Degraded Capability

Degraded Capability: The Media and the Kosovo Crisis

Degraded Capability:
The Media and the Kosovo Crisis

London, Pluto Press, 2000
ISBN: 0745316328 (HB) / 074531631X (PB)
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Harold Pinter

Philip Hammond and Edward S. Herman

Part One: The West’s Destruction of Yugoslavia

1. Nato and the New World Order: Ideals and Self-interest
Diana Johnstone

2. Western Intervention and the Disintegration of Yugoslavia, 1989—1999
David Chandler

3. War Crimes
Mirjana Skoco and William Woodger

4. The War and its Aftermath
Peter Gowan

Part Two: Seeing the Enemy

5. New Militarism and the Manufacture of Warfare
Richard Keeble

6. Nazifying the Serbs, from Bosnia to Kosovo
Mick Hume

7. The Military and the Media
Mirjana Skoco and William Woodger

8. Symbolic Warfare: Nato vs. the Serbian Media
Goran Gocic

Part Three: Reporting the War around the World

9. Following Washington’s Script: The United States Media and Kosovo
Seth Ackerman and Jim Naureckas

10. CNN: Selling Nato’s War Globally
Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

11. Third Way War: New Labour, the British Media and Kosovo
Philip Hammond

12. Censorship by Omission
John Pilger

13. The French Media and the Kosovo War
Diana Johnstone

14. From ‘Never again War’ to ‘Never again Auschwitz’: Dilemmas of German Media Policy in the War against Yugoslavia
Thomas Deichmann

15. ‘Thank you God! Thank you Norway!’ Norwegian Newspapers and the Kosovo War
Karin Trandheim Røn

16. The Greek ‘Participation’ in Kosovo
Nikos Raptis

17. Consensus and Conflict in the Russian Press
Philip Hammond, Lilia Nizamova and Irina Savelieva

18. India:
How India Sees Through Western Reports
Raju Thomas
An Indian View of the Western Media from Iraq to Yugoslavia
Siddharth Varadarajan

Conclusions: First Casualty and Beyond
Philip Hammond and Edward S. Herman

Notes on Contributors

‘This extraordinary volume provides a comprehensive analysis of the role of the media in advancing Nato’s Kosovo war. It brings together the world’s leading authorities on the subject and the combination makes for an overpowering volume. For those who wish to understand just how flawed the media are in our democracies, this is necessary reading. For those who wish to make our media and our governments serve more democratic aims, this is mandatory reading.’
– Robert W. McChesney, Associate Professor, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

‘A shocking expose of the war crime of our times and its uncritical media coverage. Its description of how Nato’s war was fought and reported around the world is essential reading for students, scholars, and citizens concerned about democracy in our country and the world.’
– George Gerbner, Dean Emeritus, The Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania

‘In these penetrating and well-informed essays the simplifications, demonology, obfuscation, passivity, and partisanship of much of the Western media are all exposed and comprehensively explored. This is a critical and illuminating volume which offers provocative insights into one of the key episodes of recent history.’
– Professor Peter Golding, Head of the Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University

‘In this important book a distinguished cast of contributors correct the many media myths of the war in Kosovo. Unless we realise that news coverage of international crises is now dictated by Western governments with their spin doctors and propagandists, then we are doomed to become puppets, manipulated in the deadly service of the new world order.’
– Phillip Knightley, author of The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth Maker from the Crimea to Kosovo

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