"As 'News Dissector' on Boston radio, Danny Schechter literally educated a generation..." —Noam Chomsky
"Danny Schechter, a kind of journalist without borders, has shaken up public broadcasting, among many other media institutions, in the course of his career as a self-styled 'News Dissector' and human rights advocate..." —The Nation
News Dissector brings together Schechter’s writings on human rights, politics, and the media over a span of four decades of activism and reporting, including ten years in radio news reporting and twenty years creating television news and public affairs programs and independent documentaries.
These pieces provide a fascinating look at the trajectory of what was once simply called “The Movement” Allen Ginsberg, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Abbie Hoffman, and other figures from the counter-culture and new left come alive in these pages. Schechter's run-ins with the FBI and the CIA provide facscinating and often entertaining reading. A large section covers Vietnam during and after the war. Throughout, Schechter exposes the practices and prejudices of the news media and proposes detailed corrective action. The collection also includes pieces of a more personal and sometimes emotional nature;the observations, impressions, and inspirations of a radical journalist. News Dissector is an enlightening book by one of the few journalists to emerge from the alternative media of the 60s and 70s with his politics and principals intact.
Danny Schechter is executive producer of Globalvision, a television and film production company, and executive editor of Mediachannel.org, a global media watchdog website. His writing on current events and media issues has appeared in The Boston Globe, Newsday, Village Voice, The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, and many other publications. He is the author of The More You Watch, The Less You Know (Seven Stories, 1997) and Falun Gong’s Challenge to China (Akashic Books, 2000). He lives in New York City.
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"As News Dissector on Boston Radio, Schechter literally educated a generation..." -- NOAM CHOMSKY "...a kind of journalist without borders, who has shaken up public broadcasting, and many other media institutions in the course of his career." - The Nation