Video: Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

This is a 1992 film based on a book of the same name by Noam Chomsky & Edward Herman(which I'm currently reading). It is nearly 3 hours long,so get a comfortable seat.. but it's worth it. Enjoy your weekend!



Peter Wintonick and Mark Achbar made this penetrating documentary about the career and views of linguist and media critic Noam Chomsky. While the man is the subject of the movie, the filmmakers wisely and carefully choose not to make Chomsky more important than his insights into the way print and electronic journalism tacitly and often willingly further the agendas of the powerful. We learn a lot about Chomsky's formative experiences as a child, student, academic, activist, and politician (he has campaigned for office), but we learn just as much about the media institutions that deny him access today, from ABC to PBS. The centerpiece of the film, arguably, is a long examination into the history of the New York Times' coverage of Indonesia's atrocity-ridden occupation of East Timor, reportage that (as Chomsky shows us) was absolutely in lock step with the government's unwillingness to criticize an ally. --Tom Keogh

Previously: Book Seen! Understanding Power by Noam Chomsky

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  1. Watched the video sometimes back in the nineties. Would love to watch it again though! Good video!

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