'Challenges students to reexamine their beliefs about the news media, helping them to become more critical citizens. In doing this, the text engages students' attention in crucial developments in the media, in politics, and in the intersection of the two' - Paul R. Brewer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Recent content analysis shows that terrorism and international conflict-the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq-have been the number one story of American news since 9/11. The Pen and the Sword is the first comprehensive review of how the news media have covered-and are covering-these momentous events. This coverage is used throughout the book to introduce and to illustrate a critical perspective on the mass media, examining contemporary issues of media economics, politics, and public opinion.
Calvin F. Exoo is Professor and Chair of Government at St. Lawrence University. He is also the author of Democracy Upside Down: Public Opinion and Cultural Hegemony in the United States and of The Politics of the Mass Media. His numerous articles on the politics of the mass media have appeared in such publications as Polity, New Political Science, The Journal of Ethnic Studies, The New York Times, The Times (London), The Baltimore Evening Sun, and the Los Angeles Times. In 2006, Exoo was selected as a Saul Sidore Lecturer at Plymouth State University, and in 2009, he was named Outstanding Faculty Member by the senior class at St.Lawrence University.
1. Media, Democracy, Hegemony Democracy and the Press The Theory of Cultural Hegemony America's Place in the World: The Hegemonic Story Another Story: American Empire Our Manichean Media Americans and American Empire 2. Night Falls: 9/11 and the Afghan War "All Changed, Changed Utterly" From Multilogue to Monologue The Entertainment Media Enlist The Bombing Begins Happy Days Are Here Again: Burkhas Off, Music On! Return of the Taliban 3. Iraq: War Comes to the "City of Peace" Vulcanized War Drums: Fall 2002 Final Stretch You Don't Say The Entertainment Media Reenlist Endgame 4. "And the Lord Did Shock and Awe Them That Blasphemed Him" Power and Glory The Official Story Embedding: A Pre-History Embedded The Unembedded: At Risk and At Sea Kodak Moments More Inconvenient Facts, More Obfuscation "Mission Accomplished" 5. Aftermath: "What Rough Beast, Its Hour Come Round at Last . . . " Pictures from "The Dark Side" A Casualty Story Becomes a Casualty The Blood- Dimmed Tide Obama and Beyond 6. Why? The Commercial Imperative Establishment Sources Mainstreaming the Right