Sunday, August 20, 2006

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle ... all » 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.

*note: this video is over an hour long and guaranteed to get the anti-Palestinainian and pro-Israel crowd howling, "propaganda!"

1 comment:

Ben Heine said...

Hi dear David!
Thanks for all the relevant information (text, photo, video, real facts and sincere emotion...) you gave us through your Blog.;)
I just wanted to let you know that I really love your last cartoon about the war in Lebanon. It is dreadly powerful, black and white with some colours cleverly placed... Actually, as you certainly already noticed, Erdogan Karayel has placed it on his Donquichotte great gallery. Regards to you and stay in touch :) Ben