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by David Binder,
Correspondent for the New York Times.
years in exhaustive preparation and writing, Media Cleansing:
Dirty Reporting, is the
blockbuster book by American journalist Peter Brock that exposes
the shocking record of the Western media's war reporting in the
breakup of Yugoslavia and their collusion that deceived the world during the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo.
This book will reveal why mainstream media refuses to interview this award winning journalist. At the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on March 17th, 2006, David Binder called for the revocation of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting awarded to John Burns of the New York Times and Roy Gutman of Newsday saying: "...in all fairness and honesty, the Pulitzer should be revoked ...or give Janet Cooke's Pulitzer back."
is THE story that the pack journalists, correspondents and editors
would not, and will not write.
are the documented contradictions, the profession-wide errors,
admissions, confessions and suppression by the reporters and
correspondents who were co-participants in the deliberate dismantling
of a sovereign nation, inflaming governments and the United Nations,
politicians and manipulating public opinion.
is the book that was feared by the mainstream American and European
press since 1993 when "Dateline Yugoslavia: The Partisan
Press" was published by this author in Foreign Policy, the
journal of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington,
D.C.). It reverberated throughout Western capitals, shattering
the media's self-illusions about impartiality, objectivity, fairness
and truth and provoked an unprecedented reaction and backlash
from media organizations, journalistic societies, academics and
government leaders, leading to street protests in Europe, and
even a "press trial"!
adapted from the outcry of "ethnic cleansing" that
drove the decade-long civil wars, shows how Western journalism
became THE essential war propaganda. Invasion, occupation, repression,
and selective prosecution of war criminals resulted from the
media hysteria over so-called "rape camps," "concentration
camps," and deliberate policies of atrocity, mass murder
and chemical warfare being re-introduced to mainland Europe.
Hundreds of thousands were brutally evicted from homelands occupied
for centuries by their ancestors. Horrific economic sanctions
were deliberately inflicted, causing generation-wide disease,
birth defects and chronic maladies unseen since medieval times
- and that will persevere for decades! Agricultural lands are
laced with radioactive debris from depleted uranium and toxic
chemicals. Widespread air and water pollution contaminate not
only former areas of conflict in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and
Kosovo but adjacent Balkan nations, as riparian ecosystems in
the lower 600 miles of the Danube River watershed are disrupted
if not destroyed forever. Uncounted land mines, explosives, live
ammunition - including undetonated NATO missile warheads and
cluster bomb components - are unaccounted for.
the national and regional economies in "former Yugoslavia"
are being further decimated. Ranks of unemployed expand exponentially.
And worse, presidential assassination and the failure of caricature
Balkan elections accompany the alarming rise of ultra-nationalism
as factions in the region are increasingly volatile. The extremist
scourge that ruined Yugoslavia only a decade ago is reviving
rapidly to re-ignite and destabilize the whole of Europe - again!
traces the pathology of media complicity that consumed and obsessed
trusted international news organizations and news professionals.
Scores of interviews with examinations and analyses of the published
record compelled the correspondents and their editors to confront
their negligence, co-belligerence and admitted collusion that
deceived the world.
career as a newspaper journalist for more than 30 years is highlighted
by 17 professional awards - including being named a finalist
for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize competition in Public Service.
as a political and environmental writer and investigative reporter,
Mr. Brock holds the Southern Journalism Award for Investigative
Reporting (Duke University), the Thomas L. Stokes Award for Environmental
Reporting of the Washington Journalism Center, and other distinctions.
has widely traveled the Balkans, Western Central Europe, the
former Soviet Union, the Middle East and other regions since
specialist in the role of the Western media in the Balkan wars,
Mr. Brock's controversial articles and reports were reprinted
in major newspapers worldwide. He appeared on nationally-televised
panel discussions that focused on the Yugoslav wars, and he was
interviewed by numerous domestic and international newspapers,
television and radio.
began his newspaper career at The Philadelphia Inquirer, served
for 20 years with The El Paso (Texas) Herald-Post, and wrote/reported/edited
for newspapers in New Mexico, Colorado and Washington, D.C.
Peter Brock has done a masterful job
- through patient and unbiased documentation and cool, logical
reporting - of highlighting the great failure of the media in
fairly and accurately covering the break-up of the former Yugoslavia
and the subsequent wars in its constituent parts. As someone
intimately involved in covering the wars of the 1990s in the
Balkans, I can attest that Brock's writing is restrained
and, if anything, understated, and the indictment of the media
for its bias and the resultant contribution to the start and
ongoing conduct of the war is valid. That there were genuine
initial misunderstandings on the part of the world's media
with regard to the Balkan situation is clear. But the fact that
the media - on whose judgments governments made policies -
allowed itself to be duped by propagandists, and that editors
then refused to recant when their errors became obvious: there
lies the essence of Brock's indictment. The free press
of the world fought to be recognized as the guardian of truth
and as a pillar of good governance. It cannot now deny culpability
and reject criticism, or avoid the growing sentiment that it
- as with all aspects of public life - requires constant review,
and reform. It is evident from Brock's vital and eminently
readable book that for freedom to perish, all it takes is for
the media to exempt itself from its ethical responsibility toward
impartiality. If Watergate was the modern starting point for
agenda-based reporting, then the Balkan wars showed that, unchecked,
the media could, without accountability, bring about the downfall
of nations. The resultant emergence of terrorist coordinating
centers in the Balkans, intimately involved in the 9/11, Madrid,
and London attacks, can be laid directly at the door of the editors
who allowed bias to rule their coverage of the Balkan wars. We
have yet to see the full consequences of the media's shameful
unprofessionalism in the Balkan wars of the 1990s. But to start
to remedy the problem it is essential that Brock's Media
Cleansing: Dirty Reporting be widely read, and its message taken
to heart. Peter Brock's book should be the basis for both
Congressional and independent media enquiries.
-- Gregory R. Copley, President of the
International Strategic Studies Association, and Editor of Defense
& Foreign Affairs publications.
Those of us who served as UN commanders
in Bosnia realized the majority of the media reports were biased
to say the least. Whenever we tried to set the record straight
we were and continue to be accused of being, "Serbian
agents," refreshing to see a journalist, not
a general, dispel some of the myths that characterized the professional
propaganda paid for by two sides in a three-sided civil war.
-- Lewis MacKenzie, Major General (retíd)
UNPROFOR Chief of Staff and Commander Sector Sarajevo March to
August 1992 Author of, Peacekeeper: The Road to Sarajevo, 1993
Reporting "Serbian genocide" became a highly profitable industry that produced Pulitzer prizes
and million-dollar best sellers. Media careers and fortunes were
made through a campaign of anti-Serb hate and hysteria allowing
no response from the Serbian side. Peter Brock has written a
book meticulously correcting such past media lies and exaggerations.
For those open-minded and willing to read another point of view,
Brock's book will be a revelation.
-- Professor Raju G. C. Thomas, author
and editor of a dozen books, and recently the contributing editor
of Yugoslavia Unraveled: Sovereignty, Self-Determination, Intervention,
Lexington Books, 2003.