If you're an American, and you've been watching our mainstream media's news coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for years and ended up none the wiser for it, you might want to devote 1hr 19mins of your life to watching this:
Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land
Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...
Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how -- through the use of language, framing and context--the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel's PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics.
It might also be of interest to non-American readers who look at U.S. foreign policy and wonder what on earth we must be all smoking on this side of the pond.
(via Palestinian Pundit)