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Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How it Distorts the Truth

StorySeptember 12, 2003
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Democracy Now! speaks with editor and columnist Joe Conason about the how the right wing has taken control of mainstream media in the United States.

That is the headline of this week’s column by Joe Conason, editor at large at the New York

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“Two years ago this week, our country suffered a momentous disaster that ought to have prompted a sharp change in the Bush administration’s foreign and domestic security policies.

“On that awful day — after standing outside my home and watching the World Trade Center fall — I hoped that George W. Bush would reconsider his rejection of America’s multilateral traditions.

“That day, I wrote a column suggesting that if the President and his advisers grasped the dimensions of the threat posed by Islamist terror, they just might abandon their unilateral illusions. If they understood what real security required, they might even seek renewed cooperation with our alienated allies.”

  • Joe Conason, author of the best-selling new book “Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How it Distorts the Truth.” He is the editor-at-large at The New York Observer. He writes a column for

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