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Embedded--weapons of mass deception : how the media failed to cover the war on Iraq
Schechter, Danny.
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, [2003]

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286 pages ; 24 cm
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Winners and Losers -- Producing the war -- Countdown to war -- Mobilizing opinion -- Battlefield blues -- Surrounding Baghdad -- War kills journalists -- So this is victory? -- Remembering the fallen -- What can you do about it? -- International perspectives.
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Daniel Isaac Schechter was born in Manhattan, New York on June 27, 1942. He received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University. While there, he organized rent strikes in Harlem and marched for civil rights in Washington, D. C. and in the South. He received a master's degree from the London School of Economics, where he became active in the antiapartheid movement.

In 1971, he joined the Boston rock station WBCN-FM, where he found a following as Danny Schechter, the News Dissector. As a producer of the ABC News magazine 20/20, his work won two Emmy Awards. In 1988, he and Rory O'Connor founded Globalvision, which produced Rights and Wrongs: Human Rights Television and South Africa Now, a weekly public affairs program that won a George Polk Award in 1990.

During his lifetime, he wrote 17 books including The More You Watch the Less You Know: News Wars/(Sub)Merged Hopes/Media Adventures and Madiba A-Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela. He also made more than 30 films, including six documentaries on Nelson Mandela and another entitled WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception. He died of pancreatic cancer on March 19, 2015 at the age of 72.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

News hound Schechter (Media Wars; The More You Watch the Less You Know; etc.) opines on WMDs ("Weapons of Mass Deception") in this impassioned indictment of the news media's coverage of the recent war in Iraq. Among his beefs are the civilian casualties that were "rarely shown in the western media," the way the coverage "sold the war even as it claimed to be just reporting it," and the media's poor-and in some cases absent-portrayal of the war protests, which he says were "the largest global protests in history." Calling the President "Daddy Bush" and using other colloquial terms, Schechter presents his thoughts in a diary-like form, dating his thoughts as the war progresses and interjecting questions (for himself and for readers) throughout. For skeptics and those unhappy with the way Americans learned of what was happening in Iraq, this is an energetic but deeply discouraging study. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

Globalvision, a New York City-based television and film production company, has produced several books on the media and their failings, including cofounder and executive producer Schechter's Media Wars: News at a Time of Terror. Here, Schechter once again critiques American media, this time focusing on their lack of objectivity owing to undue influence by government and corporations. As he observes in the introduction, "This book focuses on the campaign that involved co-opting and orchestrating the news media" during Gulf War II, principally through "the effort to embed reporters whose work was subsidized by the Pentagon." A veteran journalist with 30 years' experience, Schechter presents his case in a series of reverse-chronology blogs (web logs) that are a pastiche of many sources, plus additional personal commentary. The criticism can be unrelenting but is certainly shown to be justified in the context of events. However, the book's format is so geared to the moment that its future usefulness as a source for those researching this topic is questionable. Recommended for larger public libraries and academic journalism collections.-Ari Sigal, Puckett Inst., Morganton, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Danny SchechterKathleen T. RheimDavid MillerGreg MitchellTed RallRaimund Mock and Marcus Rettich
Booksp. 2
Dedicationp. 5
Prologue to a Post Logp. 9
Blogging the War Awayp. 15
Chapter 1 Winners and Losers
Training Media For Warp. 31
Pentagon Puts Journalists to Use in Selling the Warp. 33
Irony and Reality in Reporting the Post-war Warp. 35
Now That the War is Over, Media Shame Surfacesp. 37
The Link Between War, the FCC and our Right to Knowp. 39
White House Press Party Becomes a Bush Rallyp. 41
War as News Becomes War as Historyp. 45
Chapter 2 Producing the War
Iraqi 'Monster' Seeks to Win our Hearts and Mindsp. 51
War Calls and the News Biz Rushes to Enlistp. 53
The Media War and the Anti-war Movementp. 54
How to Keep the Media on Messagep. 56
Keeping the Cards Below the Tablep. 59
The Media War Mirrors the Coming Warp. 64
Partying with MSNBC.comp. 65
Messiahs and More Media Mishigasp. 67
Words From the Wisep. 73
Chapter 3 Countdown to War
Washington Demands U.N. Inspectors Leave Iraqp. 77
Liberation By Devastationp. 79
Embed with the Militaryp. 84
Chapter 4 Mobilizing Opinion
Right Wing Liberation Theology Drives Speechp. 91
War Dances and Media Complaintsp. 94
Media Jumps Aboard the President's War Expressp. 96
When Jingoism Replaces Journalismp. 98
"Fictitious Times are Here Again"p. 102
15 Bungled Storiesp. 107
Chapter 5 Battlefield Blues
Is the Invasion Bogged Down in a New Quagmire?p. 111
The Network Jihad on Journalismp. 116
Personalities Targeted as Problems Emergep. 121
"A Preposterous Facsimile of Journalism'p. 122
What is "the Value Proposition?"p. 128
Media Shakedown and Breakdownp. 134
Onward, Christian Soldiersp. 136
War as One Big Jokep. 141
Chapter 6 Surrounding Baghdad
Invaders Face Sandstorms, Bugs and Citizen Soldiersp. 145
April Fools' Day: The Fall and Rise of Peter Arnettp. 146
Pentagon Turns on Armchair Generalsp. 152
Baghdad Braces, Say TV Facesp. 156
Words of the Wisep. 161
Chapter 7 War Kills Journalists
Death Toll Mounts as War Tragedy Invades Newsroomsp. 165
What Would Dr. King Say About All of This?p. 167
TV is Bombed to Cure Their Propagandap. 171
Decapitation Strikes Target Saddamp. 175
Comics Make Fun of the Conflictp. 179
Amnesia Stalks the Airwavesp. 184
Another War of Wordsp. 186
Chapter 8 So This is Victory?
Looting Erupts, Baghdad in Chaos as Soldiers Watchp. 191
Liberation Festival for Thieves and Terrorp. 198
War Wows Them in Heartlandp. 205
Networks Decide to Change the Subjectp. 207
War is Over, Now It's Time to Move onp. 211
Now the Resistance and Political Turmoilp. 214
War Coverage Under Fire From BBC Chiefp. 217
Thug Life, Baghdad Stylep. 219
Truth Crushed to Earth Will Rise Againp. 221
The Statue Spectacle: We Wanted It to Be True But It Wasn'tp. 228
Chapter 9 Remembering the Fallen
After the War: Call for a Media Crimes Tribunalp. 233
CPJ Releases Report on Palestine Hotel Attackp. 235
Roster of the Dead and Missingp. 236
Amplifing Officials, Squelching Dissent (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)p. 237
Chapter 10 What Can You Do About It?
A Call for Media Activismp. 241
After the War: The Summer of Summing Upp. 243
Manhunts and Media Myopiap. 251
A Letter to Edward R. Murrowp. 257
The Networks and News Managementp. 262
Chapter 11 International Perspectives
The War Against Iraq on Television: A Split Realityp. 267
Last Words
Deception as Policyp. 281
About the Author: Danny Schechterp. 285
About Coldtype.netp. 286