'Merchants of Doubt' shows ease of manipulating public opinion

March 26, 2015 3:49 PM

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'Merchants of Doubt' shows ease of manipulating public opinion

"Merchants of Doubt," a documentary by Robert Kenner, takes up where the 2006 global warming tutorial "An Inconvenient Truth" left off, probing the dubious annals of climate-change denial and the unholy alliance among corporations, partisan politics, pseudoscience and marketing that has given it traction despite clear scientific evidence and consensus.

As he did with his 2008 film "Food, Inc.," Kenner lures viewers in with a brisk, bold visual look and engaging narrative techniques - in this case, beginning with a magician who, while explaining the art of misdirection and legerdemain, adds that at least he and his brethren are "honest liars." The ...

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