Weapons of Mass Deception- Can we trust media?


The day of 9/11 attacks is one of those dates which is sadly unforgettable. A sensation of fear invaded the houses, the streets and the minds of people in US but also in all other West democratic countries. Soon the fear turned in a desire of revenge and I remember starting to believe the war in Iraq was necessary.

In Weapons of Mass Deception Danny Schechter the American media critic and former ABC News and CNN producer, documents how millions of people and I were victims of a campaign of misinformation.

A strong campaign of propaganda was in fact organised by the Government and the military which sustained a never-proved relationship between the 9/11 attacks and the Iraqi regime.

Schechter analyses how the American media approached the war, their collusion with the military and the Government, and the absolute lack of context and background of media reportage.

The weapons of mass destruction thought to be the possession of the Iraqi Government, and considered the main cause for the war, are now reasonable thought to have been destroyed in 1991/92.

This claim is today commonly accepted though at that time it was considered ridiculous.                                                                                                                                Watching this documentary you got the chance to realise how those wrong beliefs in favour of war came from the way in which the war was approached and reported by the media.

It’s surprising to know that before the war 71% of the experts invited on television to discuss on the war were pro the war and only 3% against.

With tough interviews and samples from TV programmes of that period the Emmy Award winner shows how the media were seduced by the run to the war after 9/11, reporting testimonies from war reporters like Peter Arnett, who said: “ All the most important media groups have their headquarters in Times Square and all the journalists saw the Twin Towers falling down. Everything became personal and people used to talk using words as we and them, without knowing who were ‘them’.”

The documentary produced by Globalvision, whether you agree or you not with the director Schechter’s ideas, does open the door to an important discussion on how information is presented and controlled from above and how this control influences the way in which people think.

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