Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Nationally Syndicated Columnist Covers the Politics of War

Norman Solomon—syndicated media columnist and founder of the Institute for Public Accuracy—will speak on “The Media Politics of War” at Ithaca College on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Part of the Park Scholar Tenth Anniversary Speaker Series, Solomon’s talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

A journalist whose experience spans many years of freelance writing for Pacific News Service and other media outlets, Solomon has been writing his nationally syndicated column “Media Beat” since 1992. In addition, he is the author of 12 books, including “Unreliable Sources: A Guide to Detecting Bias in News Media,” “Wizards of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News,” and “War Made Easy: How President and Pundits Keep Spinning Us.”

In the introduction to Solomon’s 1999 book, “The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media,” educator and author Jonathan Kozol wrote, “The tradition of Upton Sinclair, Lincoln Steffens, and I.F. Stone does not get much attention these days in the mainstream press . . . but that tradition is alive and well in this collection of courageously irreverent columns on the media by Norman Solomon.”

An archive of Solomon’s columns are available at www.normansolomon.com.

Solomon’s talk is the second in a year-long campus wide speaker series celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Park Scholar Program, a merit-based financial assistance initiative that covers the cost of up to four years of undergraduate study in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. The first speaker in the series was Danny Green, the 1985 Park School alumnus who co-created The Smoking Gun website.


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