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Interesting item over at The Real News about a documentary aired last year by Radio-Canada, known to those outside Québec as CBC French. The documentary, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land, compared U.S. against U.K. television news coverage of the Middle East – in particular stories about Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The film’s producers explored the degree to which coverage had been or might have been influenced or manipulated by U.S.-based pro-Israeli news monitoring groups. Here’s how the producers, Media Education Foundation, describe their film:

 

The film's production website.
The film's production website.

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Radio-Canada received dozens of complaints after it aired the film, mostly from the some of the same U.S.-based pro-Israeli groups mentioned in the documentary. Those complaints led to a host of mea culpas issued by (it seems) almost anyone at the Radio-Canada building in Montreal who had anything to do with the film, from the researcher to the line producer to the corporate relations office(?), which led to an “investigation” by the Ombusdman for Radio-Canada.

Radio-Canada’s Ombudsman’s report laid side-by-side with a response letter by the film’s producer should be required reading in journalism schools – and by anyone else interested in learning more about propaganda, spin and media manipulation.

One of the groups mentioned in the document, a group monitoring news for “anti-Israeli bias,” is Honest Reporting, which has a Canadian-based operation as well.

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