WASHINGTON - December 6 - Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Danny Schechter exposes the failures of Iraq news reportage in a new book that goes beyond the conventional right-left framework. When News Lies: Media Complicity and the Iraq War reveals how the media marketed the war to the American public.
“Many newspapers and media companies have issued “mea-culpas’ admitting flawed coverage in the run-up to the war,” says Schechter. “But what about the ongoing distorted and sanitized coverage of the war itself?”
The book will be launched at “A Night of Truth and Media” December 13 by MediaChannel.org the world's largest online media issues network. The dean of the White House press corps, UPI’s Helen Thomas, will be present to receive Media Channel’s 2005 “Journalism of Truth and Courage” Award.
Col. Sam Gardiner (USAF, retired), an information warfare specialist, writes in the preface: “Danny Schecter’s book is not a history book. Its importance is not in our understanding the past. More than anything, he is warning us to be prepared for the future.” Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff, who covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq, wrote the book’s foreword.
Select Books, Inc. is releasing When News Lies in a special Digital Media Edition, with a DVD of Schechter’s award-winning documentary Weapons of Mass Deception, a critique of television coverage of the U.S. invasion. His “manifesto” on the media, The Death of Media, will also be launched by Melville House at the event.
FOR MORE ON THE BOOKS:
Tuesday, December 13, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Viet Gallery, 345 Greenwich St., New York City (in Tribeca)
ABOUT DANNY SCHECHTER:
Danny Schechter is a TV producer, independent filmmaker and media critic. His many books include Media Wars: News at a Time of Terror, and he has written for dozens of national magazines. The former “news dissector” is now executive editor of MediaChannel.org, which provides news and critical analysis from more than 1,000 contributors and affiliates worldwide. Schechter was part of the start-up staff at CNN, and then moved to ABC as a producer for 20/20 before starting a production company that has won awards for series such as “South Africa Now” and “Rights and Wrongs,” and for documentaries such as one on Nelson Mandela. He is making a film about creditors and debtors.