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Report: Top movie flimflams audiences about Russiagate as November elections near
New movie release unscrupulously fans the flames of division over the Trump-Russia scandal.
By: Omnicom Press
IMDb (International Movie Database) has revealed that Active Measures is already the highest rated documentary since the year 2000. It beats out OJ, Mr. Rogers, and others. Dunkerley says "It's ironic that this documentary of the century documents not facts but malicious allegations that are unsubstantiated."
Dunkerley's report takes aim at several misleading vignettes in the movie. He explains that they are based on fabrications, not facts.
His analysis flatly debunks incendiary allegations by former presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and the late John McCain. In addition, Dunkerley sets the record straight on the issues of alleged political murders by Putin, the state of press freedom in Russia, and the significance of Putin's KGB past. He does not seek to exonerate Putin. In fact, he says, he has no idea whether or not Putin is guilty. But, Dunkerley says, he is endeavoring to expose parties at the origin of these stories who can be proved to be lying and fabricating.
Active Measures' main theme, Dunkerley says, is that "the president is a puppet of Vladimir Putin." The film features a star-studded cast of characters with the likes of Clinton, McCain, and the former US envoy to Moscow Michael McFaul.
Examining the movie's modus operandi Dunkerley concludes: Cast members state unfounded premises about Russia as if they are facts. Then they draw conclusions based on those faulty premises. Audience members unable to tag the premises as false will likely be drawn into accepting the conclusions without realizing they've been hoodwinked, Dunkerley fears.
The term "active measures" was coined during the Cold War era to describe a variety of Soviet political warfare activities that included propaganda, disinformation, and others, according to Dunkerley.
Dunkerley concludes his report saying:
"Active Measures sets out to warn of how active measures are being used to deceive Americans about a 'conspiracy hiding in plain sight.' The irony of it all is that the movie itself is an actual exemplar of active measures. It presents specious commentary as if it were factual. In a sense it is sucker bait. Its producers call it a documentary. That's true. It documents its own deception."
Nonetheless, Dunkerley advises movie goers not to skip watching the film. He suggests, "It offers a perfect opportunity to witness highly polished political misinformation in action.
The full text of Dunkerley's report can be viewed on the website of the American University in Moscow at:
Hanna D. York