Editing the World
Alexander Cockburn spoke 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 people to challenge the present system of information control.
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.