Friday, December 14, 2007

Video: The Media and its Portrayal of Palestine and Israel

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land compares the differences in U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis between Palestine and Israel. The film demonstrates how the U.S. mainstream media (MSM) continually perpetuates mis-perceptions of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to the American public.

In fact, pro-Israel groups are screening American news reports in order to make its invasion and illegal occupation of Palestine invisible so that Israel maintains a favorable image in the eyes of the American people.

MSM (ever the complacent one now) even spins the language used to describe illegal homes built on Palestinian land to skew perception, eliciting American sympathy, by using terms such as neighborhood instead of settlement.

Also MSM will highlight the deaths of Israeli people in an 'American theme', i.e. introducing you, the viewer, to the family, portraits of the slain, the funeral, etc., but they dismiss Palestinians as if they are non-people, sometimes not even reporting them.

Unfortunately, our MSM has been bought and sold and so we really are not receiving any 'real' news information at all (pretty much all of it is being screened by someone including the White House) which forces anyone desiring real world news and information, commentaries and opinion to look to foreign news coverage or rogue reporting...

As for me, I'm getting ready to unplug the television because there isn't much real journalism or news on it anymore except Democracy Now! and I can get their information via the Internet.. The only 'news' station I watch is CNN and I can only take bits of it before they bore me to death with their non-news agenda.

Remember what news used to be like? Well, it seems we don't get it now and thus, most of the American public is in the dark about what is really going on in our country or world today... How I pine for those days when REAL news reporters, journalists, commentaries and opinions were on t.v. Now that was news!

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