An eye-opening case study of the news at war, introducing a critical perspective on our mass media
The 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 Pen and the Sword uses this tragic and eye-opening case study of the news at war to ask, "Why?" and to offer a critical perspective on our mass media, including the latest information on the underpinnings of the news business—corporate ownership, the power of elites to define the news—and adds three important new features of the media landscape:
The media profit crisis of the late '00s and how it is affecting the news.
The creation and mainstreaming of a new right-wing media surround-sound system.
The increasing importance of entertainment media and soft news in shaping our views.
"Exoo has written an exceptionally thoughtful contribution to the politics and media literature. This is one of the best books on media and politics in print and is strongly recommended to all audiences."