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Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment (1991)

This 1991 Academy Award®-winning documentary uncovers the disastrous health and environmental side effects caused by the production of nuclear materials by the General Electric Corporation.

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Deadly Deception uncovers the disastrous health and environmental side effects caused by the production of nuclear materials by the General Electric Corporation. The film juxtaposes GE's rosy "We Bring Good Things to Life" commercials with the true stories of people whose lives were devastated by the company's involvement in testing and making nuclear weapons. Driven by intensely personal testimony and painstaking research, Deadly Deception exposes what GE never wanted its customers to know: a shocking pattern of negligence and misinformation spanning several decades. Written by Vanessa

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angry anti-propaganda
13 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This bold, guerrilla-style video documentary attacks the hypocrisy of General Electric by using the Corporation's own rosy TV commercials ("…we bring good things to light") in ironic juxtaposition with images of GE's nuclear weapons work and some of its consequences. Unknown to many people the monolithic corporation (owner of NBC and RCA, among other subsidiary companies) hides a few skeletons in its public relations closet, including the deliberate release in 1949 of lethal radiation from its Hartford, Washington nuclear plant, measuring 300 times more deadly than the later accident at Three Mile Island, and turning the pristine Columbia River into the most radioactive waterway in the world. It might be only left wing propaganda but, compared to the disinformation supplied by GE, the video is more accurately anti-propaganda. Seen with 'Nukie Takes a Valium', an animated short in which the technique is more successful than the message, and 'Manic Denial', a strident, self-congratulatory anti-nuke lecture in the form of a cartoon.


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