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The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media: Decoding Spins and Lies in Mainstream News.

Norman Solomon Norman Solomon (1951- ) is an American journalist, media critic and antiwar activist. A longtime associate of the media watch group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), Solomon is also the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national . The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media: Decoding Spins and Lies in Mainstream News. Monroe, Maine Monroe is a town in Waldo County, Maine, United States. The population was 882 at the 2000 census. Geography
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 100.9 km² (39.0 mi²). 100.5 km² (38.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (0.
: Common Courage Press, 1999.

This book contains seventy-five articles by Norman Solomon who, in the muckraking muck·rake  
intr.v. muck·raked, muck·rak·ing, muck·rakes
To search for and expose misconduct in public life.

[From the man with the muckrake,
 tradition of Upton Sinclair, Lincoln Steffens Noun 1. Lincoln Steffens - United States journalist whose exposes in 1906 started an era of muckraking journalism (1866-1936)
Joseph Lincoln Steffens, Steffens
, and I.F. Stone, takes on media deceptions involving selectivity of sources, information imbalances, subtle shadings in the use of words, the preferential use of favorable modifiers, and the hypocritical pandering to corporations and powerful individuals that is practiced by many members of the fourth estate. The articles are presented in a variety of forms -- straight essays, lists with questions, make-believe journalism awards, and pop quizzes -- which helps the author get his points across in a non-pedantic fashion. For example, one of the questions presented in a pop quiz Noun 1. pop quiz - a quiz given without prior warning
quiz - an examination consisting of a few short questions
 is the following:

The death of Princess Diana Noun 1. Princess Diana - English aristocrat who was the first wife of Prince Charles; her death in an automobile accident in Paris produced intense national mourning (1961-1997)
Diana, Lady Diana Frances Spencer, Princess of Wales
 was the American media story of the season. That's because:

a) No other event in the world was more important.

b) She was extraordinarily nice and helped a lot of children.

c) She was a glamorous mega-celebrity with stylish clothes who boosted TV ratings and magazine sales as soon as she died.

In an article titled "Dream Team for a Media All Star Game" Solomon assigns media stars to baseball positions and skewers them. Here is how he describes Cokie Roberts, who is assigned the role of starting pitcher, "Tossing a classic mix of curveballs and changeups, Roberts can baffle anyone with more than a superficial knowledge of American history. Her delivery, like her wisdom, is utterly conventional."

On a more serious note, Solomon shows how the media ignores the poor, shrugs off the plight of working-class Americans, and defers to the interests of corporate and political elites. He also writes about how the news media in this country serve as a megaphone for government policy by using terms such as "national security," "western values," "the world community," "war against terrorism," and "collateral damage collateral damage Surgery A popular term for any undesired but unavoidable co-morbidity associated with a therapy–eg, chemotherapy-induced CD to the BM and GI tract as a side effect of destroying tumor cells ." This is considered responsible journalism. When foreign media acts as a megaphone for their governments we call it "propaganda."

Political commentator Molly Ivins has said of this book, "Some of the best press-bashing, honest sleuthing Sleuthing
See also Crime Fighting.

Alleyn, Inspector

detective in Ngaio Marsh’s many mystery stories. [New Zealand Lit.: Harvey, 520]

Archer, Lew

tough solver of brutal crimes. [Am. Lit.
, news consumer tips and happy hell-raising with the powers-that-be to be found anywhere." I agree.
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Publication:ETC.: A Review of General Semantics
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Date:Dec 22, 1999
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