A ‘pacifist’ review of war coverage?
A documentary which some may see as bashing US and Western Coverage of Israel.
It’s a another view of things that happened there from another perspective.
In fairness- it has some points- but overall is has a Anti-Israel, anti-american, and, anti-western, spin all its own too.
It seeks to give reasons for reprters ‘views’ amd of course labels some one way or another.
Though one must in fairness look at this to understand all sides and issues. However it fails in many areas to look at the basic role and rule of story telling which is afterall the roots of journalism.
It is all – and I mean all – told from the perspective of the teller.
take a look at this…
The extreme difference is popular media is often seen by the viewers and readers for the news items and taste people look at and see – yes – the news orgranizations must try to uplift and educate and give all sides to issues. But it also must be remembered by the old adage of will it be understood in all places the same way. Still it is a riviting peice from the pacifist view of the way things need to be told and reported. An eye opener.
… “Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites–oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others–work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported. Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how–through the use of language, framing and context–the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel’s PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics. ” …
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