Robert W. McChesney–Videos

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Bob McChesney

 

Owner of FreePress talks about media reform

 

Robert McChesney, The Difference Network, Marquette University

 

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Democracy Now! Robert McChesney on “The Death and Life of Great American Newspapers”

 

Corporate Owned Media-Truth

 

McCain and Obama on Corporate Media

 

Part One: Robert McChesney at NYU

 

Part Two: Robert McChesney at NYU

 

Part Three: Robert McChesney at NYU

 

Part Four: Robert McChesney at NYU

 

Part Five: Robert McChesney at NYU

 

Part Six: Robert McChesney at NYU

 

R. McChesney: Media and Politics in the United States Today

 

Robert McChesney – 2007 Fighting Bob Fest Kickoff

 

 

Robert McChesney on theRealNews pt. 1


 

Robert McChesney on theRealNews pt. 2

 

Dr. Robert McChesney 11-17-97

 

Annenberg Colloquium: The Politics of Media, Technology and Culture

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

Robert McChesney

“…

  • Professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Founder of the “media reform” organization Free Press
  • Former co-editor of the Marxist journal Monthly Review and a current Director of the tax-exempt Monthly Review Foundation
  • Board member of the Institute for Public Accuracy  …”

“…Robert McChesney is the founder of the “media reform” organization Free Press, and a board member of Norman Solomon’s Institute for Public Accuracy. He is also a former editor and current board member of the Marxist magazine Monthly Review, which has a fifty-year history of supporting Communist movements and regimes.

“…In Professor McChesney’s view, the American media are largely shills for conservatives and the Bush administration, and willing abettors of his unjust wars. As he wrote in 2003:

“What is most striking in the U.S. news coverage following the September 11 attacks of 2001 is how . . .  the very debate over whether to go to war, or how best to respond, did not even exist. Tough questions were ignored. Why should we believe that a militarized approach will be effective? Moving beyond the 9-11 attacks, why should the United States be entitled to determine — as judge, jury, and executioner — who is a terrorist or a terrorist sympathizer in this global war? What about international law? Most conspicuous was the complete absence of comment on one of the most striking features of the war campaign, something that any credible journalist would be quick to observe: . . . There are very powerful interests in the United States who greatly benefit politically and economically by the establishment of an unchecked war on terrorism. This consortium of interests can be called . . . the military-industrial complex. It blossomed during the Cold War when the fear of Soviet imperialism — real or alleged — justified its creation and expansion. A nation with a historically small military now had a permanent war economy, and powerful special interests benefited by its existence.”

In addition to the books he co-authored with John Nichols, McChesney has also penned the following titles: Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy: The Battle for the Control of U.S. Broadcasting, 1928-1935 (1993); Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy (1997); The Global Media: The New Missionaries of Corporate Capitalism (co-authored with Edward Herman, 1997); Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times (1999); and The Big Picture: Understanding Media Through Political Economy (co-authored with John Bellamy Foster, 2003). McChesney also co-edited (with Ben Scott) the 2004 book Our Unfree Press: 100 Years of Radical Media

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2227 

Robert W. McChesney

“…Robert W. McChesney is an American professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication. His work concentrates on the history and political economy of communication, emphasizing the role media play in democratic and capitalist societies. He is the President and co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization. McChesney also hosts the “Media Matters” weekly radio program every Sunday afternoon on WILL-AM radio; it is the top-rated program in its time slot in the Champaign-Urbana area.[citation needed]

McChesney has written or edited sixteen books. He has also written some 150 journal articles and book chapters and another 200 newspaper pieces, magazine articles and book reviews. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. Since launching his academic career in the late 1980s, McChesney has made some 500 conference presentations and visiting guest lectures as well as more than 600 radio and television appearances. He has been the subject of more than 70 published profiles and interviews. In 2001 Adbusters Magazine named him one of the “Nine Pioneers of Mental Environmentalism.”

“…Media Matters radio program

Since 2002, Bob McChesney has hosted Media Matters, a call-in radio show broadcast weekly on WILL-AM. Guests such as Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Danny Schechter, Seymour Hersh, Norman Solomon, Amy Goodman, Howard Zinn, and Gore Vidal discuss the relationship between media and American politics and answer questions from callers.[4] Programs and achieves can heard online at http://will.illinois.edu/mediamatters/.

The liberal media watchdog group Media Matters, formed in 2004, changed their name to Media Matters for America to avoid confusion between the two entities.

Media reform and social activism

One of McChesney’s primary interests is media reform. He is the founder and president of Free Press, a national, non-partisan organization dedicated to media reform and democratization. He is a former editor of the socialist Monthly Review, and now a director of the foundation that operates the magazine. McChesney sits on the board of directors of the Institute for Public Accuracy,[3], and is a member of the Liberty Tree Board of Advisers. …” 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_W._McChesney 

Free Press

“…Free Press is a non-partisan media advocacy organization, and by membership the largest such organization in the United States.[citation needed] It was founded by media critic Robert W. McChesney, journalist John Nichols and current executive director Josh Silver. The current chair of Free Press is Columbia Professor Tim Wu. In the 2000s, Free Press has grown into among the most prominent organizations criticizing media consolidation and defending network neutrality. It has a membership of over 500,000, making it in membership terms the largest media advocacy group in the United States.[1] …”

Free Press’ aim is to increase the public’s stake in the debate of appropriate media policy with the goal of creating a more competitive media landscape and promoting a media system more friendly to the public interest. In the period from 2002-2008, Free Press was one of the leading organizations in the Save the Internet campaign and the Stop Big Media coalition. Free Press is also the organizer of the large annual National Conference for Media Reform.

Free Press employs a full time lobbying staff in Washington, D.C. Free Press’ senior lobbyist, Ben Scott, has been described as a “driving force for ‘net neutrality.'” [1]

Free Press

http://www.freepress.net/

 

“Free Press

  • Advocates decentralizing ownership of broadcast media
  • Stages National Conferences on Media Reform

Free Press is a tax-exempt  “media reform” organization co-founded in December 2002 by radical Professor Robert McChesney of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, The Nation magazine’s Washington correspondent John Nichols, and campaign-finance-reform advocate Josh Silver. Free Press shares offices, telephones and directors with the non-tax-exempt “social welfare organization” Free Press Action Fund, which openly engages in political lobbying.

One of Free Press’s projects is the staging of conferences. In November 2003, its first National Conference on Media Reform was held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This media reform conference was keynoted by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) host Bill Moyers and its star was Amy Goodman, host of the national radio program Democracy Now!  This conference, as reported by Z Magazine, also prominently featured “El Salvador and Palestine solidarity activists” who “gave updates on their work.”

Free Press’s Second National Conference for Media Reform (held May 13-15, 2005) in St. Louis, Missouri featured the following speakers: Medea Benjamin of Global Exchange and Code Pink; David Brock, head of Media Matters for America; Laura Flanders, author and radio host; Bill Fletcher of TransAfrica Forum; Al Franken of Air America Radio; Amy Goodman; Juan Gonzalez of the New York Daily News; Robert Greenwald, Director of the anti-Rupert Murdoch documentary Outfoxed; author and commentator Jim Hightower; Janine Jackson of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting; author and columnist Naomi Klein; George Lakoff, University of California Berkeley professor and Democratic Party advisor; Robert McChesney; John Nichols; and California Congresswoman Diane Watson, a member of the Progressive Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. …”

“…Board members of the Free Press Action Fund include McChesney; Nichols; Linda Foley, President of the Newspaper Guild/Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO; and Norman Solomon, Executive Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA), on whose board McChesney sits. Another Free Press Action Fund board member is Cindy Asner, wife of actor Ed Asner. The Asners are activists in Progressive Democrats of America.

Free Press founders McChesney and Nichols have co-authored three books: It’s the Media, Stupid!, Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media, and Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy. The authors and their organization are endorsed by leftist  professor Howard Zinn: “Free Press is doing the important work of stimulating a national discussion on the role of a free media in this country. It deserves widespread support.”

Free Press receives financial support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Glaser Progress Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Overbrook Foundation, the Philadelphia Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, the Surdna Foundation, and the Wallace Global Fund. …”

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7103

 

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