War Made Easy
WAR MADE EASY: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. Narrated by Sean Penn
War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.
War Made Easy gives special attention to parallels between the Vietnam war and the war in Iraq. Guided by media critic Norman Solomon’s meticulous research and tough-minded analysis, the film presents disturbing examples of propaganda and media complicity from the present alongside rare footage of political leaders and leading journalists from the past, including Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, dissident Senator Wayne Morse, and news correspondents Walter Cronkite and Morley Safer.
Norman Solomon’s work has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as “brutally persuasive” and essential “for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee.” This film now offers a chance to see that context on the screen.
- Approx. 72 minutes
- English subtitles
- Color | Stereo | NTSC | All Region Encoded DVD
- Directed & Written by: Loretta Alper & Jeremy Earp
- Produced by: Loretta Alper
- Co-produced & Edited by: Andrew Killoy
- Executive Producers: Jeremy Earp & Sut Jhally
- Associate Producer: Jason Young
- Sound: Peter Acker, Armadillo Media Group
- Motion Graphics: Andrew Killoy & Sweet & Fizzy
- Additional Music: John Van Eps & Leigh Philips
- Narrated by: Sean Penn
- Based on the book by Norman Solomon
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