Collateral Language: War & Propaganda
Program #CHON175. Recorded in Boulder, CO on April 05, 2003.Noam Chomsky examines the use of language during wartime. Reports in the corporate media reveal another victim of the invasion of Iraq: language. The use of words is a powerful tool in shaping public opinion. In military briefings repeated by the media, we have "collateral damage" instead of civilian deaths. There was no assassination attempt on Saddam Hussein, the military took advantage of a "leadership target of opportunity." A "coalition of the willing" is a coalition of the bribed and coerced. It all makes the bloody reality of war a more palatable sell to the American public. Interviewed by David Barsamian.
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