Given the events of this past week: the U.S. engineered “peace talks” between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat and the judicial and broadcast network decisions to exclude third party candidates from the presidential debates, we thought it would be a good time to hear from Professor Noam Chomsky on the role of media in a democracy. This is a speech he gave last year, just after the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, about the power of propaganda.
Noam Chomsky, speaking at MIT last year. Chomsky said one of the best examples of how the American propaganda works is to look at coverage of the Middle East Peace Process. After the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the American media focused on one question: how will it affect the peace process, but few really explored what that peace process has been all about.