Alexander Cockburn presents a lucid and witty lecture on how the mainstream media edit reality. Using many examples, he demonstrates how news is designed, regulated and managed to exclude stories and information that are not ideologically serviceable. The unspoken elite consensus, Cockburn contends, largely determines how issues are framed and topics chosen. His thesis will challenge and stretch perceptions of how and why the media function.
Alexander Cockburn was a keen observer of the U.S. scene and was in the front rank of media critics. His erudite and crisp writing was exemplary. He was a columnist for The Nation for many years. He was the author of Corruptions of Empire, The Fate of the Forest, co-authored with Suzanna Hecht, The Golden Age Is In Us, and co-authored with Jeffrey St. Clair Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs & the Press. He was the editor of CounterPunch. He died in 2012.