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Media Complacency and Faulty Basis :: War Made Easy

A Winning Argument
Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp’s “War Made Easy”

Reviewed by Michael Joshua Rowin
March 9, 2008

“Though the early to mid-aughts documentary boom has recently died down, it’s still difficult to believe there hasn’t been a serious nonfiction indictment of the collusion between the government and the media in selling the invasion of Iraq to the American public. This accounts for a somewhat shameful omission in the ever-growing Iraq War doc catalogue–the sheer amount of lies, distortions, and fear-mongering titillations on display in a typical CNN or Fox News broadcast circa 2002 (and today) would offer enough evidence on the sorry state of our national media for a book-length study, let alone a feature film. Columnist, critic, and antiwar notable Norman Solomon has now, remarkably, provided both: his 2005 volume “War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” has been adapted into an explosive, compact 73-minute documentary by filmmakers Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp. If a few years ago Solomon was a lonely voice in the wilderness, with this film he has a major stage from which to educate a potentially greater audience…”

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