WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception (2004)

WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 38mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords political
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Anant Singh Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Kozo Okumura Editor n/a 172 7000001
Anna Pizarro Publicity n/a 120789 29000001
Barbara Kopple Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Anna Pizarro Producer n/a 3 3000002
Danny Schechter Director n/a 2 2000001
Danny Schechter Producer n/a 3 3000001
Danny Schechter Actor Himself 1 1000001
Synopsis
There were two wars going on in Iraq--one was fought with armies of soldiers, bombs and a fearsome military force. The other was fought alongside it with cameras, satellites, armies of journalists and propaganda techniques. One war was rationalized as an effort to find and disarm WMDs--Weapons of Mass Destruction; the other was carried out by even more powerful WMDs--Weapons of Mass Deception. The TV networks in America considered their non-stop coverage their finest hour, pointing to the use of embedded journalists and new technologies that permitted viewers to see a war up close for the first time. But different countries saw different wars. Why? For those of us watching the coverage, war was more of a spectacle, an around the clock global media marathon, pitting media outlets against each other in ways that distorted truth and raised as many questions about the methods of TV news, as it did the armed intervention it was covering-and it some cases-promoting. This non-fiction chronicle explores this story with the findings of a gutsy, media insider-turned-outsider, former network journalist, Danny Schechter, who is one of America's most prolific media critics. Featuring footage from inside Iraq, and inside the media, WMD tracks the media war through February 2004.
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