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Deconstructing the Rhetoric of War

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Norman Solomon, Joan Kenley, Peter B. Collins

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During CNN's GOP Presidential Debate, candidate Jeb Bush’s assertion that his brother – President George W. Bush – "kept us safe," was astonishing. The 9/11 attack, which instantly killed almost 3,000 people on U.S. soil, occured on President Bush's watch after his administration repeatedly ignored warnings that an attack was imminent. Yet Jeb Bush's basic misstatement of fact was never challenged during the debate – even by Donald Trump, whose critique of President Bush prompted the statement. This begs the question, "Can we trust the media?" We know the answer, but it takes skill and practice – and perhaps a bit of stamina – to cut through the rhetoric. Journalist, author, and media critic, Norman Solomon and eminent broadcaster, Peter B. Collins join us to expose the rhetoric and tell us how to think more critically about what we see, hear, and read. You’ll hear:

  • about presidents & leaders that used rhetoric to make war seem necessary
  • how "intentional selectivity" affects media messages, and also dilutes the truth
  • what hidden, astronomical costs have resulted from our most recent and current wars
  • about reliable sources for accurate reporting, such as
  • Congresswoman Barbara Leeís speech to Congress against the Iraq war
Featured Guests
Norman Solomon Norman Solomon has authored a dozen books – including, War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits keep Spinning Us to Death and Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters With America’s Warfare State. A nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics since 1992, he’s been featured in the NY Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and LA Times, and is frequently published on A recipient of the esteemed George Orwell award, Solomon founded the Institute for Public Accuracy, and serves as its executive director and the coordinator of its ExposeFacts project. A longtime associate of the media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting), Solomon is also co-founder of the online organization In the summer of 2015, Solomon became a member of the Courage Foundation advisory board. • Facebook • Twitter
Peter B. Collins Peter B. Collins is a well-known broadcaster, entrepreneur, and media consultant based in San Francisco. He was a satellite radio pioneer, and was part owner of progressive talk station KRXA in Monterey, California. In his late teens, during the Watergate years, he was a nightly on-air personality and talk show host at Chicago’s ABC FM affiliate, and at that intense time in history – his ground-breaking broadcast was rated number one. In addition to the groundbreaking Peter B. Collins Show, where he currently broadcasts analysis on national & international issues, he produces Cuerpo Corazon Comunidad and Conversations on the Coast, and is co-host of Marin Voices and Views.
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