's lack of fair, complete, and unbiased reporting has become a major limiting factor for our democracy. He particularly addresses the consolidation of media power, the myth that liberalism dominates the media, and how the mass media...
Published on 20 May 1999

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1.0 out of 5 stars Sparks and heat... very little illumination
This is a tired book.... Reading it you get the idea that the author never quite got over the 60s as he rales against all the things any self-respecting liberal would have then. If it's something that business or government or the rich do, it's automatically suspect if not out-and-out evil. Eugene Debs would be proud of it, but Solomon's rants suggest he's run his...
Published on 10 Jun 1999


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4.0 out of 5 stars Solomon tells it like it is, 20 May 1999
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This review is from: The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media: Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News (Paperback)
Solomon's The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media is a collection of juicy columns full of facts and quotes exposing how the mainstream media's lack of fair, complete, and unbiased reporting has become a major limiting factor for our democracy. He particularly addresses the consolidation of media power, the myth that liberalism dominates the media, and how the mass media has become little more than a public relations industry for the rich and powerful. Solomon realizes that access to information from all spectrums is a fundamental part of a healthy democracy; he raises this and many other issues virtually never covered in mainstream news. The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media is an extremely important book for all those who desire a clear vision of how the corporate media system works. Excellent book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Punctures the phony, puny-minded pablum of mainstream news., 5 May 1999
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This review is from: The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media: Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News (Paperback)
Solomon, a media analyst with a finely-tuned and raging impatience with mealy-mouthed, corporate-dominated reporting, is the definition of an "anti-pundit." His book punctures the phony, puny-minded pablum that passes for mainstream news. The book starts off with a great satire of what the TV news would look like "if anchors talked straight." Solomon stays right on the mark on a set of important topics: coverage of labor (and the anti-intellectualism in much economics/business reporting), hypocrisy in scandal mongering and human rights and a host of other arenas, racism in reporting, and the right-wing-funded punditocracy. I'm using the book to help my students learn about critical thinking ... and to show them that cultural analysis can be sharp and smart and funny without being obscure!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sparks and heat... very little illumination, 10 Jun 1999
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This review is from: The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media: Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News (Paperback)
This is a tired book.... Reading it you get the idea that the author never quite got over the 60s as he rales against all the things any self-respecting liberal would have then. If it's something that business or government or the rich do, it's automatically suspect if not out-and-out evil. Eugene Debs would be proud of it, but Solomon's rants suggest he's run his course and can only hope of punditry to pay his future way. He screeches about workplace safety, just to take one example, but doesn't take into fact enormous improvements over the years. (Workplace accidents now stand at something under 7% of what they were in 1913, according to the latest research from the CDE... but then, they're a governmental agency, so must by lying, right Professor Solomon?) This is a Lone Ranger book... tedium, tedium, tedium-um-um. At least the cartoon are moderately amusing.
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