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The Myth of the Liberal Media (1998)

Destroying the myth of the 'liberal media,' the documentary shows how corporate interests influence the news coverage of key events.


Sut Jhally


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Credited cast:
Edward S. Herman Edward S. Herman ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noam Chomsky ... Himself
Justin Lewis Justin Lewis ... Himself


Destroying the myth of the 'liberal media,' the documentary shows how corporate interests influence the news coverage of key events.

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learn the meaning of the word propaganda
7 June 2004 | by buyjesusSee all my reviews

"This video is so bad and biased that..." yeah well, on goes the ever-analytical mindset of the right, unable to confront the fact that, yes, documentaries are biased. curious though, why are no documentaries being made by republicans? wait, i mean valid ones...

the ideas in this documentary are none that are better articulated somewhere else. and surely, there's nothing all too special about the manner in which this piece was tossed together, unlike achbar's chomsky doc Manufacturing Consent, which makes the case a little better.

pundits and casual observers will always argue until their heads fall off about the political slant of the media because essentially the terms right and left are deductive, figurative conceptions, often times part of the same beast. right or left, the corporate plutocratic state makes sure that infotainment first passes through several filters to keep in check the news in check with what is popularly being decided the truth will be. it doesn't take a postmodern scholar ( or an"idiot talking head" to point this out, you can ask dan rather about it and he'll tell you the same. he may not use terminology to allude to the oppressive nature of such filters, but the devices are definitely in place.

from what i remember of watching this video, it merely scrapes the surface. and yes, some of the examples are rather weak, but with an obvious title like "the myth of the liberal media" and the brevity of the video itself, it serves as a good introduction for any one who is read to open themselves up to decentralized thinking.

every voice coming through our television sets is a narrative, a cool medium, structured for our engagement by some level of hierarchy. we must be critical of everything, especially that which we never even thought to question. the most important questions are not even what is being said on the news but: what is the source material? what is the hierarchy of responsibility for what shows up on the screen? and who stands to profit?

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