Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy

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About the Author

John Nichols is The Nation's Washington correspondent, an editor at the Capital Times, and is co-founder of the national media reform organization Free Press. He is the author of The Rise and Rise of Richard B. Cheney and Jews for Buchanan. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of some two dozen books on media and political economy, including Digital Disconnect, Communication Revolution, and the award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy; a co-author, with John Nichols, of Tragedy and Farce; and a co-editor, with Ben Scott, of Our Unfree Press, and, with Victor Pickard, of Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights (all published by The New Press). McChesney and Nichols are also the co-authors of the award-winning Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America. McChesney's work has been translated into thirty-one languages. He lives in Champaign, Illinois, and Madison, Wisconsin.


"We need McChesney and Nichols desperately. Their book is a lifeboat for surviving the burst dam of bullshit called 'American media.'" --Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

"If we want a media that matters again, we have to build it from the ground up. Nichols and McChesney point the way. Let's act." --Jim Hightower

"Good fuel for progressive responses to the Fox cabal." --Kirkus Reviews