Toronto: ‘Merchants of Doubt’ Director Exposes Energy and Tobacco Lobby
Robert Kenner’s “Merchants of Doubt” pulls back the curtain on the illusionists deployed by oil, gas and tobacco companies to use pseudo-science and spin to create an alternate reality in which cigarettes and gas guzzlers are our friends.
“The American public believes in science unless it’s inconvenient,” Kenner said during a dinner for the film shortly before his new documentary premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday.
The film is a mordantly funny indictment of this army of well-heeled prevaricators. Inspired by the book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, Kenner benefits by being able to show these spin-masters in their element, as they thrust, parry, and smile, always smile, on cable news programs.
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