I've been given a sneak preview of the latest "alert"
from Medialens (not to be confused with Media Hell). It's about
Nick Davies's new book, Flat Earth News. As with most
Medialens alerts, it's gaseous, so I've condensed it into the
main, er, points....
Media Alert - 14 February 2008
A remarkable shoal of liberal herrings
by David Cromwell (Medialens "Eds")
Nick Davies is to be congratulated for raising important issues
about media corruption which are rarely discussed, publicly,
by the media. However...
We think it's incredible that Davies doesn't mention the Propaganda
Model, or its authors Herman and Chomsky. And not a little suspicious
when you consider, also, that Davies makes snide remarks about
It's astonishing, also, that Davies doesn't mention the important
work conducted by Medialens. Literally, actually, astonishing.
Such an important omission says much about Davies's credibility.
Davies raises some useful points, and we do not wish to sound
overly dismissive. Indeed, more important commentators, such
as ourselves, should be able to utilise some of Davies's examples
for a more cogent, rigorous analysis of the structural malaise
of the media.
It should be noted of course that Davies's book received much
fanfare in the very media it purports to criticise. Our own
book, Guardians of Power, by comparison, was completely
ignored. What does this tell us about systemic suppression of
Davies completely fails in important respects. To that extent
he is surely complicit in the war crimes against Iraq (as we've
documented at great length - over 5,000,000,000 pages of Medialens
alerts since we launched in 2001). But he's a human being, so
please don't use uncouth or aggressive language in the emails
that you will flood him with.
of Medialens alert