Distortions at Fourth Hand

Chomsky, Noam; Herman, Edward S.

Publisher:  The Nation, USA
Year Published:  1977  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX8903

Chomsky addresses the issue of "freedom of the press". He points out that while publications that shun eyewitness accounts of the situation in post-war Vietnam have a daily circulation of approx. 250 000, smaller publications which rely on these firsthand testimonies reach a limited audience. In this fashion, Chomsky warns of the dangers of accepting only what filters through to the American public, as it is "a seriously distorted version of the evidence available".

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