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Anonymous Source: At War Against the Media
Anonymous Source
At War Against the Media
Hardcover      ISBN: 1881508269

Author Cohen, having been outed in the press as the source of records pertaining to the shoplifting conviction of the political rival of his client in a gubernatorial campaign, sued the paper for breach of contract as they had agreed to use him as an anonymous source. The case, Cohen vs. Cowles Media, eventually reached the Supreme Court and is now studied in First Amendment law. Here he provides his account of those events from the origins of his involvement in the political campaign to the eventual resolution of the case. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Kandy-kolored Tangerine-flake Streamline
Kandy-kolored Tangerine-flake Streamline
Mass Market Paperback      ISBN: 0671780581
You Are Being Lied to: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths
You Are Being Lied to
The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths
Paperback      ISBN: 0966410076

"You Are Being Lied To" is a massive collection of articles that ruthlessly destroy the distortions, myths, and outright lies that are fed to us by the government, the media, corporations, history books, organized religion, science and medicine, and society in general. No one is spared, and all sacred cows are candidates for the grinder.

Do you believe any of the following?
Alcoholics Anonymous is effective.Hackers pose a grave threat to the nation.There's a hidden code in the Bible.The Big Bang is an airtight fact.Thousands of species have gone extinct because of deforestation. Licking certain toads will get you high.Most terrorists are Middle Eastern.

Wake up You're being lied to.

This book acts as a battering ram against the distortions, myths, and outright lies that have been shoved down our throats by the government, the media, corporations, organized religion, the scientific establishment, and others who want to keep the truth from us. An unprecedented group of researchers--investigative reporters, political dissidents, academics, media watchdogs, scientist-philosophers, social critics, and rogue scholars--paints a picture of a world where crucial stories are ignored or actively suppressed and the official version of events has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. A world where real dangers are downplayed and nonexistent dangers are trumpeted. In short, a world where you are being lied to.

Among the revelations inside:
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sydney Schanberg on John McCain's efforts to conceal information on POW/MIAsHoward Bloom on liars in the mediaRiane Eisler on the realities of human natureJames Ridgeway on tainted blood and moreJim Marrs on missing evidence in important casesGreenpeace cofounder Peter Moore on environmental mythsMichael Parenti on atrocities in KosovoDouglas Rushkoff on the information arms raceGary Webb on the gutless corporate mediaHoward Zinn on Columbus

Television and the News; A Critical Appraisal
Television and the News; A Critical Appraisal
Paperback      ISBN: 0870152092
Freedom and Entertainment: Rating the Movies in an Age of New Media
Freedom and Entertainment
Rating the Movies in an Age of New Media
Paperback      ISBN: 0521676541

Richard Vaughn's account of the development of the American movie rating system situates contemporary cinema within the turbulent context of the history of censorship, America's cultural wars, and the impact of new technologies that have transformed entertainment. Based on the private papers and oral history of Richard D. Heffner, who headed MPAA's Classification and Rating Administration for two decades, from 1974 to 1994, it chronicles the often tense working relationship between Heffner and Jack Valenti, the long-standing currently 83 year old President and Chief Executive of the Motion Picture Association of America. It also documents the sometimes bruising encounters Heffner had with such Hollywood heavyweights as Clint Eastwood, Oliver Stone, Michael Douglas, George C. Scott, Lew Wasserman, Arthur Krim, Jerry Weintraub, and many others. Heffner's memoirs reveal the conflicted behind-the-scenes history of the American movie rating system from the perspective of a man once called "the least-known most powerful person in Hollywood". Stephen Vaughn has taught the history of communication at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, since 1981. His previous books include Ronald Reagan in Hollywood: Movies and Politics (1994), The Vital Past: Writings on the Uses of History (1985), and Holding Fast the Inner Lines: Democracy, Nationalism and the Committee on Public Information (1980). He is General Editor of a three-volume Encyclopedia of American Journalism, and has published a two-volume annotated bibliography in electronic format.

The Best American Crime Reporting
The Best American Crime Reporting
Paperback      ISBN: 0061490849

Edited by Jeffrey Toobin, CNN's senior legal analyst and New York Times bestselling author of The Nine, The Best American Crime Reporting 2009 is a must-have for the true crime reader, complete with the most gripping, suspenseful, and brilliant stories of the year by the masters of crime reporting. Featuring stories of fraud, murder, theft, and madness, the Best American Crime Reporting series has been hailed as "arresting reading" (People) and the best mix of "the political, the macabre, and the downright brilliant" (Entertainment Weekly).

The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind the New York Times
The Trust
The Private and Powerful Family Behind the New York Times
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316845469

For more than one hundred years, a single family has controlled America's newspaper of record, setting the agenda not only for The New York Times but for the nation as well. The family's story is now revealed in a compelling narrative that dramatically evokes world events, private power struggles, and the burden and privilege of wealth and responsibility.
-- The Trust was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.
-- Time selected The Trust as one of the five best nonfiction books of the year.
-- The success of Katharine Graham's Personal History, Gay Talese's The Kingdom and the Power, and David Halberstam's The Powers that Be arrests to broad interest in behind-the-scenes accounts of newspapering.

Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
Tokyo Vice
An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
Paperback      ISBN: 0307475298

A riveting true-life tale of newspaper noir and Japanese organized crime from an American investigative journalist.

Jake Adelstein is the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club, where for twelve years he covered the dark side of Japan: extortion, murder, human trafficking, fiscal corruption, and of course, the yakuza. But when his final scoop exposed a scandal that reverberated all the way from the neon soaked streets of Tokyo to the polished Halls of the FBI and resulted in a death threat for him and his family, Adelstein decided to step down. Then, he fought back. In Tokyo Vice he delivers an unprecedented look at Japanese culture and searing memoir about his rise from cub reporter to seasoned journalist with a price on his head.
News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist
News to Me
Adventures of an Accidental Journalist
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816665583

Laurie Hertzel wasn't yet a teenager in Duluth, Minnesota, when she started her first newspaper, which she appropriately christened Newspaper. Complete with the most sensational headlines of the day-MARGO FLUEGEL HAS ANOTHER BIRTHDAY -and with healthy competition from her little brothers and their rival publication, Magapaper (a magazine and a newspaper), this venture would become Hertzel's first step toward realizing what her heart was already set on: journalism as her future.
News to Me is the adventurous story of Hertzel's journey into the bustling world of print journalism in the mid-1970s, a time when copy was still banged out on typewriters by chain-smoking men in fedoras and everybody read the paper. A coming-of-age tale in more ways than one, Hertzel's eighteen-year career at the Duluth News Tribune began when journalism was a predominantly male profession. And while the newspaper trade was booming, Duluth had fallen on difficult times as factories closed and more and more people moved away. Hertzel describes her climb up the ranks of the paper against the backdrop of a Midwestern city during a time of extraordinary change. She was there during major events like the Congdon murders, the establishment of the BWCA, and the rise of Indian treaty rights, and eventually follows the biggest story of her life to Soviet Russia-and completely blows her deadline.
Written with the insight and humor of someone who makes a living telling stories, News to Me is the chronicle of a small-city newspaper on the cusp of transformation, an affectionate portrait of Duluth and its people, and the account of a talented, persistent journalist who witnessed it all and was changing right along with it-whether she wanted to or not.
(Oh, Newspaper doggedly outlasted the full-color Magapaper).

Assignment to Hell: The War Against Nazi Germany With Correspondents Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A. J. Liebling, Homer Bigart, and Hal Boyle
Assignment to Hell
The War Against Nazi Germany With Correspondents Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A. J. Liebling, Homer Bigart, and Hal Boyle
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0451236882

In February 1943, a group of journalists including a young wire service correspondent named Walter Cronkite and cub reporter Andy Rooney clamored to fly along on a bombing raid over Nazi Germany. Seven of the sixty-four bombers that attacked a U-boat base that day never made it back to England. A fellow survivor, Homer Bigart of the "New York Herald" "Tribune," asked Cronkite if he d thought through a lede. I think I m going to say, mused Cronkite, that I ve just returned from an assignment to hell.
During his esteemed career Walter Cronkite issued millions of words for public consumption, but he never wrote or uttered a truer phrase.
"Assignment to Hell" tells the powerful and poignant story of the war against Hitler through the eyes of five intrepid reporters. Crisscrossing battlefields, they formed a journalistic band of brothers, repeatedly placing themselves in harm s way to bring the war home for anxious American readers.
Cronkite crashed into Holland on a glider with U.S. paratroopers. Rooney dodged mortar shells as he raced across the Rhine at Remagen. Behind enemy lines in Sicily, Bigart jumped into an amphibious commando raid that nearly ended in disaster. "The New Yorker" s A. J. Liebling ducked sniper fire as Allied troops liberated his beloved Paris. The Associated Press s Hal Boyle barely escaped SS storm troopers as he uncovered the massacre of U.S. soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.
"Assignment to Hell" is a stirring tribute to five of World War II s greatest correspondents and to the brave men and women who fought on the front lines against fascism their generation s assignment to hell. "