The Brainwashing of My Dad

Oct 26 Rhinebeck

In Person: Filmmaker Jen Senko
When her father transformed from a non-political, lifelong Democrat into a Right-Wing fanatic after listening to talk radio, filmmaker Jen Senko set out to uncover the forces behind the media that changed him.

Through interviews with linguists Noam Chomsky and George Lakoff, media luminaries Steve Rendell and Eric Boehlert, and activist groups STOP RUSH and HearYourselfThink, among others, Senko unravels how media manipulations over the past 30 years have led to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, intentional misinformation, and greater division in our country. As she investigates the Powell Memo that urged business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion in the 70s, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine under Reagan, and Roger Ailes’ recent plans for GOP media via stations such as Fox News, Senko points to questions about who owns the airwaves, what rights we have as listeners/watchers, and what responsibility our government has to keep the airwaves truly fair, accurate, and accountable. In this pre-election season, her film serves up some entertaining and compelling food for thought.

(USA / 2015 / Directed by Jen Senko)
Unrated / 90 mins.