I’m almost done reading Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, and I have to say that 20 years after it’s publication, it still rings true. It is very easy to see how the “propaganda model” of mass media still has validity, and how it has impacted coverage of the 7 years of the Bush Administration and the Iraq War. The book – especially the coverage of the Vietnam War – really underlines how laughably silly the “liberal media” meme is.
I’m not going to provide a detailed book review, but if you have never read it, I definitely recommend it. It’s a sight bit more academic than other books I’ve reported about here at Plunderbund.