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Title War made easy : how presidents & pundits keep spinning us to death / a presentation of the Institute for Public Accuracy ; a Media Education Foundation production ; written and directed by Loretta Alper & Jeremy Earp ; produced by Loretta Alper
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014


Description 1 online resource (1 video file, 72 min.)
Summary War Made Easy exposes how presidential administrations of both parties have relied on a combination of deception and media complicity to sell one war after another to the American people. Narrated by actor Sean Penn, and based on the acclaimed book by Norman Solomon, the film exhumes five decades of remarkable archival footage to reveal in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated and glamorized the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations. The film gives special attention to parallels between the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq, setting government spin and media collusion from the present alongside virtually identical patterns from the past. An invaluable introduction to war propaganda and public relations that transcends partisan politics as it raises serious questions about the tole of journalism and political communication in democratic societies
Credits Editor, Andrew Killoy ; camera, David Rabinovitz ; original music, John Van Eps, Leigh Phillips
Performer Featuring Norman Solomon ; narrated by Sean Penn
Event Originally produced by Media Education Foundation in 2007
Notes Grade 9+
Audience Higher education
In Media Education Foundation Collection
Subject Government and the press -- United States
Press and politics -- United States
Propaganda, American.
War -- Press coverage -- United States
Diplomatic relations.
Government and the press.
Press and politics.
Propaganda, American.
War -- Press coverage.
SUBJECT United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.
Subject United States.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Documentary films.
Form Streaming video
Author Alper, Loretta
Earp, Jeremy
Killoy, Andrew
Penn, Sean, 1960-
Soloman, Norman, 1951-
Media Education Foundation.
Kanopy (Firm)
Other Titles How presidents and pundits keep spinning us to death
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Media Education Foundation collection
MEF collection
Media Education Foundation collection
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Media Education Foundation collection