Tell Me Lies
Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on IraqBook - 2004
Did the US and UK governments lie about weapons of mass destruction to promote an attack on Iraq?
Did the media hold them to account or act as cheerleaders for war?
Tell me Lies reveals the systematic propaganda used by both the US and UK governments to convince us of the 'threat' from Iraq. It shows how we were deliberately misled into a war that has resulted in a humanitarian disaster in Iraq and threatens to create further instability and resentment of the US and UK throughout the Middle East.
Written by some of the world's leading journalists and commentators, it's a scathing indictment of the role of the mainstream media in legitimising government actions and undermining dissent. Critics, activists and journalists from both sides of the Atlantic explore alternatives such as the internet and Al Jazeera and provide analysis and guidance on resisting the media war.
Contributors include John Pilger, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Edward Herman, Mark Thomas, Mark Steel, Phillip Knightley, Tim Llewelyn (BBC Middle East Correspondent), Abdul Hadi Jiad (Iraqi journalist sacked by the BBC before the war), David Cromwell and David Edwards (Media Lens), Mark Curtis, John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton (PR Watch, and co-authors of Weapons of Mass Deception and Toxic Sludge is Good For You), Pat Holland, Norman Solomon (columnist and director of the Institute for Public Accuracy), Nancy Snow (California State University, Fullerton, author of Propaganda Inc. and Information War), Doug Kellner (UCLA), Julian Petley, Yvonne Ridley (Aljazeera.net and author of In the Hands of the Taliban), Tim Gopsill (Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom), Faisal Bodi (UK Guardian, Aljazeera.net), Alistair Alexander (Stop the War Coalition), Greg Philo (Glasgow University Media Group), Steve Dorrill, Andy Rowell, Granville Williams and cartoonists Steve Bell, Steve Caplin and Polyp.
Once again war flickers across our television screens and our consciousness. Men crouch, running, holding large black guns; child amputees scream; women mourn their dead in languages we cannot understand. We watch, but remarkably few of us ask basic questions: who stood in the vertical hail of bullets, who stood in the children's ward, who stood in the street funeral and took these pictures, and why were they sent there? Author and media researcher Miller and his contributors seek an answer in 32 essays and interviews about how we get these images, why they appear to us and when, and if any of them are the unvarnished truth. The authors explore the complex relationships among US and UK politicos and the mass media, the choices members of the media are compelled to make, and the alternatives available to ordinary people like us, who watch. Distributed in the US by the U. of Michigan Press. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)