Just finished watching another great John Pilger doc. This one is about the failure of the media to report on war crimes and human rights violations, or to question governmental actions / reports. The doc covers WWI, WWII, vietnam, Palestine-Israel briefly and then goes on to focus on the war in Iraq (1991 and 2003). The movie questions the usefulness of embedded journalism and suggests that they’re used to convince the media that the war is going just as planned. Pilger interviews Dan Rather, embedded journalists, Julien Assange (wikileaks), and others I’m forgetting…
Here’s a quote from a review by Dr J. Sadie Clifford:
The war you don’t see is whatever our governments don’t want you to see, argues John Pilger’s ITV documentary. Military propaganda is directed, not just abroad, but at the British and American public. It works to manipulate public opinion with the complicity of a supine and short-sighted media – covering up the bloody limb-tearing, body-shattering killings of civilians by its armed forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine.
The most effective censorship is the co-option of mainstream media into the propaganda effort. In today’s news culture, this is easier than ever. The job of journalism is to report the elites, according to news managers like the BBC’s Fran Unsworth and ITV’s David Mannion. In the ‘echo-chamber’ of the 24-hour news cycle, the words of those in power are amplified a thousand times over.
also: I found this video from this blog