Weblog post: http://www.futuresalon.org/2004/12/interrupting_yo.html
On this mailing list there is quite some discussion going on
regarding the "What is wrong with TV News?" post.
Quite fitting to that theme, there is a great chance to see how the
media is covering the Iraq war in the new movie: Weapons of Mass
Deception playing this weekend at the Embarcadero (and in Berkeley
Please take a break from the Holiday frenzies and join us for the
7:30 showing tomorrow Saturday 12th of December at the Embarcadero
theater. Danny Schechter the director will be at hand to answer some
questions after the film. If that wasn't enough, we will head to the
next watering hole afterwords for more discussions too.
The Chicago Reader says it goes beyond Michael Moore and offers
a "comprehensive and devastating critique of the TV news networks
complacency and complicity in the war in Iraq ....brilliantly argued
and well documented ." .
Noam Chomsky in 1988 talks about manufacturing consent. I am sure
that we will see some of that documented tomorrow night. (Another
summary of Chomsky's book written by David Cromwell)
Think about all the things that don't get reported too, or did you
know about the Cuban political prisoners in the US? I didn't until I
read a Chomsky interview:
Cuba approached the United States with an offer to cooperate in
combating terrorism and, in fact, the FBI sent people to Cuba to get
information from the Cubans about it. The next thing was that Cubans
who had infiltrated the terrorist groups in the United States were
arrested. That is utterly shocking! Do you think it's reported?
Nobody knows about it. I mean, here are Cubans who are infiltrating
illegal, terrorist organizations in the United States, which are
violating US law and the infiltrators are arrested, not the
Shocking. He is referring to this William Blum's article in Counter
Punch as one of the few good accounts.
Quite some food for thought and discussion tomorrow night.
See you all there, Mark.