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WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception

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Self-described "news dissector" Danny Schechter, who has worked as a producer for a number of major broadcast media outlets including CNN and ABC News, examines news coverage of the war in Iraq in this activist documentary. In WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception, Schechter explores how the U.S. military and George W. Bush's advisors "stage managed" the Iraq war in order to win a favorable opinion from the public and keep the media's eyes away from issues and situations they found problematic, from using savvy ...
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Overview

Self-described "news dissector" Danny Schechter, who has worked as a producer for a number of major broadcast media outlets including CNN and ABC News, examines news coverage of the war in Iraq in this activist documentary. In WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception, Schechter explores how the U.S. military and George W. Bush's advisors "stage managed" the Iraq war in order to win a favorable opinion from the public and keep the media's eyes away from issues and situations they found problematic, from using savvy psychology to convince citizens that Iraq possessed certain weapons it never actually had, to "embedding" journalists with companies of troops to produce reports sympathetic to the ground forces. WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception was named Best Documentary in Texas at the 2004 Austin Film Festival.
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Special Features

Trailer (narrated by Tim Robbins); Interview with Danny Schechter; "News Dissector" news retrospective, 1968-2004; "Get Involved" resources: websites and books to make a difference
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2005
  • UPC: 881394500327
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Source: Cinema Libre
  • Region Code: 0
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 67,023

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Danny Schechter Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Barbara Kopple Executive Producer
Rory O'Connor Executive Producer
Kozo Okumura Editor
Yves Pasquier Executive Producer
Anna Pizarro Producer
Anant Singh Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Media Wars [6:24]
2. The Past Is Never the Past [7:30]
3. The Run-Up to War [6:14]
4. Muzzling Debate, Marginalizing Dissent [4:10]
5. The Media Invasion [6:35]
6. Pentagon Media Management [10:27]
7. News Business as Show Business [6:59]
8. Information Dominance [10:43]
9. The Fox News Effect [7:55]
10. Post-War War [8:17]
11. The View in the Arab World [5:00]
12. Journalists Targeted? [5:06]
13. Government Power and Media Control [8:12]
14. Lessons Learned and Work to Do [2:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Trailer
      Director Interview
      Retrospective/Filmography
      Poster Art
      Get Involved
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