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Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy Paperback - New



 
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Author Robert W. McChesney

Part of ‘The Open Media Pamphlet Series,’ this small, but well-researched, text clearly lays out the problems that print, television and internet media have encountered as they labor under the ownership of usually unseen and unknown mega-corporations.  Such ownership means that true reporting of the ‘news’ may well damage the reputations and profits of their corporate owners, as well as the widening circles of interests of those on their owners’ corporate boards.   Moreover, through the advertising necessary for media’s continuance, other corporations also have the ability to depress, weaken or expunge news that could harm their corporate earnings.  Such combinations may well mean that the American people hear very little truth about what is happening in their own country, as well as in the world.  McChesney’s thesis is copiously documented by five pages of endnotes that includes complete bibliographical information.  As of this review, McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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