The Problem of the Media: U.S.
communication politics in the 21st century
by: Robert W. McChesney
ISBN: 1583671056 paperback
Recently published in 2004, McChesney exposes the reality of
journalism in the United States of America. He outlines how censorship is
accomplished in the media, how advertising dollars, self-censorship,
and media conglomerates are stifling journalistic freedom. Publishing
is characterized as increasingly elitist, with fewer academic journals or
venues for debate accessible to the populace. The book summarizes the impact of
the 1996 Telecommunications Act and the 2003 uproar against the FCC 's move
to further deregulate media ownership rules. You need to read this book, if you
are to understand how mainstream journalists currently operate in America,
and how the marketplace of ideas, is being oppressed by conservative politics
and powerful interest groups.
JOURNALISM / INVESTIGATIVE
Altered Evidence: how the justice dept.
framed a journalist & his wife
by: James D. Sanders
published in 1999 without ISBN/ difficult to
Altered Evidence is highly detailed, at times painfully so.
It exposes facts, names government sources, provides pictures and NTSB
computer printouts that were 'buried' by the FBI concerning the causes of the
crash of TWA flight 800. Sanders deluges us with proof that;
the NTSB and FBI covered up a U.S. military presence off the coast of
New York, at the time of the 'accident' by altering radar data; that they
altered evidence at the reconstruction hangar in order to hide evidence of
projectile damage; and hid evidence of explosive's residue on the plane.
Eyewitness accounts that described a missile projectile that struck the
aircraft just before it exploded in midair, were ignored by the investigators.
After taking off from a NYC airport, on July 17, 1996, the plane
explodes minutes later, all 230 people aboard the Boeing 747
die. Sanders, a retired police officer, who became an
investigative journalist dedicated to exposing government wrong doing, charged
the Clinton administration and the justice department with complicity in a
cover-up 'at the highest levels' of government. The government's
investigation cost 40 million dollars, and never properly identified the
cause of the crash.
Sanders, his wife and many independent investigators, and
eyewitnesses were harassed, intimidated and framed with 'crimes' by
government investigators, in order to silence and discredit them. The book
also details how several reputable and honest government employees
were targets of smear campaigns because they would not 'go along' with the
cover-up. The book provides a chilling glimpse into the power of the
Crossing the Rubicon
by: Michael Ruppert,
Michael Ruppert, a former
undercover policeman, has researched the events of 9-11 and in this book
presents the evidence for a massive conspiracy, that reaches into the Oval
Office. Ruppert suggests that 'Operation Northwoods' was put into effect
to rationalize a war on terror which was manufactured by U.S. government
officials. Producing government documents, Ruppert lays bare the real
possibility that our own government and its officials, including then Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani, were involved. Ruppert also uncovers complicity by
the Israeli and British governments in some of the events that led up to
'Crossing the Rubicon' is a
detective story, that amid all the details is frightening to the bone.
It cites Richard Cheney, the nation's Vice-President as the key player,
behind the scenes, who orchestrated the 9-11 attacks. The documentation
and Ruppert's conclusions are shocking yet plausible, and raise the very
real prospect that America has experienced its own version of the Reichstag fire
(which gave the Nazis the excuse to clamp down on civil liberties in
Germany prior to WW II). If there is one book that you must read this
year--this is the one.
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