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WMD [electronic resource]: Weapons of Mass Deception

Globalvision (Firm)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
According to investigative journalist Danny Schechter, the U.S. conducted two wars in Iraq in 2003: one was a military assault, and the other was a media assault on the American public, or what he calls "jingoism posing as journalism." In this carefully-researched documentary, Schechter argues that the Pentagon employed classic propaganda techniques to control media coverage of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Schechter uses insider interviews and a wealth of news clips to explain how the Pentagon pulled it off and why the media complied. From Jessica Lynch's manufactured hero story to the Lynndie England torture photos to the bogus reports that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, Schechter builds a case that is corroborated by respected mainstream news sources. With commentary from Peter Arnett and reporters from The Nation, ABC News, BBC, Fox News, and People.
Release Date
2004
Run Time
57 min.
Language
English
Rating
9 & up
Some content may be objectionable
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on April 21, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Weapons of Mass Deception
Contents
  • Analyzing Media Coverage of Iraq War (2:44)
  • Media and War on Terror (2:32)
  • Media Cheerleading Iraq War (2:46)
  • Shutting Out Dissent (2:04)
  • Script for War (2:05)
  • War Begins (1:36)
  • Pentagon Media Management (2:12)
  • Embedded Journalists (1:44)
  • Subjectivity of Embedded Journalists (2:35)
  • Amanpour on Muzzling News (1:27)
  • Media's Agenda During Iraq War (3:48)
  • Arab Versus American News (0:48)
  • Information Dominance (1:52)
  • Pentagon's Media Efforts (2:53)
  • Directing Coverage (0:46)
  • Jessica Lynch Story (1:23)
  • Cluster Bombs (1:51)
  • Media Manipulation (2:09)
  • Fox News Effect and Peter Arnett (2:58)
  • Misinformed American Viewers (1:43)
  • Post-War War (1:43)
  • Sitting on Abu Ghraib Story (1:38)
  • Iraq War Statistics (1:18)
  • Journalists Targeted? (3:50)
  • Government Power and Media Control (3:17)
  • Call to Action: Media Accountability (1:50)
  • Additional Resources & Credits: WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception (1:35)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2004.
Publisher no.
53184 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (57 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Technical Details
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