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War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death -- Narrated by Sean Penn and based on the work of author Norman Solomon, WAR MADE EASY reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose 50 years of government spin and media collusion that has dragged our country into war after war from Vietnam to Iraq.

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War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception... See more » | Add synopsis »
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War Made Easy
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 19 March 2008)

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Blows the "liberal media" theory out of the water. See more (15 total) »

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Spiro Agnew ... Himself (archive footage)

Christiane Amanpour ... Herself (archive footage)
Peter Arnett ... Himself (archive footage)

Wolf Blitzer ... Himself (archive footage)

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)

Phil Donahue ... Himself (archive footage)
J. William Fulbright ... Himself (archive footage)
Sean Hannity ... Himself (archive footage)
Brit Hume ... Himself (archive footage)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)

Henry Kissinger ... Himself (archive footage)
Morton Kondracke ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Krauthammer ... Himself (archive footage)
Barbara Lee ... Herself (archive footage)
Jim Lehrer ... Himself (archive footage)
Rush Limbaugh ... Himself (archive footage)
Douglas MacArthur ... Himself (archive footage)
Michelle Malkin ... Herself (archive footage)

Chris Matthews ... Himself (archive footage)

Robert McNamara ... Himself (archive footage)
Wayne Morse ... Himself (archive footage)
John Murtha ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)

Bill O'Reilly ... Himself (archive footage)

Sean Penn ... Narrator

Colin Powell ... Himself (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)

Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself (archive footage)

Morley Safer ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Scarborough ... Himself (archive footage)
Norman Solomon ... Himself - Interviewee
Paul Wolfowitz ... Himself (archive footage)
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Directed by
Loretta Alper 
Jeremy Earp 
 
Produced by
Loretta Alper .... producer
Jeremy Earp .... executive producer
Sut Jhally .... executive producer
Andrew Killoy .... co-producer
Jason Young .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Leigh Phillips 
John Van Eps 
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Killoy 
 
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Peter Acker .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Rabinovitz .... camera operator
 
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Andrew Killoy .... motion graphics
Shannon McKenna .... animation graphic designer
 
Music Department
Stephane Guyot .... additional music mixer
Leigh Phillips .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Janet Brocklehurst .... production assistant
Molly Jackson-Watts .... production assistant
Anna Mester .... production assistant
Scott Morris .... production assistant
Nick Romanow .... production assistant
David Rooks .... production assistant
John Paul Seely .... production assistant
Krystal Tucker .... production assistant
 

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65 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
Blows the "liberal media" theory out of the water., 7 August 2007
Author: Clothes-Off from United States

This is based on Normon Solomon's book of the same title, and he comments at length throughout, with archive footage of politicians, news readers, and reporters. The clips support his thesis that wars are shrewdly packaged and sold to the public with little accountability, with dissenting voices quickly stigmatized as "anti-American" and silenced.

This is the way it is presented in the film, and watching it you can't blame the filmmakers for it being "one-sided." That's precisely the point. After getting nothing BUT the other side on basically EVERY news network (not just the usual suspects), these filmmakers take Solomon's argument and run with it.

It is tough to argue with his position that we the people are often lied to when it comes to selling a war, MOST if not all the time. (Solomon notes, "If you say something enough times, it starts to sound true.")

If you don't agree, at least watch this documentary before you make up your mind. It's that compelling.

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