Many of us understand the damage Rush Limbaugh, FOX News, and ‘hate media’ has done to our country in promoting racism, homophobia, misogyny and bigotry. They perpetuate lies and poison the minds of people who get sucked in, and use right wing media as their only source of news. Jen Senko is a filmmaker who watched the transformation of her father, as he slowly came to believe the extreme right wing lies, and she’s making a documentary about it. Heres a note to me from Jen Senko, followed by the Kickstarter commentary:
I was inspired to make this film after watching my father – a non-political Democrat – turn into a right wing fanatic after a change in his car commute exposed him to the reactionary shows on talk radio. The changes in his behavior caused me to research the changes in the media over the last 30 years – and the effect of those changes on the country was indisputable. As the media have been co-opted more and more by special interests, documentarians have become the new journalists. My hope is that after seeing my film, people will question what the media tells them, and hold them accountable.
The truth behind the right-wing media machine that changed a father – and the nation
When the filmmaker’s parents moved to a place where her father had a long solo commute to work and started listening to Talk Radio to alleviate the boredom, her family saw him change from a non-political Democrat to a radicalized, angry right-wing Republican. What happened to Dad?
As filmmaker, Jen Senko, tries to understand the transformation of her father from a mild mannered life-long Democrat to an angry, Right-Wing fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media by the GOP, The Powell Memo and the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine, all of which would ultimately misinform millions, divide families and even the country itself.
Remember when Hillary Clinton got pilloried for blaming a “vast right-wing conspiracy” for the relentless attacks against her husband? Maybe you weren’t around then. Well, she said it. Some thought she’d gone off the deep-end. We all know that “conspiracies” mean that you think that we really didn’t land a man on the moon, or that Bigfoot stalks the North – not that there’s anything wrong with that!
But really, was Hillary right? If you think about it, the country has changed dramatically within the last 30 years. During the 1960s and 70s America was moving in a much more socially minded direction. One could say, “liberal”. Then, slowly the country began to shift. What was once considered “right” is now “center-left”. It can’t be denied that corporations play an ever-increasing role in every facet of our government and the media has been instrumental in this development. We are now so divided that the Left will argue that President Obama is to the right of Reagan while the Right labels him a “Socialist”. Hmm. How did that happen?
This documentary will look at the changes that happened to a dad (and many others) when he changed his media habits. Then we look at how the media itself changed and the effect it had on our country. The media has a powerful influence on the American mind – so much so that one could argue: if you control the Media, you control the American Mind.
Media Commentaries by a few of the extraordinary minds we’ve interviewed so far:
Edward S. Herman
Professor of Sociology and Author, Johnny E. Williams
OUR Kickstarter funds will be used in the following ways:
1. Archival footage, graphics and animation
2. Feed camera crew to shoot the remainder of the interviews
3. Travel. We must go out of state for a few of the interviews.
Our goal is to raise a minimum of $15,000. Our ideal goal would be to raise $75,000. The extra amount would enable us to finish the film by paying for ALL of the editing and sound and color correction. We would also be able to pay for some of the marketing, film festival submissions, and media promotion for a theatrical release. We want you to join us in our endeavor to get the truth out there! Many thanks for making a pledge! We love you!
Update: Since the publishing of this article, $24,748 has been pledged, surpassing the minimum goal. For as little as a $25 pledge, donors will receive a credit in the film along with other rewards. Looks like this documentary is going to be made!
Note from the author: Being part of the Rush Limbaugh boycotts, petitions and protests, like many, I greatly support this documentary being made. When it is released, and public better understands the damage Rush Limbaugh and Fox lies are causing this nation, and how we appear to other countries (Yes, Fox & Limbaugh are heard around the world), perhaps more folks will take action. In the meantime, here are several things we can do, to help remove Rush Limbaugh from public radio: We start with his sponsors.
Join/Visit: BoycottRushFacebook Group
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Use Buycott App: StopRush
The Brainwashing of My Dad Screenshot:
|Leslie Salzillo is an activist, Rush Limbaugh boycotter, political commentator and visual artist. She began contributing to Liberals Unite in June of 2013. Join her on the new Facebook page, Pro-Choice Liberals.|