Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

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Released 1992

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Director:
Mark Achbar
Released:
1992
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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media is a documentary by Canadian filmmakers Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick about the work and life of political activist, intellectual and linguist Noam Chomsky. The film mixes footage of Chomsky holding forth on various societal and governmental issues with extended segments on Chomsky's background and storied academic career. There are also interviews with various figures who take issue with Chomsky's ideas about how the media distorts truth. One highlight of the film is an in-depth look at the New York Times's negligence in covering the 1970s invasion of East Timor by Indonesia, with commentary by both Chomsky and the Times's international news editors. The footage for the film was assembled after a few years' worth of the filmmakers' relentless traveling with Chomsky. Some parts of the film are based directly on the 1988 book Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, written by Chomsky and Edward S. Herman.
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