The Brainwashing Of My Dad By Fox, Hate Media & Rush Limbaugh 

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 called, The Brainwashing of My Dad.  Here a personal note from Jen to me,  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 a 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 1960′s and 70′s, 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.


You know that jokey little joke bit of strategery some of us around here like to throw out whenever Obamz&Co come up with any kind of offering of opinion, or God forbid actual policy, and then are arbitrarily screamed at for being commie-fascist-welfare-taxer-Muslim-brothers-from-the-hood, no matter what the opinion was? We jokesters often like to posit that in response the prez should maybe come out in support of Republican ideas, like having another war (so close) or aborting things, or cuttin’ all these rich people’s taxes more than the less than zero they kinda pay now, or maybe just go ahead and kill Obamacare his ownself? And then maybe these haters of all things Oblackma would act like they have always been for taxing billionaires to pay for our abortion wars and we could get something done as a nation already?

Oh we have made ourselves laugh. But we are now thinking that mayhaps we were really and truly on to something? Because all Michelle Obama had to do was go out and tell some kid-folks that they should drink more water, and BAM! Water is now junk science (just like global warming) and no you should not drink it especially if she says so.


Here’s the tl;dr version: 

Michelle Obama: “Hey folks, replace one sody-pop with water because that’s healthy!”

Conservatives: “FUCK YOUR PINKO WATER, COMMIE! P.S. Hey you poors — no fizz for you, you still can’t have nice things. Because poor.”

There’s some days I’m convinced we’re all being trolled. This is one of those days. Here’s exactly what I pictured:

Conservative Science: Diagnosing the Republican Brain

'We all know that many American conservatives have issues with Charles Darwin, and the theory of evolution. But Albert Einstein, and the theory of relativity?'

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UP w/ Chris Hayes: The psychology of polarization.

I’m blogging this discussion again due to the fact that I just started reading Chris Mooney’s The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science - and Reality because I find this conversation, about the polarization of politics, featuring the aforementioned author, awesome and enlightening.

Also, although I’m only one-fifth of the way through this book I can’t get enough of it. It’s a downer in a way because I too, subscribed (literally, this idea has consumed most of my mind the past year) to the Enlightenment-born idea and principle that reason will undermine un-reason; one day, all will be well and lovely with a society based on reason and facts because refutation of myth, with cold-hard facts, is the antidote. I’m excited to read about how we can use this information, to in fact, move. to. a. more. enlightened. society. Damn, there I go again. (Mooney, suggests in this video, that the first step would be to accept this truth about our brains, and go from there. The problem, conservatives are disinclined for many reasons, to do this.)

Anyway, the reality is that our brains don’t work that way: motivated reason, confirmation bias, and the “primacy of effect” reigns supreme in our evolved brain.


If you love psychology, sociology, politics, biology, genetics, I highly recommend this book.

Also, watch this discussion!

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2. convert to “OCEAN”

  •  Openness to experience – (inventive/curious vs. consistent/cautious) = Intellect - (non-curious vs. inquisitive)
  • Conscientiousness – (efficient/organized vs. easy-going/careless) = Orderliness - (Organized vs. unstructured)
  • Extraversion – (outgoing/energetic vs. solitary/reserved) = Extroversion- (social vs. reserved)
  • Agreeableness – (friendly/compassionate vs. cold/unkind) = Accomodation - (accommodating vs. egocentric)
  • Neuroticism – (sensitive/nervous vs. secure/confident) = Emotional - (limbic vs. calm)


Start on pg 64.

The Science of Fox News: Why Its Viewers are the Most Misinformed

'Authoritarian people have a stronger emotional need for an outlet like Fox, where they can find affirmation and escape factual challenges to their beliefs.'

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OMG - Republican Brain Louie Gohmert May Run for President

OMG – Republican Brain Louie Gohmert May Run for President

First Ted Cruz, now this!

Mind blowing revelation straight out of Republican congressman Louie Gohmert. The joker in the pack is no doubt, Mr. Gohmert, but that is not stopping the Louie from talking openly about probably running for president in 2016!

The Hill reached out to Gohmert to ask if he would be supporting Ted Cruz‘s presidential campaign. Gohmert said, “Ted is a good friend and would…

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The GOP: The Party of Cognitive Dissonance

The GOP: The Party of Cognitive Dissonance

Can anyone please tell me how the Republican brain functions in the real world? Or how they get smart, thinking people to support their policies? Because never have I encountered a mindset so riddled with cognitive dissonance and a total lack of logic.

According to Allen Clifton at Forward Progressives, “Cognitive dissonance is the brain’s inability to handle two conflicting realities, so it…

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Republican Brain Louie Gohmert - “I think it’s time to bomb Iran”

Republican Brain Louie Gohmert – “I think it’s time to bomb Iran”

And now a message from the Republican brain, Louie Gohmert.

On Thursday’s edition of Washington Warch, the Texas Republican told host Tony Perkins that “we need to encourage this administration to go take out Iran’s nuclear capability” instead of pursuing negotiations: “I think it’s time to bomb Iran.”

“We need to make clear to Iran: You can play these silly games with our president that buys…

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