As the very foundation of our democracy continues to be threatened by a narrow and exclusionary Tea Party faction of the extreme right-wing, we find ourselves at a point in our nations history where we can no longer be politically passive. Government gridlock has become the status quo, our national wealth is being extracted, and the middle class is shrinking. We find ourselves being represented by politicians that – supported by dark money – drive the climate change denial movement, the assault on women’s rights and LBGT rights, “right-to-work” legislation, “stand your ground” laws, de-funding public education, privatizing prisons, and a whole host of other issues that threaten the American Dream. As such, it’s imperative that we are proactive in educating the masses of what exactly is at stake.
This series is intended to be a fun, educational, and interactive way of doing just that. Consider it a large, online book club – except with movies instead.
Each Thursday, we will ask that you spend an hour or two over the weekend watching a specific documentary that we have identified at critical to help you understand how we got to where we are. If possible, we will provide the film for you, and if not, we will point you to where you can find it. Grab your family and your friends, and make it fun. That Sunday, we will collectively use our online forums to discuss what we have learned, more closely examine some of the topics that were covered in the movie, and engage each other on how we can best fix it. Our hope is, this series will inspire you all to become more engaged in the political process, and hopefully provide you the materials and the knowledge to open some eyes around you. We are very excited about this project, and hope you will participate!
Our first film is called Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism. Without any doubt, Fox News is one of the primary engines of disinformation that permeates certain segments of our society. An ill-informed public is perhaps more dangerous than an uniformed one.
A Synopsis of Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism via Netflix:
Filmmaker Robert Greenwald delivers a no-holds-barred documentary on Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News cable channel, which has been criticized in certain quarters as running a “race to the bottom” in television news. Featuring interviews with a range of media experts, the film offers an in-depth look at the dangers of burgeoning corporations that take control of the public’s right to know and explores Murdoch’s ever-expanding media empire.
Stream Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism on Netflix HERE.
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