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2007.09.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Syndicated Media Critic to Speak at UNO Sept. 24 on "StratCom and the Warfare State"

Omaha - Norman Solomon, a journalist and nationally syndicated media columnist, will speak at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) later this month.

Solomon will speak from 7-10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room. The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by UNO’s School of Communication.

Solomon will discuss the U.S. Strategic Command’s central role in the war on terror.

Since 1992, Solomon has written “Media Beat,” a weekly nationally syndicated column on media and politics. PBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN and NPR have welcomed Solomon on various programs to discuss politics and the mainstream media.

“Across the political spectrum, and across the country, many Americans are feeling deep concerns about the priorities of the federal government,” Solomon said. “Dividing lines between ‘foreign policy’ and ‘domestic policy’ are near the vanishing point. The budgets at the Pentagon and the lives shattered in Iraq are integral to the realities of our society, whether we live in New Hampshire or Nebraska or California.”

Solomon’s books include “Target Iraq,” “Wizards of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News,” “The Trouble With Dilbert: How Corporate Culture Gets the Last Laugh,” “False Hope: The Politics of Illusion in the Clinton Era” and “The Power of Babble: The Politician’s Dictionary of Buzzwords and Doubletalk for Every Occasion.”

A documentary titled “War Made Easy,” based on Solomon’s 2005 book by the same name, was recently released. Actor Sean Penn narrated the film.

“Norman Solomon has long insisted that the media act in their role as the founders, such as Thomas Jefferson, would have intended, as questioner, and check on governmental power,” said Bruce Johansen, UNO communication professor and the event’s organizer. “In our time, that means holding the current administration to account on its record nationally and globally.”

Solomon’s latest book, “Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State,” will be published in October by PoliPointPress.

Call (402) 554-2762 for more information. Solomon’s Web site is www.normansolomon.com.

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