Wednesday, March 19, 2008

NY Times Review of WAR MADE EASY

Jeannette Catsoulis reviews WAR MADE EASY: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death in the New York Times:Based on Norman Solomon's 2005 book, Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp's nonpartisan documentary is less about propaganda than our news media's role in its dissemination. Referring to multiple American conflicts, Mr. Solomon - who appears on screen to connect the sound bites - presents a litany of journalistic pandering and critical laziness. Bellicose speeches by presidents from Lyndon B. Johnson to George W. Bush reveal frighteningly similar locutions that are then parroted by news organizations fearful of appearing unpatriotic.