In quite possibly one of PTTV’s most fascinating and insightful one on ones, film professor and media critic Bill Nichols deconstructs the US media’s coverage of the first Gulf War, brick by theoretical brick. Nichols exposes the dangerously effective means by which the TV news has established itself as our reality. By perpetuating a sense of fear and urgency, television news coverage of the first Gulf War was able to compress the vast complexities of the issue into a readily consumable product. However, rather than acknowledging the limits of this mediation, TV news channels like CNN were dependent upon producing their own reality and blurring the line between fact and fiction.
1991 TRT: 28 minutes #224