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Films and Videos

  • SPIN by Brian Springer - Pirated satellite TV feeds reveal how much of the news is censored and massaged before it appears on our screens. Must see. Order: 312-345-3550
  • George Seldes: Tell the Truth and Run - Academy Award Nominee 1997
  • Manufacturing Consent - Numerous awards
  • Waco: Rules of Engagement - - Academy Award Nominee 1998
    Note: The research for this film was funded in part by Soldier of Fortune Magazine. For an alternative analysis that implicates the US military. . For the latest analysis from Carol Valentine, producer of the Waco Museum
  • Without Fear or Favor
  • The Panama Deception - Academy Award winner 1992
  • Hearts and Minds - Academy Award winner 1974
  • Harlan County - Academy Award winner 1976


    RealAudio: J. Edgar Hoover and Lyndon Johnson get their stories straight a few days after the Kennedy assassination


    On Real Politik

  • Killing Hope - U.S. military and CIA interventions since World War II
  • Deep Politics and the Death of JFK - One of the few mature books on the realities of the US's political environment produced in the last 50 years
  • The Praetorian Guard : The U.S. Role in the New World Order - A critique of US foreign policy by a high decorated CIA veteran turned reformer
  • Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War - The Gulf War and the triumph of "suck up" journalism. Written by the publisher of Harper's.
  • When the Pentagon Was for Sale - Where all the money goes and the mechanics of how it's stolen
  • The Big White Lie - The Deep Cover Operation That Exposed the CIA Sabotage of the Drug War : An Undercover Odyssey
    In depth material, including tapes of radio programs by the author, is available from
  • The Science of Coercion: Communication Research and Psychological Warfare 1945-1960
  • Instruments of Statecraft: U.S. Guerrilla Warfare, Counterinsurgency, and Counter-Terrorism, 1940-1990
  • Chomsky for Beginners
  • Against Empire

    America's "Free" Press

  • Unreliable Sources: A Guide to Detecting Bias in News Media
  • Toxic Sludge is Good for You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry
  • Censored 1997: The News That Didn't Make the News-The Year's Top 25 Censored News Stories
  • The Media Monopoly
  • The Scapegoat Generation: America's War on Adolescents
  • The Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion
  • Through the Media Looking Glass: Decoding Bias and Blather in the News
  • Wizards of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News
  • Breaking the News: How the Media Undermines American Democracy

    On America's Car Culture

  • The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape
  • Down the Asphalt Path: The Automobile and the American City
  • Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took over America and How We Can Take It Back
  • The Auto-Free Times

    Organized Crime and American Mass Culture

  • Hit Men - organized crime and the music business
  • Dark Victory: Ronald Reagan, MCA and the Mob
  • Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football

    Election Fraud in America

  • Dirty Little Secrets: The Persistence of Corruption in American Politics


  • Commodify Your Dissent: The Business of Culture in the New Guilded Age
    "Seldom have I come across a book that in so short a space says so much about what now passes for the American cultural and intellectual enterprise." - Lewis Lapham
  • Bad Attitude : The Processed World Anthology
  • The Search for Africa: History, Culture, Politics
    There is so much more to Africa than ever makes it to the news and the school books. This book is a survey of Davidson's main interests: Africa's rich pre-colonial history, the manufacture of the ideology of racism by European intellectuals to justify the atrocity of the Atlantic slave trade, and the courage and success of modern African freedom fighters against staggering odds.
  • Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon
    The decades old relationship between American oil companies, totalitarian regimes, the U.S. government and evangelicals explored.
  • Heartfield vs Hitler
  • The Courage to Stand Alone: Letters from Prison and Other Writings
  • The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
  • Fighting the The Lamb's War: Skirmishes with the American Empire - The Autobigraphy Philip Berrigan

    Magazines and Newsletters

  • Media Beat: Columns from Norman Solomon, one of the leading news media critics of our time.
  • CovertAction Quarterly
  • EXTRA!
  • The Baffler - no web site
  • The Consortium for Independent Journalism
  • The San Francisco Investigator - An ongoing study of how financial corruption works in a major American city
  • Media Beat - syndicated column
  • Z Magazine - September 1997 issue
  • Prevailing Winds


  • Common Courages Press
  • South End Press


  • The Collaboration of Big Business and Fascism


  • Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
  • Project CENSORED

    Articles on the mechanisms of media manipulation

  • The Power of the Press has a Price - EXTRA!
  • Buying the News - The San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • Deforming Consent - CovertAction Quartlerly

    Web sites

  • Conversations with the General: What no one wants to report about the Oklahoma City Bombing

    San Francisco reporting

  • Peter Byrne's San Francisco Investigator
  • Election Fraud
  • Official Cyclist-Bashing

    Media analysis

  • Miller's Guide to Media Conglomerates: A graphic outline of who owns NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN.
  • Why is there no reliable news about the nuclear industry?
  • A letter from Noam Chomsky on the history of corporate/government cooperation in distorting the news.
  • Corporate Control of the Mass Media - a good collection of sites on this topic.
  • Public Information Research
  • "The Decline of American Journalism"


  • National Radio Project
  • Counter Spin

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