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Merchants of Doubt (2014)

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A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.

Director:

Robert Kenner

Writers:

Erik M. Conway (original book), Robert Kenner | 2 more credits »
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Jamy Ian Swiss Jamy Ian Swiss ... Himself - Magician and Magic Historian
Stanton A. Glantz ... Himself (as Stanton Glantz)
Sam Roe Sam Roe ... Himself - Journalist, Chicago Tribune
Patricia Callahan Patricia Callahan ... Herself - Journalist, Chicago Tribune
James Hansen ... Himself - Climate Scientist
John Passacantando John Passacantando ... Himself - Former Executive Director, Greenpeace USA
Bill O'Keefe Bill O'Keefe ... Himself - Former Chairman of Global Climate Coalition
Naomi Oreskes Naomi Oreskes ... Herself - Professor of the History of Science
Frederick Singer ... Himself (as Fred Singer)
Michael Shermer Michael Shermer ... Himself - Founder of The Skeptics Society
James Taylor James Taylor ... Himself - Self-Proclaimed Science and Economical Expert, Heartland Institute
Matthew Crawford Matthew Crawford ... Himself - Former Executive Director of the George C. Marshall Institute
Marc Morano Marc Morano ... Himself - Self-Proclaimed Environmental Journalist
Benjamin Santer Benjamin Santer ... Himself - Climate Scientist (as Ben Santer)
Michael E. Mann ... Himself - Climate Scientist (as Michael Mann)
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A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.

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Propaganda (noun). 1. Derogatory information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Climate Project See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$20,300, 8 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$192,400, 5 April 2015
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Color
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Roughly 59 minutes into the documentary it cuts to an interview with James Taylor of the Heartland Institute. In the background an office worker in a mobility scooter reverses into doorway. See more »

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Himself - Magician and Magic Historian: My expertise is in deception. The thing that sets magicians apart from con men, and other kinds of thieves and liars, is that we are honest liars. It's the moral contract.
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A Must See Film For All Those Concerned About Climate Change
3 March 2015 | by dorothyjdavisSee all my reviews

My title says it all. And if you are on the fence this film may help you better assess what has been going on in the media. It appears that the people so thoroughly examined in the film -- lobbyists employed by the oil and gas industry (some of them formerly paid to defend tobacco) and their followers -- are now writing disparaging reviews of this excellent documentary film. I saw it at the New York Film Festival in October and have been recommending it and waiting for its release ever since. The book on which it is based -- "Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming" by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway is also excellent. I would only add that some of those so confidently opposing the well-documented scientific evidence of climate change are not even scientists.


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