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Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Veteran independent media analyst Danny Schechter presents a comprehensive and devastating critique of the TV news networks' complacency and complicity in the war on Iraq. The video begins with a parody of Apocalypse Now that's as funny as anything by Michael Moore, but Schechter means business, and this quickly turns to a rigorous dissection of economic and political factors that have turned our major media outlets into conduits for Pentagon "mili-tainment." This is showing as a work in progress, and toward the end Schechter veers off into vague theories about U.S. ground forces targeting critical journalists (in particular the still-unexplained shelling of the Palestine Hotel) and the networks exchanging friendly war coverage for favorable treatment in the FCC's media conglomeration hearings. But most of this is brilliantly argued and scrupulously documented, proving beyond a doubt that the Bush administration's retailing of its "master narrative" was a carefully orchestrated element of the war. A must-see. 104 min. 3 Penny, Thursday, August 19, 9:00.

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