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Self-described “media dissector” Danny Schechter is personally offended by abuses of power during the Iraq war; he illustrates this in WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception with shots of his tortured sleep under a Coppola-esque ceiling fan. Schechter has a broad sub-Chomskian critique of the media’s complicity in building support for Operation Iraqi Freedom, with sweeping if irrefutable claims about go-go jingoistic “militainment.” He makes clever use of C-SPAN snippets and ambush interviews, and he’s quite good at outlining the endless web of journalistic conflicts of interest, from the budding “war correspondents” desperate for live-fire airtime to “experts” on the Pentagon payroll to the corporate masters lusting for deregulation of their rapidly consolidating industries. But he doesn’t have a smoking-gun clip reel to illustrate his monotonous analysis, spending too much time recapping the low points I Love the ’00s-style: Surrender monkeys! You and your sons have 48 hours! Abu Ghraib! Mission accomplished! Unless you’ve never seen footage of Iraqi children and Western journalists mutilated by coalition fire, you’d be better off sending your $10 to fair.org.

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