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WAR OPPOSITION MADE EASY 10 June 2007

by David Swanson (AfterDowningStreet.org)

The new film "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death" makes arguing against wars easy. If you get into a debate about war, just make the points made so clearly in this film, or - better yet - convince a war supporter to watch the film. Best of all would be to persuade every American to read Norman Solomon's book of the same title, on which the movie is based.
The book has the greatest depth, but the movie has much to add even for those who've read the book. It's simply stunning to watch this brilliantly edited video of numerous past presidents using identical lines to promote equally fraudulent wars, and to watch how the media gives the propaganda the same basic spin for each new war. The quality of the video improves; the callous cruelty and deception remain the same . . . READ MORE

ANTIWAR MOVIES ARE A GROWTH INDUSTRY 15 May 2007

by Hamilton Nolan (The Cycle blog @ PRWeek.com)

Last night, I attended the premiere of the movie “War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” It was a documentary-style film version of the 2005 book by the same name written by Norman Solomon, a longtime lefty media critic. (PRWeek reviewed the book and has run two separate Q&A’s with Solomon in the past– subscription necessary).
In the film, as in the book, Solomon asserts rather persuasively that the US government has, for the last 50 years, successfully co-opted the press in order to rouse up support for wars that are generally started for purposes far removed from the “democracy and freedom” rhetoric that so often accompanies them. The film focuses on Vietnam and the current Iraq war, but every military engagement since WWII gets attention, as presidents are shown repeating the same catch phrases in the various run-ups to conflict . . . READ MORE