Wednesday, June 15, 2011

'The War You Don't See'

A powerful doc from war correspondent and investigative journalist/author John Pilger showing media complicity in the promotion of war and the difference in reportage from embedded vs independent journos.
Remarkable footage of TV journalists admitting their shame in having promoted the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan.

"The public is a threat that needs to be countered."
It has just been banned from its American premiere.

This is the original English version but with Spanish subtitles from Cuba - h/t Toe at Bread and Roses.

Pilger : "We journalists... have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else's country... That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear, however seductive and insidious it is. For propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions not at a far away country but at you at home... In this age of endless imperial war, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth or their blood is on us... Those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power."


Beijing York said...

I have to come back and watch the whole thing. This is they type of documentary filmmaking that should be broadcast on CBC. Shame that that won't happen.

David Wilson said...

the YouTube one is gone, but I found it here

Anonymous said...

David-- that link is not coming up...

Anonymous said...

Wait-- it does-- but appears to be a members only link?? HELP!

Alison said...

Thanks, David

Clicking on John Pilger's name in the post takes you to his website from which he directs you here where you can watch it for $5.

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