My thirty minute documentary on the Tea Party and right-wing fear-mongering airs tonight at 8PM ET on the Independent Film Channel. It’s the first episode of the IFC Media Project, a four part series that also features Pulitzer-winning former NY Times correspondent Charlie LeDuff, photojournalist Andrew Berends, and Nir Rosen, who is probably the best war reporter of his generation. Here are two previews of my episode:
And here’s a review from the Denver Post:
“The IFC Media Project” succeeds to the extent that it lets idealistic journalists express themselves in a conversational and sometimes dramatic way, being informative and media-like while bashing The Media.
The series returns for a four-part documentary, “Fear, War, Greed and Disaster,” in half-hour episodes airing at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday next week on IFC, Comcast Channel 503.
Four award-winning journalists — some more on the fringe than others — tackle projects that “aim to uncover what the mainstream media often misses,” according to the series creator Meghan O’Hara (who worked under Michael Moore on “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” ). O’Hara learned from collaborations with Moore that a fast pace, music, candid and down-to-earth interviews, judicious use of animation, a cynical take on capitalist impulses and bobbing hand-held cameras help tell the “alternative” story in a captivating way.
In this case, author and journalist Max Blumenthal’s episode, “Fear,” examines the Tea Party movement and the use of fear tactics by the right-wing as orchestrated by the Republican Party. He charts the shift from inflammatory to violent language, says Fox News is “reveling in what they created,” and interviews rally-going wackos who think President Barack Obama is the foreign- born anti-Christ. He’s smart, doing more than making fun of easy targets…