Manufacturing Consent Noam Chomsky and the Media (1993)

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Explores the career of philosopher and linguist, Professor Noam Chomsky, an outspoken critic of the mass media and a defender of the right to know. Uses interviews and lecture highlights interspersed with newsreel, documentary and archive footage. The first part explores thought control in democratic societies. The second part deals with activating dissent. Chomsky contrasts the non-coverage of Indonesia's genocidal invasion of East Timor in 1975, to which the West was economically indifferent, with the media coverage of the Khmer Rouge atrocities in Cambodia. Includes contributions from novelist Tom Wolfe, journalists Bill Moyers, Robert MacNeil and Karl E. Meyer, commentator William F. Buckley Jr., and White House reporter Sarah McClendon.

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