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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Preface lix

1. A Propaganda Model 1
2. Worthy and Unworthy Victims 37
3. Legitimizing versus Meaningless Third World Elections: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua 87
4. The KGB-Bulgarian Plot to Kill the Pope: Free-Market Disinformation as "News" 143
5. The Indochina Wars (I): Vietnam 169
6. The Indochina Ware (II): Laos and Cambodia 253
7. Conclusions 297
Appendix 1: The U.S. Official Observers in Guatemala, July 1-2, 1984 309
Appendix 2: Tagliabue's Finale on the Bulgarian Connection: A Case Study in Bian 313
Appendix 3: Braestrup's Big Story: Some "Freedom House Exclusives" 321

Notes 331
Index 395

About the Author

EDWARD S. HERMAN is Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

NOAM CHOMSKY is Professor, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Herman of Wharton and Chomsky of MIT lucidly document their argument that America's government and its corporate giants exercise control over what we read, see and hear. The authors identify the forces that they contend make the national media propagandisticthe major three being the motivation for profit through ad revenue, the media's close links to and often ownership by corporations, and their acceptance of information from biased sources. In five case studies, the writers show how TV, newspapers and radio distort world events. For example, the authors maintain that ``it would have been very difficult for the Guatemalan government to murder tens of thousands over the past decade if the U.S. press had provided the kind of coverage they gave to the difficulties of Andrei Sakharov or the murder of Jerzy Popieluszko in Poland.'' Such allegations would be routine were it not for the excellent research behind this book's controversial charges. Extensive evidence is calmly presented, and in the end an indictment against the guardians of our freedoms is substantiated. A disturbing picture emerges of a news system that panders to the interests of America's privileged and neglects its duties when the concerns of minority groups and the underclass are at stake. First serial to the Progressive. (Oct.)

"[A] compelling indictment of the news media's role in covering up errors and deceptions in American foreign policy of the past quarter century."--Walter LaFeber, The New York Times Book Review

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