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An Interesting Read For Unionists Fighting The 1%: The Brainwashing Of My Dad By Fox News, Rush Limbaugh & ‘Hate Media’

Published Sunday, February 7, 2016
by Leslie Salzillo/

Many of us understand the damage that’s been done by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and Hate Media.

You can hear the promotion of blatant racism, homophobia, misogyny and bigotry just by turning on the TV, radio or computer.

Malicious lies are perpetuated until they are believed by those who have been sucked in and who now 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 Propaganda.

Senko is now making a documentary about it called The Brainwashing Of My Dad.

Here’s a personal note Jen sent me: "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 ‘reactionary shows’ on talk radio.  The changes in his behavior drove me to research the changes in the media over the last thirty 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 will ‘insist’ on laws that would ‘hold them accountable.’"

More about The Brainwashing of My Dad: 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.

This begged the question: What happened to Dad?

As filmmaker, Jen Senko, tries to understand the transformation of her father, 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, or aliens abduct certain people and experiment on them.

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.

How did that happen?

This documentary looks at the changes that happened to a dad (and many others’ dads or beloved relative) 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

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