You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths Paperback – 6 Oct 2002
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A collection of articles and essays about things the mainstream media have avoided covering, whether by accident or design. I also fully expected to be confronted by articles that I didn't agree with, or found uncomfortable reading.
Instead the 1st (political) half of the book is generally made up of opinion pieces of the type I used to see in various far-left newspapers such as Socialist Worker when I was at Uni. Pieces where the facts have been distorted to deliver the desired point of view.
Let's take as one example, the article "The Media and their Atrocities" by Michael Parenti where he talks about the NATO action against Yugolsavia.
According to Michael Parenti, here's why NATO acted against Milosevic: "Yugoslavia was the only country in Eastern Europe that would not dismantle its welfare state and public sector economy."
Calling Yugoslavia a socialist paradise is beyond ludricous.
Even most people on the mainstream European left who opposed the NATO actions agree that Milosevic was a socialist in name only.
Also, Parenti ignores one important fact. If the West was so hell-bent on destroying the socialist paradise of Yugoslavia, why did it generally just wring its hands and do nothing during the first phase of the Yugoslav wars from 1991-1995?
Then there's the claim that there were only "several dozen" rather than thousands of rapes during the Bosnian conflict. An outrageous statement bearing in mind that mass rapes were corrobated by a range of human rights groups and charities including Amnesty International, who last I heard wasn't in the pay of the Pentagon.
Finally there's the old chestnut that there were no large scale atrocities against Kosovo Albanians or against Muslims in Bosnia.Read more ›
This (as well as others produced by the disinformation gang) is a VERY important book lambasting what we think we know about issues so entrenched in the psyche of many societies: especially religion.
My only criticism is that I would have liked to have seen more topics written by, and about, women. After all, we are the subject about which there's the most disinformation circulating!!
There are also aricles on the Columbine(sp?) shootings, did you know that survivors described three or more shooters, not just two. That there were small bombs littered around the school so numerous that there is no way these two kids could have possibly snuck around hiding them without being caught.
There are also more sinister snipes at American culture and Martin Luther Kings silencing beyond his 'I have a dream' days. The last couple of his years of his life are never shown on TV documentaries etc.. because he became more outspoken on politics and American culturee in general (oooh, better not let him influence people on that...).
There you go then, a brief highlight of this book, to get the bigger picture buy it. It is very cheap for the book you get (400 pages at 9" by 12" , go actually measure that, youll be surprised!). I can only hope more of these come thick and fast so that a series can be built up to the point where the media will have to review each new book and be forced to tell us how they caved in on principles.
About 1 in 3 of the 60+ essays were interesting and informative, particularly the first 80 pages on the media, but when I started reading about events that I had witnessed with my own eyes, and saw how they were being misrepresented, I began to question the content of those hitherto influential other pieces.
So the revelation is that it's this book itself that is lying to me (at least in parts)! It is also very hard physically to read – large (9inches x 12 inches) and heavy (nearly 400 pages).
Then when it ran out of 'sensible topics' to discuss, we got deeper into the real fringe stuff, like how the word NAZI keeps cropping up imbedded in every day words like ‘geNerAliZatIon’ – well it doesn’t in British English where we spell it 'generalisation' - sorry to ruin the beautiful theory.
Save a few braincells and retain your objectivity – give this one a miss.
Or is he simply the victim of his own delusions? For example, he implies that John Hinckley, who attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan, was part of Bush's social circle, implying a Bush-inspired assassination attempt. Similarly, Sam Smith defends Oliver Stone's mangling of history in JFK which repeats Jim Garrison's ficticious account as challenging the myth of the lone gunman. The film claims Oswald was a poor shot and one of the bullets took a magic trajectory. In fact, Oswald was an excellent shot and the so-called 'magic' bullet followed a normal trajectory hitting Governor Connolly because his seat was lower than that of the President.
Anything which doesn't fall in with the rationalist Enlightenment view that mankind can create paradise on earth is attacked.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well like all reviews this one will be as subjective as the others, I say read them and make your own mind up. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2010 by Mr. Pj Williams
A sad collection of so called lies, and media distortion which amount to lies and utter distortion in themselves. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2005 by dannycuk
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