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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.
Chapter 1: 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, ...