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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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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 Personal is the Political
4 March 2016 | by savvysoundSee all my reviews

The personal story of filmmaker Jen Senko's dad is a cautionary tale many of us can relate to. And it's directly related - we learn - to the disinformation coming from the Right Wing media that has driven so much political acrimony in this country. In fact, the fanatical political divisions in the US are the same ones that divide families on a personal level. By following the thread of American politics and how it relates to the rise of the Right Wing media, Senko builds a solid case. We learn how and why all of this came about.

There have been other films that examined the subject of the Right Wing Media and its negative effects on democracy, but they tend to be dry treatises.

This should be required viewing for anyone who cares about a free and informative media in this country. An important film. And an entertaining one!


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