Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Danny Schechter's piece on media and Middle East

An interesting piece by media critic Danny Schechter, The Media War In the Middle East Targets the Truth, was published today in Common Dreams

Here are the first few paragraphs. Worth the read.

There are two wars going on in the Middle East. One is the military conflict and the other is the media war.

While the media covers falling bombs and fleeing civilians, and from time to time puts a human face on the agony of a war so far directed mostly at civilians, it rarely covers its own reporting with anything like a self-critical eye.

With the Daily Show taking potshots at “the media’s seeming inability to process the crisis,” with charges of bias on all sides, the media itself has become a battleground of warring narratives and interpretations.

The question is not just how to know what’s true, but what you need to know to put rapidly changing events into context in order to make sense of them.

For the full piece, go to: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0725-28.htm

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