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An eye-opening case study of the news at war, introducing a critical perspective on our mass mediaThe Pen and the Sword is the only comprehensive examination of how the media have covered the 21st Century’s #1 news story: terrorism and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is the full story—from 9/11 to the Obama doctrine, and including:The increasing importance of entertainment media and soft news in shaping our views.

Media, Democracy, Hegemony
Media, democracy, hegemony

This chapter argues that the press is full of promise and fraught with peril: It can be an instrument of democracy, or of hegemony. We'll apply this maxim to the subject of American foreign policy by examining the dominant, press-preferred story of American foreign policy and offering an untold story about America's role in the world.

We begin by asking, How important is a free press to democracy? It's so important, we'll discover, that democracy is simply not possible without a free press, which is why the Founding Fathers and the Supreme Court have given the press a privileged place in our Constitution.

Next we'll ask, What do a people who mean to be their own governors need from the press? Again, ...

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