War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death Image
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  • Summary: War Made Easy brings to the screen Norman Solomon's insightful analysis of the strategies used by administrations, both Democratic and Republican, to promote their agendas for war, from Vietnam to Iraq. By familiarizing viewers with the techniques of war propaganda, War Made Easy encouragesWar Made Easy brings to the screen Norman Solomon's insightful analysis of the strategies used by administrations, both Democratic and Republican, to promote their agendas for war, from Vietnam to Iraq. By familiarizing viewers with the techniques of war propaganda, War Made Easy encourages viewers to think critically about the messages put out by today's spin doctors--messages that are designed to promote and prolong a policy of militarism under the guise of a "war on terror." War Made Easy is based on the book by the same title. (Media Education Foundation) Expand

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  1. 75
    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 U.S. government coerces a nation into accepting the very idea of war, and it's a job it couldn't do without the full cooperation of the media.
  2. 70
    The doc is sobering, straightforward, and a bit drab, but to the participants' credit, it's also an entirely nonpartisan endeavor. Good luck telling that to the right once they hear the film is narrated by Sean Penn.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    Overlapping with other recent documentaries, picture nonetheless presents a stimulating argument.
  4. 50
    Claiming that from Korea to Vietnam to Iraq, the US government has misled the public - and the media - on the reasons for going to war.
  5. 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 the personality of a potato), the movie is cinematically inert if ultimately persuasive.
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  1. Dec 19, 2010
    10
    I'm not saying this documentary is saying anything new. That the media is complicit in the drive to war that periodically surfaces throughoutI'm not saying this documentary is saying anything new. That the media is complicit in the drive to war that periodically surfaces throughout history is nothing new. And that is sad. However, the hope is that with repetition comes understanding, and this documentary illustrates the connection well is indisputable. Kudos to the producers for bringing this about! Expand

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