Jen Senko, a documentary filmmaker, looks at the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her WWII vet father who changed from a life-long, nonpolitical Democrat to an angry, right-wing...
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Jen Senko, a documentary filmmaker, looks at the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her WWII vet father who changed from a life-long, nonpolitical Democrat to an angry, right-wing fanatic after his discovery of talk radio on a lengthened commute to work. In trying to understand how this happened, she not only finds this to be a phenomenon, but also uncovers some of the forces behind it: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon to create a media for the GOP; the Lewis Powell Memo, urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion - especially the universities - the media and the courts; and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine - all of which helped to change the entire country's direction and culture, misinformed millions, divided families and even the country itself.Written by
This is an important documentary. It takes an admittedly important and relevant explanation and makes it personal.
This is the story of one family and how the older man was brainwashed to become a hateful and resentful conservative racist and shows how it is being played out systematically in our larger society.
It is important to put into words and images the things we have already seen and felt for ourselves and have an explanation for it. Noam Chomsky, who is the foremost intellectual of our times, provides a short but fascinating explanation among others.
Watch it, but do so with family.
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