June 21, 2004
The Control Room

I never really trusted the media. I mean, I sort of did in that when it reports news probably most of that was true, as long as you ignored the spin. A bunch of documentaries this year have taught me that even the little bit of trust I had in the media was misplaced. Especially this one.

This film is about Al-Jazeera, the muslim world's news source, and specifically about their news coverage during the most recent Iraqi-American war. The camera catches and shows grittier views of the war than we get here on TV. We see how American soldiers and spinners interact with Iraqis and the Iraqi news media. It's an interesting view of something we could never otherwise see.

The most interesting thing for me was realizing that Al-Jazeera wasn't exactly a shining star of unbiased news media either. That is I expected from what I'd heard that Al-Jazeera was showing the bitter truth, but naturally they have their own spin, their own audience. And while the film shows far more incidences of American news media spinning things in their own patriotic way, my lingering feeling was not a distrust of American media. It was and continues to be a distrust of all news media. The idea of an unbiased, just-the-facts-ma'am, "fair and balanced" news media is a dream long gone, if it ever existed.

Posted by Alyssa at June 21, 2004 08:11 PM
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