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A Journalist From Mars

Program #CHON172. Recorded in New York, NY on January 22, 2002.

Recorded at FAIR's 15th anniversary celebration at New York's Town Hall. Introductions by FAIR founder Jeff Cohen and TV talk show host Donahue. In a great talk, Chomsky in his usual biting manner brings a Martian journalist to earth to report on the war on terrorism. The results are both illuminating and humorous. The Martian notices a prevalent media convention. It's only terrorism if they do it to us. When we do much worse it's not terrorism. The visitor from outer space also observes that while "enemy crimes are investigated with laser-like intensity, you never look at your own."

Speaker(s):

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky, by any measure, has led a most extraordinary life. In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle, Shakespeare, Marx, Plato and Freud. The legendary MIT professor practically invented modern linguistics. In addition to his pioneering work in that field he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. Chris Hedges says he is “America’s greatest intellectual” who “makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable.” At 87, he still gives lectures all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including Propaganda & the Public Mind, How the World Works, and Power Systems with David Barsamian.

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