Show Details for November 11th, 2007

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This week’s Guests:

Media critic NORMAN SOLOMON on War Made Easy

MARY FRANCIS and an update on the trial of Army Lt. Watada

— Media critic NORMAN SOLOMON on War Made Easy

Norman Solomon is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics. Monitor co-host Mark Bebawi will discuss his film and book, “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” The book was published in 2005, and a film based on the book released this year.

The Los Angeles Times called the book “brutally persuasive” and “a must-read for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee, or to arm themselves for the debates about Iraq that are still to come.” The newspaper’s reviewer added: “Solomon is a formidable thinker and activist.” The Humanist magazine described the book as “a definitive historical text” and “an indispensable record of the real relationships among government authorities and media outlets.”

Solomon’s latest book is “Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State” (October 2007).
Solomon is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts.
His book “Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You” (co-authored with foreign correspondent Reese Erlich) was published in 2003 by Context Books.
A collection of Solomon’s columns won the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. The award, presented by the National Council of Teachers of English, honored Solomon’s book “The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media.”
Solomon has appeared as a guest on many media outlets including the PBS “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,” CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, public radio’s “Marketplace,” and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.”
Solomon’s 1995 book “Through the Media Looking Glass” (co-authored with Jeff Cohen) drew praise from Booklist, which called it “a lively counterpoint to the dominant conservative critique of the ‘liberal’ media.” A review in the Los Angeles Times declared: “The bold, muckraking tone of these columns offers a welcome respite from the decerebrated discourse that too often passes for contemporary journalism.”
Norman Solomon is a longtime associate of the media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting).


War Made Easy

The website has excerpts:

The film maker’s website:

— MARY FRANCIS on the trial of Army Lt. Watada

First Lt. Ehren Watada this week got a good decision from a federal judge, as the Army continues to attempt to court martial him for his conviction that the war in Iraq is illegal, and that it would be illegal for him to command soldiers to fight in the war.

Hear Monitor co-host Pokey Anderson’s recorded interview with Mary Francis, retired teacher from Oklahoma, after observing the trial in February, and what the federal judge said about the military trial this week.


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