“A satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin.”
That’s official promo language for the upcoming movie “Merchants of Doubt,” based on the book of the same name by science historian Naomi Oreskes and co-author Eric Conway.
The movie — opening March 6 in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and then around the country — is the subject of independent videographer Peter Sinclair’s new “This is Not Cool” video for Yale Climate Connections.
In that video, Director Robert Kenner weighs the challenges of following-up on Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and says “Merchants of Doubt” is “a film about doubters and how people are able to stop us from believing inconvenient science.”
Again, quoting the official promo material for the “Merchants” movie:
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.