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Editing the World

Program #COCA002. Recorded in Los Angeles, CA on January 30, 1988.

Alexander Cockburn spoke in Los Angeles in January 1988 about how reality is twisted by the mainstream press and what we can do about it. He cited examples of media propaganda offensives including December 1987 accounts of Nicaraguan peace talks, Israel's use of the military to police Gaza, and more. Cockburn urged his audience to challenge the present systems of information control.

Speaker(s):

Alexander Cockburn

Alexander Cockburn was a keen observer of the U.S. scene and was in the front rank of media critics. He was a columnist for The Nation for many years. He wrote Corruptions of Empire, The Fate of the Forest, co-authored with Suzanna Hecht, The Golden Age Is In Us, and Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs & the Press. He was the editor of CounterPunch. His erudite and crisp writing was exemplary. Alexander Cockburn passed away in 2012.



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