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War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, War | 14 May 2007 (USA)
War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from ... See full summary »

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Spiro Agnew ... Himself (archive footage)
Christiane Amanpour ... Herself (archive footage)
Peter Arnett Peter Arnett ... Himself (archive footage)
Wolf Blitzer ... Himself (archive footage)
George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
Phil Donahue ... Himself (archive footage)
J. William Fulbright ... Himself (archive footage)
Sean Hannity ... Himself (archive footage)
Brit Hume ... Himself (archive footage)
Lyndon B. Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lyndon Johnson)
Henry Kissinger ... Himself (archive footage)
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War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations. Written by Anonymous

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Blows the "liberal media" theory out of the water.
7 August 2007 | by Clothes-OffSee all my reviews

This is based on Normon Solomon's book of the same title, and he comments at length throughout, with archive footage of politicians, news readers, and reporters. The clips support his thesis that wars are shrewdly packaged and sold to the public with little accountability, with dissenting voices quickly stigmatized as "anti-American" and silenced.

This is the way it is presented in the film, and watching it you can't blame the filmmakers for it being "one-sided." That's precisely the point. After getting nothing BUT the other side on basically EVERY news network (not just the usual suspects), these filmmakers take Solomon's argument and run with it.

It is tough to argue with his position that we the people are often lied to when it comes to selling a war, MOST if not all the time. (Solomon notes, "If you say something enough times, it starts to sound true.")

If you don't agree, at least watch this documentary before you make up your mind. It's that compelling.


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