How American Mass Media Poisons Us with Hate

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Chris Hedges interviews Matt Taibbi  Truthdig edited by O Society June 11, 2019

In the latest episode of “On Contact,” host and Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges sits down with Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone for a two-part series on American media, which Hedges calls a “purveyor of hate.” They explore the ways in which Fox News reshaped the media in its own image, and how networks like MSNBC came to tell viewers exactly what they want to hear. A portion of this segment is devoted to Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent.

In “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media,” published in 1988, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky exposed the techniques that the commercial media used to promote and defend the economic, social and political agendas of the ruling elites. These techniques included portraying victims as either worthy or unworthy of sympathy.

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