The Media and the Environment
The public’s perception and understanding of environmental issues, be they oil tanker spills, rain forests or spotted owls, are largely shaped and formed by the media. How and why are certain stories selected? What are their emphases and spins? The media are becoming increasingly concentrated and controlled by corporate conglomerates whose interests in the environment may be in conflict with the average citizen’s.
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.