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The Brainwashing of My Dad (2015)

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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... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Eric Boehlert Eric Boehlert ... Himself
David Brock David Brock ... Himself
Noam Chomsky ... Himself
Jeff Cohen Jeff Cohen ... Himself
Claire Conner Claire Conner ... Herself
Thom Hartmann Thom Hartmann ... Himself
Edward S. Herman Edward S. Herman ... Himself
Frank Luntz Frank Luntz ... Himself
Matthew Modine ... Narrator
Carol Wallin Carol Wallin ... Herself
Johnny Williams Johnny Williams ... Himself
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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 anonymous

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The shocking truth behind the right-wing media machine that changed a father -- and the nation

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18 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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The visible and invisible manipulations of the right wing media machine
20 March 2016 | by trez1See all my reviews

This film should be required viewing for all U.S. voters for they will understand just how insidious, wide ranging and effective the right wing media machine (e.g., Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio etc.)has been on the cultural landscape for the past 20 years.

Beyond the expected debunking of what we know is a sham -- Fox New's "Fair and Balanced" misreporting and Limbaugh's outlandish comments -- Ms. Senko's film takes us beyond the dictated talking points of Fox President's Roger Ailes to something much deeper and chilling.

The skill of these propagandists and their toxic effect on ordinary citizens (as seen through the lens of her own father) is an eye opener. The ending was especially moving. See it for yourself.


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