William A. Dorman
Professor of Government, Emeritus

California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, California 95819

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The U.S. Press and Iran: Foreign Policy and the Journalism of Deference,co-authored with Dr. Mansour Farhang, Professor of Politics, Bennington College, Vt.; University of California Press, 1987; paper, 1988).


American Press Coverage of U.S.-Soviet Relations, the Soviet Union, Nuclear Weapons, Arms Control, and National Security: A Bibliography, co-authored with Robert Karl Manoff and Jennifer Weeks; Center or War, Peace and News Media, New York University, 1988.

Chapters or Essays in Books


"A Debate Delayed is a Debate Denied: U.S. News Media Before the 2003 War With Iraq," essay in Leading to the 2003 Iraq War: The Global Media Debate, London: Palgrave MacMillan.


"The News Media and Humanitarian Interventions: A Look at the Current Debate," chapter in South African Yearbook of International Affairs, 2000/01, published by the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg.


"Press Theory and Journalistic Practice: the Case of the Gulf War," essay in Do the Media Govern: Politicians, Voters and Reporters in America , Shanto Iyengar and Richard Reeves, eds., Sage Publcations, Inc.


"The Media's Civil Voice," essay in Media/Reader, 3rd Ed., Shirley Biagi, ed., Wadsworth Publishing Co.


"News and Historical Content: The Establishing Phase of the Persian Gulf Policy Debate," co-authored with Steve Livingston, Chapter in Taken By Storm: The Media, Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Gulf War, L. Bennett and D. Paletz, eds. (University of Chicago Press.


"Mass Media, Public Discourse and U.S. Policy in the Middle East," Chapter in U.S. Policy in the Middle East: Toward New Perspectives , H. Amirahmadi, ed., State University of New York Press.

"The Press and Global Conflict: Beyond the Cold War," essay in Media/Reader, 2nd Ed., Shirley Biagi, ed., Wadsworth Publishing Co.


"Mass Media and Public Discourse in the Nuclear Age," in Shirley Biagi, ed., Media Reader: Perspectives on Mass Media Industries, Effects and Issues (Belmont, Ca.: Wadsworth).


"Playing the Government's Game," essay in Domestic Sources of U.S. Foreign Policy: Insights and Evidence, C.W. Kegley, Jr. and Eugene R. Wittkopf, eds.(New York: St. Martin's Press).

"The Media Are Biased in Favor of the Government," essay in The Mass Media: Opposing Viewpoints, Greenhaven Press.


"The Press and International Conflict," essay in Selected Issues in Logic and Communication, Trudy Govier,ed., Wasdworth Publishing Co.


"The Media," Assessing the Nuclear Age, Len Ackland and Steven McGuire, University of Chicago Press.


  • “Stop Me Before I Shill Again: American Journalism and the Iraq War,” Political Communication Report [ International Communication Association & American Political Science Association] Fall 2003. (http://www.ou.edu/policom/1303_2003_fall/dorman.htm)
  • Review of The Black Image in the White Mind: Race and the Mass Media by Robert M. Entman and Andrew Rojecki, South African Journal of International Affairs (Spring 2001)
  • “Term Papers in the Age of the Internet,” Newsletter of the CSUS Center for Teaching and Learning, Fall 1999.
  • A review of Reporting the Arab-Israeli Conflict: How hegemony works by Tamar Liebes in Journal of Communication (Summer,1998)
  • "Reasoning for a Second-Hand World," Inquiry : Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines (Spring 1997) essay based on keynote address, 16th Annual Conference on Critical Thinking, Sonoma State University, July 1996.
  • "In Galileo's Garden: Thinking Critically About A Changed and Changing World," The Long Term View (A Journal of Opinion published by Massachusetts School of Law] Fall 1994.
  • "Mass Media and Logic: An Oxymoron," Vision (published by Center for Critical Thinking at Sonoma State Univ.) Winter 93/94.
  • "Literary Journalism and the Uses of Detail," WRITER-L [Online] Nov. 22, 1994.
  • "The Media's Civil Voice," Peace Review (Spring 1993)
  • "Reflections on Values and Perspectives of Media Coverage of the Gulf War," Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Inter Press Service Council on Information and Communication for International Development, Italian Parliament, Rome, Italy, May 30, 1991.
  • "Ideology, the Press and the Gulf War," Proceedings of a Conference on the Press and the Persian Gulf War, co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism and the Middle East Studies Center, University of California, Berkeley, May 20-23, 1991.
  • "The Forgotten War," Deadline [Research Bulletin of the Center for War, Peace and the News Media, New York University], January/February 1991.
  • "Recent Changes in Global Society: Implications for Leadership in Education," keynote address in Proceedings: A.A. Cleveland Conference, School of Education, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. July 1990.
  • "Chemical Weapons: A Debate Denied," Deadline, March/April, 1989. (Deadline is the research bulletin of the Center for War, Peace and the News Media, New York University.)
  • "Mass Media and Public Discourse," Special Issue on News and the Media, National Forum [published by Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society] Fall 1987.
  • "Reporting Iran the Shah's Way," Journal of Third World Studies (Fall 1986), Special Issue on Revolution in the Third World. This article, which is accompanied by a recent epilogue, was reprinted from Columbia Journalism Review (Jan/Feb 1979). Co-authored with M. Farhang.
  • "The Politics of Dissent," Deadline (publication of Center for Study of War, Peace and News Media distributed as a supplement to Nuclear Times), November 1986.
  • "Run Silent, Run Deep: Adm. Rickover and the Press," Deadline, September 1986.
  • "The U.S. Press and Chernobyl," Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, August 1986. Co-authored with Daniel Hirsch of University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • "Peripheral Vision: U.S. Journalism and the Third World," World Policy Journal, Summer 1986.
  • "Mass Media: Playing the Government's Game," Bulletin of Atomic Scientists [40th Anniversary Issue], August 1985.
  • "Seeing Russia Through Red Tinted Glasses," Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, February 1985.
  • "Mass Media and Mass Communications," essay in "Nuclear War: A Teaching Guide," a special supplement to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, December 1984.
  • "The Image of the Soviet Union in the American News Media: Coverage of Brezhnev, Andropov and MX," Keynote address, Proceedings: Conference on War, Peace and the News Media, New York University (New York: 1983).
  • "The U.S. Press and Lebanon," SAIS Review, Winter-Spring 1983. [The Review is published by Foreign Policy Institute, School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.] Co-authored with M. Farhang.
  • "The Second-Hand World of Islam," a Review/Essay of Edward Said's Covering Islam, Arab Studies Quarterly, Fall 1982.
  • "Lybia and the Press," commentary syndicated by Pacific News Service to more than 200 newspapers. Among other places, appeared in Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Oakland Tribune. Co-authored with M. Farhang. 1981.
  • "Legitimacy Conferred: the Shah and the Aspen Institute," article in The Nation, June 20, 1981. Subsequently syndicated by Independent Newspaper Alliance.
  • "Uncovering a Revolution: the Iranian Experience," Journal of the American Institute for the Study of Middle Eastern Civilization, Summer 1980. Co-authored with M. Farhang.
  • "Favors Received," editorial essay, The Nation, Oct. 11, 1980.
  • "Iranian People vs. U.S. News Media: a case of libel," Race and Class, [London] XXI, 1 (1979).
  • "Why Nobody Lost Iran," Politics Today, May/June 1979. Co-authored with M. Farhang.
  • "Reporting Iran the Shah's Way," cover story in Columbia Journalism Review, Jan./Feb. 1979. Co-authored with M. Farhang. This article was reprinted in International edition, Herald-Tribune (Paris); National Times (Sydney, Australia); Ashai (Tokyo, Japan) and in a number of U.S. newspapers and magazines ranging from Des Moines Register to New Harvest Magazine.
  • "The Children of James Agee: The New Journalists," Journal of Popular Culture, 1976. Co-authored with Prof. Charles Gregory, English.


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