Merchants of DoubtPosted: March 5, 2015
An A.V. Club reviewer called this film an “artless, toothless look at the expert-for-hire industry”, so naturally I’m eager to see it and judge for myself. This is the synopsis of award-winning documentary maker Robert Kenner’s MERCHANTS OF DOUBT, which was “inspired by” the rigorously researched 2010 book of the same name:
Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.
Have a look:
Merchants of Doubt opens in North America in selected cities on March 6.