Review: Merchants of Doubt - Slant Magazine.
Directed by Robert Kenner. With Frederick Singer, Naomi Oreskes, Jamy Ian Swiss, Sam Roe. A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.
The new documentary film Merchants of Doubt—which lays bare the tactics used by the professional climate deniers paid to spread doubt and confusion about the reality of global warming—is essential viewing for everyone who cares about the fight for climate action. It’s even more essential for anyone who still isn’t sure whether climate change is really happening or primarily caused by.
Film Review: Merchants of Doubt. Merchants of Doubt performs a superb service in exposing the machinery that manipulates the emotions of the public—muddling their minds with contradictory claims, driving them toward tribal conformity, and keeping their outrage on the boil.
Review: Merchants of Doubt. By Amy Taubin in the March-April 2015 Issue. The subject of Robert Kenner’s documentary Merchants of Doubt is the catastrophe of global climate change, which is engulfing us even faster than predicted. Kenner doesn’t waste time proving, in this terse.
Merchants of Despair, not an attempt at counterargument? In 2011, aerospace engineer Robert Zubrin, most famous for penning The Case for Mars, published a book length response a year after Merchants of Doubt, titled Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism, the book traces the history of antihumanism over the last two.
Adam's Merchants of Doubt review considers the new Robert Kenner documentary about for-hire pundits who create doubt over climate change.
Merchants of Doubt reads like a case presented by the prosecution. Oreskes and Conway look at several late 20th century scientific controversies: the link between cigarettes and cancer; the risks of nuclear weapon, the damage done by acid rain, CFCs and the ozone layer, and above all climate change, to find that these controversies extend far beyond the limits of reasonable doubt.