If this sounds like the stuff of lefty liberals, well, maybe it is. Adapted from Norman Solomon's 2005 book, War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death - and featuring Solomon as its principal talking head - the film nevertheless seems on solid footing as it examines the way the news media have been "handled" by respective administrations.
Even Walter Cronkite, the sainted CBS anchor whose on-air condemnation of LBJ's Vietnam policies is considered a turning point in the public's sentiment against that war, is seen in an "embedded" report jazzed and gung ho, having just flown in a jet on a bombing mission over Vietnamese jungles.
War Made Easy also offers a frightening excerpt from the Nixon White House tapes in which the president urges his secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, to "think big" and consider using nuclear weapons against the enemy.
Sobering and more than a little scary, War Made Easy should give pause even to the rightest of right-wing conservatives. If you can't trust Fox News, then who can you trust?
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