WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception (2004)




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Self-described "news dissector" Danny Schechter, who has worked as a producer for a number of major broadcast media outlets (including CNN and ABC News), examines news coverage of the war in Iraq in this activist documentary. In WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception, Schechter explores how the U.S. military and George W. Bush's advisors "stage managed" the Iraq war in order to win a favorable opinion from the public and keep the media's eyes away from issues and situations they found problematic, from using savvy psychology to convince citizens that Iraq possessed certain weapons it never actually had, to "embedding" journalists with companies of troops to produce reports sympathetic to the ground forces. WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception was named Best Documentary in Texas at the 2004 Austin Film Festival.
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Critic Reviews for WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Whatever your ideology, if you believe that democracy depends on getting the truth from your government and your press, WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception is required viewing.

Full Review… | May 5, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A former ABC producer at 20/20, Mr. Schechter revels in his autonomy and crams too many points in too many minutes.

Full Review… | February 3, 2005
New York Times
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He doesn't have a smoking-gun clip reel to illustrate his monotonous analysis.

Full Review… | February 1, 2005
Village Voice
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Better than "Fahrenheit 911″...

Full Review… | April 28, 2009
Cinema Crazed

WMD is an intricate critique of television media coverage of the Iraq War. Director Schechter suggests that the media cowed down to Administration tactics.

Full Review… | February 5, 2005
Entertainment Insiders

Even when there is not a war on and human lives are not at stake, media accountability should be a goal of any democracy, and Schecter's film serves as a trenchant reminder.

Full Review… | February 5, 2005
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception

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Emin A
Emin A

Is the media to blame? Hell yeah. This documentary is about the media's handling of war zones. The government has recently been feeding the media images to display. Just one more system of control. I don't watch TV news for a reason. Watch this movie and see for yourself.

mike dudley
mike dudley

Good argument for why the media failed us. I'm one of those that sought out alternative news sources ... Good documentary that'll ake you think twice about your news.

jubilee mir
jubilee mir

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