Was the Press Selling or Telling in Iraq War? WMD a Documentary Film

Posted by Mitchell - August 28, 2004 (entry 226)

(originally published in Xtvworld)

Controversial Iraq Film exposes role media played promoting Iraq War - was the Press Selling or Telling?

NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) August 28, 2004 -- With mass media focused on Michael Moore's new film bashing President Bush, another feature-length documentary titled, WMD (Weapons of Mass Deception) is rousing as much controversy as it takes on the media itself, and its role in promoting the Iraq war in the guise of covering it. WMD screens by invitation - AUGUST 31, 2004 - 7 P.M. - LOWES THEATRE - E-WALK - AT: 8th Ave. and 42 Street, NYC. Contact Globalvision for more information.

Directed by Emmy Award Winning Danny Schechter, “The News Dissector, “a former ABC and CNN producer. WMD investigates collusion between the military, giant media companies and the government. It reports on the "media war" as central to the larger conflict.

The filmmaker is the author of six books on media issues including his latest EMBEDDED, about the reporting from Iraq published by Prometheus Books. WMD - Weapons of Mass Deception, Schechter brings an outsider's perspective and an insider's experience in turning the cameras on the role the news networks played in distorting news and treating the military campaign as "mili-tainment." Schechter's film includes never before seen footage from Iraq, insider information about Pentagon information warfare strategy and a report about torture at Baghdad's notorious Abu Grab prison that predates the US network stories by eight months. The film investigates the embed program, infiltrates Fox News and takes a global approach to analyzing coverage. A year in the making, WMD represents guerilla filmmaking without any backing from major media on agglomerates. Academy Award winner Tim Robbins narrates a trailer which can be seen online at: www.embeddedwmd.com or www.WMDthefilm.com

As timely as today's headlines, WMD comes on the heels of an admission by the New York Times that its pre-war coverage was deeply flawed and contributes to a growing debate within the news business about its own role that many commentators described as totally different from the coverage seen around the world.

"We have heard a lot of "chatter" about "intelligence failures" and "policy failures," says outspoken Director Schechter, an Emmy award-winning investigative reporter and former Nieman Fellow in Journalism: "Now it's time to look at media failures because The Administration could never have won support for its deceptive policies if the media was not complicit."

The hard-hitting expose’ has been screened to acclaim and sold out theatres in a number of festivals in Nantucket, Dallas, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, on American campuses and in several cities in Europe and Brazil with more being scheduled nationally and internationally in the months to come.

For more information about Danny Schechter's work, see: http://www.newsdissector.org/Dissectorville or write dissector@mediachannel.org. You can call Schechter for an interview at (212) 246-2677

There was a line around the block outside Three Penny Cinema on Thursday August 19th, at the Chicago Underground Film Festival's first screening of WMD. Organizers at the festival reported that the show was their first sell out. The film was greeted with applause from a packed theater, and a lively discussion ensued. It screens again Tuesday evening at 7:30

Director Danny Schechter took part in a panel Saturday morning on politics and film at the theater.

That night, Chicago Media Action hosted a filled screening at the No Exit Cafe in the Rogers Park neighborhood. The small venue was packed. Eager viewers waited even when screening equipment was late in arriving. The screening had been plugged in an earlier radio broadcast by Chuck Mertz on the "This is Hell" show on WMUR Radio.

The Chicago Reader which gave WMD a "critics' choice carries a letter this week by Danny Schechter challenging some of the claims in its original review.

Nikki Oldaker
(212) 246-2677

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