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, and cartoonist Steve Bell amongst many others.
David Miller is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. He is the co-author of The Israel Lobby and the European Union (Public Interest Investigations, 2016) and editor of Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq (Pluto Press, 2003), amongst many other works.
Acknowledgements Foreword by Mark Thomas Introduction by David Miller Part 1 The Media War 1. A great betrayal by John Pilger 2. The lies of old by John Pilger 3. The case for civil disobedience by John Pilger 4. Crime against humanity by John Pilger 5. The unthinkable is becoming normal by John Pilger Part 2 Propaganda Wars 6. War is sell by Laura Miller, John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton 7. Brainscrubbing: The Failures of U.S. Public Diplomacy After 9/11 by Nancy Snow 8. Misreporting war has a long history by Des Freedman 9. Psychological warfare against the public: Iraq and beyond by Mark Curtis 10. The Propaganda Machine by David Miller 11. History or bunkum? by Philip Knightley 12. Spies and lies by Stephen Dorril 13. No Blood for oil? by Andy Rowell Part 3 Misreporting war 14. The minute it's made up, you'll hear about it by Mark Steel 15. Reporting the war on British television by Justin Lewis and Rod Brookes 16. 9/11, Spectacles of Terror, and Media Manipulation by Doug Kellner 17. 'Look, I'm An American' by Norman Solomon 18. 'Let the Atrocious Images Haunt Us' by Julian Petley 19. Normalising aggression by Ed Herman 20. Little Ali and other rescued children by Patricia Holland 21. Watchdogs or Lapdogs? by Granville Williams 22. The BBC: A personal account by Abdul Hadi Jiad 23. Mass Deception: How The Media Helped The Government Deceive The People by David Cromwell & David Edwards 24. Covering the Middle East by Robert Fisk 25. Why the BBC ducks the Palestinian story by Tim Llewellyn 26. Black holes of history by Greg Philo and Maureen Gilmour Part 4 Alternatives 27. Al Jazeera's war by Faisal Bodi 28. Target the media by Tim Gopsill 29. Turning my back on the mainstream by Yvonne Ridley 30. Working in and against the system by David Crouch 31. Disruptive Technology: Iraq and the Internet by Alistair Alexander 32. The anti-war movement by Noam Chomsky