Tragedy and Farce

Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy
by John Nichols and Robert McChesney [New Press]

This satisfying contribution from media reformers McChesney and Nichols recounts the US mainstream media's dismal performance during the buildup to the Iraq War and the 2004 election season. The book offers an informative critique of the national media's apparent bias towards powerful interests, its magnetic attraction towards often-misleading consensus frames for debate on significant issues. A great read; includes an interesting examination of mainstream coverage of the Howard Dean presidential campaign. -jl

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey