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"You Are Being Lied To" is a massive collection of articles that ruthlessly destroy the distortions, myths, and outright lies that are fed to us by the government, the media, corporations, history books, organized religion, science and medicine, and society in general. No one is spared, and all sacred cows are candidates for the grinder. Do you believe any of the following? "You Are Being Lied To" is a massive collection of articles that ruthlessly destroy the distortions, myths, and outright lies that are fed to us by the government, the media, corporations, history books, organized religion, science and medicine, and society in general. No one is spared, and all sacred cows are candidates for the grinder. Do you believe any of the following? Alcoholics Anonymous is effective.Hackers pose a grave threat to the nation.There's a hidden code in the Bible.The Big Bang is an airtight fact.Thousands of species have gone extinct because of deforestation. Licking certain toads will get you high.Most terrorists are Middle Eastern. Wake up! You're being lied to. This book acts as a battering ram against the distortions, myths, and outright lies that have been shoved down our throats by the government, the media, corporations, organized religion, the scientific establishment, and others who want to keep the truth from us. An unprecedented group of researchers--investigative reporters, political dissidents, academics, media watchdogs, scientist-philosophers, social critics, and rogue scholars--paints a picture of a world where crucial stories are ignored or actively suppressed and the official version of events has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. A world where real dangers are downplayed and nonexistent dangers are trumpeted. In short, a world where you are being lied to. Among the revelations inside: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sydney Schanberg on John McCain's efforts to conceal information on POW/MIAsHoward Bloom on liars in the mediaRiane Eisler on the realities of human natureJames Ridgeway on tainted blood and moreJim Marrs on missing evidence in important casesGreenpeace cofounder Peter Moore on environmental mythsMichael Parenti on atrocities in KosovoDouglas Rushkoff on the information arms raceGary Webb on the gutless corporate mediaHoward Zinn on Columbus


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"You Are Being Lied To" is a massive collection of articles that ruthlessly destroy the distortions, myths, and outright lies that are fed to us by the government, the media, corporations, history books, organized religion, science and medicine, and society in general. No one is spared, and all sacred cows are candidates for the grinder. Do you believe any of the following? "You Are Being Lied To" is a massive collection of articles that ruthlessly destroy the distortions, myths, and outright lies that are fed to us by the government, the media, corporations, history books, organized religion, science and medicine, and society in general. No one is spared, and all sacred cows are candidates for the grinder. Do you believe any of the following? Alcoholics Anonymous is effective.Hackers pose a grave threat to the nation.There's a hidden code in the Bible.The Big Bang is an airtight fact.Thousands of species have gone extinct because of deforestation. Licking certain toads will get you high.Most terrorists are Middle Eastern. Wake up! You're being lied to. This book acts as a battering ram against the distortions, myths, and outright lies that have been shoved down our throats by the government, the media, corporations, organized religion, the scientific establishment, and others who want to keep the truth from us. An unprecedented group of researchers--investigative reporters, political dissidents, academics, media watchdogs, scientist-philosophers, social critics, and rogue scholars--paints a picture of a world where crucial stories are ignored or actively suppressed and the official version of events has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. A world where real dangers are downplayed and nonexistent dangers are trumpeted. In short, a world where you are being lied to. Among the revelations inside: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sydney Schanberg on John McCain's efforts to conceal information on POW/MIAsHoward Bloom on liars in the mediaRiane Eisler on the realities of human natureJames Ridgeway on tainted blood and moreJim Marrs on missing evidence in important casesGreenpeace cofounder Peter Moore on environmental mythsMichael Parenti on atrocities in KosovoDouglas Rushkoff on the information arms raceGary Webb on the gutless corporate mediaHoward Zinn on Columbus

30 review for You are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes, and Cultural Myths

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. is a fascinating read: addressing a diverse number of topics, its many contributors offer alternative perspectives and compelling evidence to disprove many of today's popular myths, be they cultural, political, historical, religious or anthropological. One article offers up a few reasons to steer clear of aspartame, the popular artificial sweetener; another sets out to disprove the very existence of that one guy, Jesus. Among my favorites is an examination of the so-called "good" war, excerpted is a fascinating read: addressing a diverse number of topics, its many contributors offer alternative perspectives and compelling evidence to disprove many of today's popular myths, be they cultural, political, historical, religious or anthropological. One article offers up a few reasons to steer clear of aspartame, the popular artificial sweetener; another sets out to disprove the very existence of that one guy, Jesus. Among my favorites is an examination of the so-called "good" war, excerpted from a book by Michael Zezima. In "Saving Private Power," he challenges the notion that U.S. involvement in WWII was altogether heroic: "American lives weren't sacrificed in a holy war to avenge Pearl Harbor nor to end the Nazi Holocaust, just as the Civil War wasn't fought to end slavery. WWII was about territory, power, control, money, and imperialism. Sure, the Allies won and ultimately that's a very good thing--but it doesn't mean they did it fair and square. Precisely how unfairly they behaved will be explored in detail herein but, for now, the words of US General Curtis LeMay, commander of the 1945 Tokyo fire-bombing operation, will suffice: 'I suppose if I had lost the war, I would have been tried as a war criminal. Fortunately, we were on the winning side.'" I also enjoyed Charles Bufe's "AA Lies," which dispels several myths about AA, that smug and self-important organization whose success rate is pitiful, according to a study cited by the author. Bufe also discusses AA's connection with the Oxford Group Movement, coercion tactics AA employs in our penal system and courts, and the pervasion of the 12-step treatment method, which is "essentially institutionalized AA." In another article of intrigue, "Anatomy of a School Shooting," author David McGowan drops a couple bombs, pun intended, about the Columbine massacre. He cites reports from a number of sources to construct a vastly different scenario from the one with which we're familiar. Following this evidence to its logical conclusion, McGowan proposes that Harris and Klebold did not act alone. Overall this catalogue provides invaluable perspectives and serves as an excellent launch pad for further research. An added bonus: its mass alone merits a prominent place on the coffee table. If only I had a coffee table.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    What begins as a fairly visionary critique of media distortion, false social theory, the disinformation taught as history in public schools, the mass delusion that is religion and the insanity that is the war on drugs devolves rapidly in the last third into crazed rants about fringe topics. Sadly, all of the good that the book does is undercut by the insane ravings of Howard Bloom--who is elevated to god like status and then contradicted by the questionable scholarship of Rianne Eisler later in What begins as a fairly visionary critique of media distortion, false social theory, the disinformation taught as history in public schools, the mass delusion that is religion and the insanity that is the war on drugs devolves rapidly in the last third into crazed rants about fringe topics. Sadly, all of the good that the book does is undercut by the insane ravings of Howard Bloom--who is elevated to god like status and then contradicted by the questionable scholarship of Rianne Eisler later in the tome--Michael Cremo, Mark Pesce, Peter Russell, and Russell Williams (not to mention shaky propositions offered by Patrick Moore and Judith Rich Harris). The work of Zinn, Chomsky and Loewen makes for strange bedfellows with the work of paranoid and delusional conspiracy theorists who rave on and on in a rather incoherent fashion about UFOs and parapsyhological phenomena. Kick may have been on to something at one time, but one wonders now if he simply lacks any sort of real skill as an editor or if he is some government plant designated to distract the populace with more mis- and dis- information. I see another conspiracy afoot...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tamra

    On the one hand, this book has essays by Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, and quotes from people like Mark Twain, George Orwell and Bill Hicks. All good stuff. On the other hand, there are also essays that are strong arguments that the axiom 'extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence' should be tattooed to some peoples' foreheads. There are a number of essays that raise some interesting questions about what we think we know (Were there only two killers at Columbine?) and what other eviden On the one hand, this book has essays by Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, and quotes from people like Mark Twain, George Orwell and Bill Hicks. All good stuff. On the other hand, there are also essays that are strong arguments that the axiom 'extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence' should be tattooed to some peoples' foreheads. There are a number of essays that raise some interesting questions about what we think we know (Were there only two killers at Columbine?) and what other evidence exists (The two sons of the FBI's lead investigator may have been somehow involved with the Trenchcoat Mafia), but those essays take that information and twist it into grand conspiracy theories (The government is intentionally trying to keep us scared through school shootings!). I need some pretty extraordinary evidence to make that leap, and it just isn't there. It will be interesting to see what the new edition of the book looks like, but this is one that I would borrow before I buy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    This book traffics conspiracy theories and half-truths in the service of feeding the interest of people who don't trust establishment. Which is pretty much fine and necessary, I guess, but the problem is that these exposés you can't really take seriously. Case in point: The chapter on the Columbine massacre. I don't think there's any serious debate as to what happened that day, or how many shooters there were. However, the book pulls quotes from articles published in local newspapers the day aft This book traffics conspiracy theories and half-truths in the service of feeding the interest of people who don't trust establishment. Which is pretty much fine and necessary, I guess, but the problem is that these exposés you can't really take seriously. Case in point: The chapter on the Columbine massacre. I don't think there's any serious debate as to what happened that day, or how many shooters there were. However, the book pulls quotes from articles published in local newspapers the day after the shooting, cherry-picking wildly inaccurate reporting and hysterical quotes from bystanders. But that's all bullshit. There were only two shooters, and it was a tragedy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

    disinfo.com is a website ive been returning to for many years - one of the first ever subversive sites that i found. used to be the bomb, still has excellent stories from time to time. i should check back more regularly than i do.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Earl

    This includes my article on textbook censorship.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James

    I found this to be inaccurate often enough to have little credibility, and when it is right(government agencies and officials lie! GASP! Advertisers lie! WOW!), the reaction it inspires is more "Whoop-de-freaking-doo, so what else is new?" than shock or surprise. This guy takes himself WAY too seriously, or else he's a cynical hack. Either way, I wish I hadn't wasted as much time as I did before I dropped it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Weigand

    Though everything contained in this mammoth collection of conspiracy theories, whodunits and intellectual capers must be taken with a fist-sized hunk of salt, it deserves serious consideration on the part of every free-thinker out there. Granted, many of the articles and essays in this book are contradictory and *ahem* a little out-there, the same can be said of the bible. So let's not allow the obvious textual issues inevitable with a book like this get in the way of our enjoying it. You don't Though everything contained in this mammoth collection of conspiracy theories, whodunits and intellectual capers must be taken with a fist-sized hunk of salt, it deserves serious consideration on the part of every free-thinker out there. Granted, many of the articles and essays in this book are contradictory and *ahem* a little out-there, the same can be said of the bible. So let's not allow the obvious textual issues inevitable with a book like this get in the way of our enjoying it. You don't have to believe everything written here; I certainly don't. But it never hurts to get an alternative view on anything and everything people talk about. From cults to politics, cover-ups to unsolved mysteries, there's something here for anyone who ever thought "wait a minute, that doesn't make any sense at all" when they were watching the evening news. Grade-A food for thought. All it needs is a little salt and pepper.

  9. 4 out of 5

    J

    A few authors of sections may be missing a few tools from their shed, but no more than Lou Dobbs or Glenn Beck who somehow get to permeate the brains of the most vulnerable. Wolf Blitzer, I know where you sleep... Anyway, it's an interesting read with footnoted sources to review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joe Paulk

    Some of the essays here are frantic raves, others are more reasonable and at least give the reader a direction to turn to if they want more information. Secret FBI files are more believable however than Icke's lizard people.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    full of interesting poop.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    This was on everyone's shelf in college and I've leafed through it probably 50 times. Fun light reading for the conspiracy theorist, or, as Connor says, the alternative historian.

  13. 4 out of 5

    sologdin

    some interesting left content here, but much more of the paranoid style (in Hofstadter's conception) than otherwise.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tim Cusmano

    As with any disinfo book, read with a truckload of salt. Plenty of cool bits, and some out there shit as well.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nick de Vera

    Found this at National around when I was in college. Was impressive back then.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    worth skimming. The chunk on opiates was great.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    If there is a hint of skepticism in you about the information you receive on a daily basis, read this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Somehow its more believable when its written by the likes of Al Franken, a real politician.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ima.lotus

    Such a good read to understand many misconceptions and to get through the lies. How power is abused and people are manipulated sometimes by the media and some other times by our own ideas.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mike Greenfield

    I knew the media was corrupt, but I had no idea how bad it was until I read this book. It also comments about Religon, Government, etc. Great read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths by Russ Kick (2001)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashti

    A book of conspiracies that sort of make you wanna go ummmmm!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Taylor

    Fuck with it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Constantin Preda

    I hate being lied to and it puzzles me how many millions of American's believe EVERYTHING they hear, see, and read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    HeavyReader

    This book is filled with fascinating information, sort of conspiracy therory-esque, but believable. Once I picked it up, I could barely put it down.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gsglenlivet

    excellent labratory read,lol

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mr. Shoemaker

    Fun rants, many a little cracked, but much of the material feels too dated and irrelevant by 2012.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chet

    Entertaining alternative viewpoints of just about everything.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristeeeee

    i'm reading this cover to cover this time.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Lots of great articles. Too many to say.

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