The Gospel According To The New York Times Paperback – Sep 15 2000
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About the Author
Bill Proctor is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and has worked as a reporter for the New York Daily News. He has written or co-authored more than 70 nonfiction books, including several national bestsellers. Leaders and celebrities he has interviewed or collaborated with include Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronald Reagan, Billy Graham, Charles Colson, Art Linkletter, Willard Scott, Pat Boone, and George Gallup, Jr. Proctor is the author of the Broadman & Holman title The Resurrection Report, and also two novels. He currently lives in Vero Beach, Florida.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is not so much about familiar "liberal bias" claims; rather, it shows what the New York Times does goes beyond simple bias, to a conscious, deliberate, planned attack on opposing world-views with the goal of substituting its own set of absolute values.
A decision to engage in propaganda often arises from a strong set of beliefs or vested interests. Since the average person today has shallow or non-existent personal philosophies (generally developed by cobbling together beliefs based on what gratifies preconceptions one isn't even aware of), true-believers with convictions can often convince non-believers easily.
But if you understand the propagandists presuppositions -- those things he assumes are true, often without even realizing it -- and can identify and understand links to other organizations and philosophies, you will be in a better position to recognize the pattern, evaluate which assumptions are in play, and thus the correctness of the message.
This book can therefore serve as an excellent guide to fostering critical thinking when it comes to modern media, through its examination of the most powerful news organization in the world, the New York Times. Nearly all journalists determine what is important and 'the angle' from the NYT, thus extending it's influence to the smallest town or largest cable network.Read more ›
There are seeds of truth about the media throughout the book, which might inspire critical thinking by mature Christians who have substantial media knowledge. But Proctor is not that sort of deep thinker. He is a cheerleader for those who would swallow simple-minded conclusions, starting with the notion that responsibility for changes in public attitudes over the last few decades "must in large part be laid squarely at the feet of the mass media."
Proctor fundamentally goes astray in his assumption of *intent* on the part of the Times. In fact, no one had to plan to create a moral code; the implicit moral code in the mass media is the result of a society that puts faith in free markets to be an infalliable source of truth. By demonizing the Times, Proctor neglects the reality that human institutions *always* fall short of the truth. In an eagerness to place blame, he fails to see how the mass media could become a force of evil, in which we all share responsibility, unless people consciously chose to make it one. Proctor shows that he worships free speech and free markets -- the mass media's justifications -- more than God.Read more ›
"The Gospel" awakens your sense of inquiry as you read newspapers and pay attention to other forms of media releases. In the book, you'll find suggestions on ways you can read or listen to the news in an active manner, as opposed to a passive one.
I like the author's writing style of breaking down the subject matter in a simple way. "The Gospel" is easy to read and gives you a lot of food for thought.
Anyone who gets news information from the radio, television, Internet, a magazine or newspaper, not only The New York Times, will be interested in picking up a copy of this book.
The author does a great job with references and examples straight out of the paper.
The book is a fast read but gives the reader a lot to ponder.
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