Brainwashing Blames Conservative Media for Hate


Jen Senko is mourning the loss of her father ... to the right-wing media machine.

The documentary filmmaker says her dad changed for the worse after getting a steady dose of Fox News and other conservative outlets. This genteel soul suddenly hated gay people, minorities and even ... Democrats.

Her upcoming film, The Brainwashing of My Dad, tries to explain just what happened. The film, hitting New York and L.A. theaters March 18, suggests conservative new media is brimming with hateful messages folks like Senko's father lap up.

The film lets Noam Chomsky, one of the culture's most hard-left voices, explain why a steady dose of, say, Bill O'Reilly, can warp unsuspecting viewers. Other experts quizzed for the film include fellow liberals like David Brock and radio host Thom Hartmann. Sounds fair and balanced, no?

Senko wants a world where the New York Times, NPR and the evening news broadcasts once more control the media narrative. Today, those outlets still pack a considerable influence, but independent voices also can be heard. And, in many cases, the latter can crush or carry the narrative du jour.

The documentary might be less laughable had it come out a decade ago, when the left first realized their media monopoly was in jeopardy. That the film will reach theaters in 2016 shows that some cultural observers clearly don't get out much.