The charges leveled by Greenwald in Iraq for Sale seem to come from another time in our nation's history, but they're serious enough: war profiteering. It wasn't that long ago in American history that the very idea of a business making a profit from war was thought to be unseemly at best and illegal and unpatriotic at the worst. What the film shows in stark terms is that companies aren't just profiting obscenely from the Iraq War, but there's no outrage about it in the corridors of power because far too many of those in power are also the ones profiting from the arrangement.
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The filmmakers have a doozy of a subject on their hands, but there's only so much one can make of such a man when he refuses to be interviewed. Starting off in Sugar Land, Texas, the heart of DeLay's congressional district, the film follows a couple of local Republican women (one even an activist in the party) who talk about DeLay like he was some promising but wayward teenager who brought shame on them all, lumping him in with that "gang of thugs" he brought to Washington with him. Since this is a Texas political documentary -- and one that keeps things pretty local, which will hurt its chances for viewership outside the Lone Star State -- the ever-earthy authors Molly Ivins and Jim Hightower also show up to lob a few spears at DeLay, who provides his critics with a big fat target.
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The structure of Greenwald's film is pretty simple but effective, it's one used quite often by newsmagazine shows like Dateline. Each segment begins with an idyllic presentation of a small-town business or ordinary workers just trying to make ends meet and raise their families. Then we find out how Wal-Mart has not only torched these people's lives but done so in a way that's hard for even the most ardently laissez-faire capitalist not to be disturbed by. It's difficult to look at scene after scene of vacant storefronts on the deserted main streets of small towns - an effect of a Wal-Mart opening nearby which is memorably referred to by one person as akin to a neutron bomb explosion - and not feel that this is an area where something more complicated than strict supply and demand rules need to be considered.
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This is the basic premise of the documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, which is produced in part by MoveOn.Org and the Center for American Progress, two left-leaning organizations that are working overtime these days to boot George W. Bush from the White House.
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