War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

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Released 2007

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Director:
Jeremy Earp
Released:
2007
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War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death is a 2009 documentary that explores the connection between American media and government push for war over the last 50 years. Actor Sean Penn narrates this exploration from the Vietnam conflict to the current wars in the Middle East and how the news media does not investigate government actions overseas. Rather than critically review government reports, the TV, newspaper and other journalists often provide propaganda for White House Administrations from President Lyndon Johnson to the George W. Bush. Directors Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp use media critic Norman Solomon's extensive research and analysis to present disturbing examples from the mainstream media like Walter Cronkite and Christiana Amanpour, as well as right-wing pundits from Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. These archival news reports are reviewed in unison with statements by political figures such as Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell on the same events.

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  • 75

    TV Guide Ken Fox

    Based on the book by syndicated columnist and savvy media watchdog Norman Solomon, who appears throughout as the main talking head, Earp and Alper's documentary shows just how the ...

  • 60

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Overlapping with other recent documentaries, picture nonetheless presents a stimulating argument.

  • 50

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Unsubtle, condensed and bullet-point simple, "War Made Easy" avoids fancy visuals for a uniformly drab and dispiriting aesthetic. Sporadically narrated by Sean Penn (evincing all t...

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