Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq

Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq

By: David Miller (editor)Hardback

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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 ( and author of In the Hands of the Taliban), Tim Gopsill (Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom), Faisal Bodi (UK Guardian,, 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.

About Author

David Miller is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Geography and Sociology at the University of Strathclyde. He has previously edited Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy (2007), Arguments Against G8 (2005) and Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq (2003) for Pluto Press.


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

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  • ISBN13: 9780745322025
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780745322025
  • weight: 481
  • ISBN10: 0745322026

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