Tonight, 8PM on the IFC, My Doc on the Tea Party

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…

9 thoughts on “Tonight, 8PM on the IFC, My Doc on the Tea Party

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  2. Phocus

    If this guy’s last name was Smith or Thomas or anything but Blumenthal, no one would know who he was. Since this coattail rider “covered” the Bush years, we can assume he is most likely aware of ‘The Day Britain Stopped’ or ‘Death Of A President’, just two of many gems from the left concerning the potential assassination of G.W. Bush. I didn’t take the time to look it up, but I’m sure he railed against them at the time.

    As for “trolling for assassins”…that is from his own mind. He might want to have someone look at it…his mind that is…as all the talk of ‘assassins’ seems to come from his political side and no where else.

    We hope the president fails in all his attempts to diminish the private sector, grow government, and destroy unbridled capitalism. We want him to be politically impotent after November and ‘former’ after 2012. Mr. Blumenthal and the limited people he hangs with are the only ones drumming up or talking about violent actions. We find you mostly funny, instantly tedious, and increasingly tiring.

  3. jareda

    It is really bizarre how people on the right paint Obama as diminishing the private sector, when the bailouts which started under Bush were caused by an implosion of the same actors who had spent years being left to do what they wanted. It’s like a child who, having broken their toy, acts surprised when it’s taken away. But then to paint that with hues of fear, oppression, disdain for authority that was unquestioned for eight years – that’s just pathetic. No gun laws have made it through this supposed oppressor – this supposed enslaver – except for one that allowed guns in National Parks. It’s as if a child had broken their toy, now lied about having another wholly different toy taken away in order to rile up his impotent nanny who, we’ll note, was taken out of power by an election, and is clawing her way back in by any means necessary. Pathetic and small.

  4. freeman420

    Blumenthal is a Yankee – – self-righteous, ruthless, and self-aggrandizing.

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  6. HFLickspittle

    I want to commend Max Blumenthal for having nerves of steel. I appreciate how hard it is to confront these blowhards and I appreciate him for doing it. You are doing a great service to your country. Keep up the good work!

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