Monday, February 15, 2010

The power of nightmares

Check out this three part series from the BBC from 2004, The Power of Nightmares, then try to imagine PBS doing anything similar. The series calls bullshit on any number of myths that most Americans to this day believe, including the number one myth that there is or ever was an organization called al-Qaeda.

UPDATE: About the same time the BBC was producing Nightmares, Money Public Radio was interviewing the Prince of Darkness himself, Richard Perle. The resulting conversation is a demonstration of much that is wrong with MPR and public broadcasting in this country. While the British were getting insightful, historical, fact-based reporting, Minnesotans were getting propaganda garbage from a known liar and probably a traitor, told to a credulous news reader, Kate Smith. In fairness to Smith, it should be pointed out that Perle is a Straussian liar. For some reason the Brits knew that but she didn't.

Part I

Part II

Part III


Steve said...

I don't know where you found these, Rob, but they're great.

Rob Levine said...

Steve - I found these while doing research for my book on conservative philanthropy, specifically, the influence of Leo Strauss. Just finished a great book by Shadia Drury titled "Leo Strauss and the American Right." Great stuff.

Peter Kremidas said...

Hey! I came here through a link at The power of nightmares is a FANTASTIC documentary. If you like it, you really should look up everything the director, Adam Curtis, has done. Specifically, check out "The Century of the Self" and "The Trap: What happend to our idea of Freedom". Fantastic stuff. Enjoy!