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News Dissector : Passions, Pieces and Polemics, 1960-2000 - Danny Schechter

News Dissector

Passions, Pieces and Polemics, 1960-2000

Paperback Published: 1st June 2001
ISBN: 9781888451207
Number Of Pages: 297

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"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.

Excerpt: A Hidden Hand At PBS?


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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

Forewordp. 10
Introductionp. 12
Student Press Association Credentialsp. 21
Movement Days
Student Forump. 25
What Is a Revolutionary?p. 26
Hoffa and Hazardp. 27
Discovering Harlernp. 32
Black Nationalismp. 37
Deep in the Heart of Harlemp. 39
Community Organizerp. 41
Infiltrating City Hallp. 44
Draft Boardp. 50
Raising the Questionp. 52
London Guerilla Forcep. 57
Chicago Eight Attackp. 59
On the Beachp. 62
Hopes for the Future 1977p. 66
Vietnam Vet
War Crimesp. 71
Going Therep. 74
Saigon Christmasp. 79
Visit to a Liberated Zonep. 81
Saigon Briefingp. 87
Letter to the Editorp. 94
How the War Was Wonp. 96
Operation Babyliftp. 104
Ho Ho Ho: Hanoi for the Holidaysp. 122
The CHAOS Caperp. 133
Edited CIA Filesp. 137
CIA File: Informant's Reportp. 141
Letter from Mass. CLUp. 142
G-Men on My Tailp. 143
Spying on the FBIp. 147
Harvard and the CIAp. 149
The CIA and Journalismp. 159
Engaging Africa
Africa Journal '67p. 165
From a Closed Filing Cabinetp. 169
Media Myopiap. 177
Visiting the New South Africap. 188
Mbeki's Muddlep. 194
Media Maker
Charles and Howardp. 203
A Letter to Newsweekp. 211
A Hidden Hand at PBS?p. 212
Snatching Defeatp. 217
P.S. CAA Reduxp. 220
The Rights and Wrongs of Making Human Rights Televisionp. 223
The Conspiracy of Silencep. 231
What If?p. 242
Media Critic
Dissecting the Tubep. 251
Helicopter Journalismp. 260
Uncovering the Pressp. 268
Bosnia: A Failure of Journalismp. 272
Selling Chinap. 276
Watch Local, See Globalp. 279
Don't Mess with Public Accessp. 282
(Low) Power to the Peoplep. 284
How to Change the Mediap. 287
A Call from My Daughterp. 295
About the Authorp. 302
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ISBN: 9781888451207
ISBN-10: 1888451203
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 297
Published: 1st June 2001
Publisher: Akashic Books,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32