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Z Staff: Writing for the Mainstream

Z Staff   Z: Over the years you have written in a lot of venues, ranging from newsletters to national left publications to mainstream periodicals and Time magazine. To what do you attribute this success? EHRENREICH: Is it success, whatever exactly that is, or just compulsive productivity? If it’s the latter, I can explain a Read more…

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David Peterson: The Global Media

David Peterson Edward S. Herman and Robert W. McChesney are two of the most important critics of the global media scene. A Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a contributor to Z Magazine since its founding in 1988, Edward Herman is the author of numerous books, including Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream

Part of the reason why I write about the media is because I am interested in the whole intellectual culture, and the part of it that is easiest to study is the media. It comes out every day. You can do a systematic investigation. You can compare yesterday’s version to today’s version. There is a lot of evidence about what’s played Read more…

Chris Gaal: A Tale of Fear and Greed

Chris Gaal   For years far-right critics of Social Security have warned of the impending financial collapse and bankruptcy of our nation’s public pension system. Suddenly, these predictions of doom burst into the headlines of the major news media. Are we finally going to have to face the music about Social Security’s coming insolvency? The Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Market Democracy in a Neoliberal Order: Doctrines and Reality

Noam Chomsky   I have been asked to speak on some aspect of academic or human freedom, an invitation that offers many choices. I will keep to some simple ones. Freedom without opportunity is a devil’s gift, and the refusal to provide such opportunities is criminal. The fate of the more vulnerable offers a sharp Read more…

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Joel Kovel: Bad News for Fast Food: What’s wrong with McDonald’s?

In 1990, London Greenpeace circulated a six-page leaflet entitled "What’s Wrong With McDonald’s? Everything they don’t want you to know." The ever-vigilant fast-food merchant did what it routinely does in such instances: threaten with law suits; and four of the six activists who put out the broadsheet did what others have done when faced with Read more…

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Henry A. Giroux: Disney, Southern Baptists, & Children’s Culture

Henry A. Giroux   The Southern Baptist Convention in June generated a lot of media attention when it called for a boycott of the Disney Company for promoting "immoral ideologies such as homosexuality." The Southern Baptists were angry because Disney sponsors "Gay Days" at its theme parks, provides health benefits to the domestic partners of Read more…

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Edward Herman: Pol Pot And Kissinger

Edward S. Herman The hunt is on once again for war criminals, with ongoing trials of accused Serbs in The Hague, NATO raids seizing and killing other accused Serbs, and much discussion and enthusiasm in the media for bringing Pol Pot to trial, which the editors of the New York Times assure us would be Read more…

Tom Lewiston: Motown ’97

Tom Lewiston   In one of Labor’s historic strongholds and the birthplace of the United Auto Workers’ Union war has again been declared on the working class. Near Flint, Michigan the city made famous by the sit-down strikes of the 1930s and the organizing by the CIO in the auto industry, the war against working Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Clinton And JFK — Media Myth, R.I.P.

Norman Solomon Five years ago, everywhere you turned, journalists were comparing Bill Clinton to John Kennedy. In the summer of 1992 — when the Democratic National Convention showcased footage of a teenage Bill shaking hands with President Kennedy — many news outlets proclaimed that manifest destiny was in the political air. The media hype escalated Read more…

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