Robert Magid, a leading Australian real estate developer, and publisher of Australian Jewish News, was in New York back in February. He was there, in large part, to promote a documentary he produced called “Eyeless in Gaza: Seeing the World Through a Distorted Lens.” Following his return to Australia, Mideast Dig has kept in touch with him by Skype.
His film is a penetrating and deeply disturbing examination of the flawed Western media coverage of the Israel-Hamas war in 2014. It lays out how the skewed coverage of the conflict informed international public opinion — and why so many prominent media outlets failed to tell both sides of the story.
Mr. Magid followed that war closely and was so troubled by the major-media coverage* that he actually did something about it. He tasked the talented Martin Himel, a former Jerusalem producer for [America’s] ABC News, to direct the 50-minute film. Himel’s prior credits include “Persecuted Christians,” a documentary probing radical Islamic militia destruction of the Iraq’s Christian community — and “Jenin Massacring Truth,” which won a major award at the Houston Film Festival.