A nice depthy look at the world of the media, and their huge influence on people's opinions and decisions. Chomsky goes rigorously though the New York times archives, and other newspapers, constructing what looks like a clear picture of how people's opinions are informed by TV and newspapers.
Even the editor of the Times looks lost for words when Chomsky demonsrates how every single occurance of US supported attrocities in East Timor were whitewashed by the mainstream media. Not one time, or ten times, but thousands of times, every time.
Although people like to shout 'conspiracy theory' at anything of this way of thinking, it is quite adeptly researched. As Chomsky remarks at one point in the film 'the mudslinger always wins.'
No, there isn't a room of people deciding what goes out across national media, just a set of unwritten rules which you don't get very far in your career without. Any common sense can tell you that a journalist who criticises US foreign policy powerfully, (rightly or wrongly) the way some do, won't be very popular. On the other hand, one who does the same to official enemies, will be duely rewarded.
There is no conspiracy, there is no paranoia, there is just what really happens, and how we can try to understand that in context of real power.
Look at it with an open mind, and see the way that you look at the world change.