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Propaganda Model
Propaganda model

Perhaps the most systematic and theoretically rigorous lapdog theory of journalism, the propaganda model of Herman and Chomsky ([1988]2002) was developed in order to (first) prove and (second) explain the persistently uncritical reliance of the news media on corporate and otherwise elite sources. Herman and Chomsky ([1988]2002) illustrate that the news media serve political and/or economic elites, promoting their agenda(s) and protecting their interests to the exclusion of democratic views and the welfare of the majority more generally. In the words of Klaehn (2003: 363), the model ‘is concerned with the question of how the interrelations of state, corporate capitalism and corporate media can be seen to influence media content’.

Contrary to certain criticisms the model does not suggest any ‘conspiracy’, either between ...

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