The Case for a Dutch Propaganda Model

Tabe Bergman


Media scholars in the Netherlands have largely ignored Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s propaganda model. Nonetheless, this article concludes that the model is germane to Dutch journalism and its current crisis because of the striking similarities between the Dutch and U.S. news systems and content. By focusing on the systems’ similarities instead of their differences, this article highlights the influence of the market on journalism on both sides of the Atlantic and offers insight into the PM’s international applicability. The article outlines the PM, discusses its increased relevance, and highlights the prominence of the model’s five filters in the Dutch media landscape.


propaganda model, the Netherlands, Edward Herman, Noam Chomsky, Dutch journalism, political economy, news media

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