INDEPENDENT MEDIA IN A TIME OF WAR PART 1 OF 2
In this important, powerful, and timely lecture, Amy Goodman--independent journalist and host of the popular radio show Democracy Now!--speaks about the corporate media's coverage of the 2003 Iraq War. She discusses the way that the U.S. media downplayed civilian casualities and glorified military combat, and she asks her audience to consider the costs of coverage that is both sanitized and sensationalized.
At the core of her lecture is a deep commitment to the ethics of journalism--she believes that the role of reporters is to ferret out the facts, to question those in power, and to "go to where the silence is, and say something." Goodman uses the concrete example of the Iraq war to ask her audience to grapple with a larger question--what impact does the commercialization and consolidation of the media industry have on journalism and democracy?
Part scathing critique, part call to action, Independent Media In A Time Of War argues that dialogue is vital to a healthy democracy. "Independent media has a crucial responsibility to go to where the silence is," says narrator Amy Goodman, "to represent the diverse voices of people engaged in dissent." Goodman criticizes the refusal to report civilian war casualties during the 2003 Iraq invasion and the new phenomenon of "embedded reporters" as examples of a pro-military bias in the corporate U.S. media.
A diverse team of producers from Hudson Mohawk Indymedia collaborated to create this extraordinarily rich, compelling and often disturbing portrait of a media system gone astray at a critical moment in history. Independent Media In A Time Of Waris the last installment of three HM IMC documentaries about the Iraq invasion.
by Amy Goodman