Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"The Billionaires' Tea Party": documentary made too soon for debt-ceiling debate

Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham’s 56-minute documentary “The Billionaires’ Tea Party” (2010)  makes a nice companion to “Koch Brothers Exposed” (Sept. 20), curiously, I can’t find it on imdb (see below), but it is available for Instant Play on Netflix. The tagline is “How corporate America is faking a grassroots revolution.”

The film traces the rapid growth of the informal “Tea Party” from the time of Obama’s inauguration, but was apparently shot before the debt-ceiling “debate” in the summer of 2011. 

Charles and David Koch are identified as the fifth and sixth wealthiest individuals in the world. I’m not sure where Mark Zuckerberg is on this list, but I don’t think he’s part of the “tea party”.

Other pro-free-market organizations are identified, including Citizens for a Sound Economy, and Freedom Works (as well as Americans for Prosperity).

There seems to be a total lack of intellectual honesty in the highly partisan political areas.  One activist describes how he goes on to Amazon and other sites and assigns “stars” to books and movies based on their political correctness (from a right-wing viewpoint) rather than artistic merit. I'm reminded of a line in ABC's last standing soap "General Hospital": "I'm a publisher. I manipulate information for a living." I guess journalists can't be publishers.

Another speaker (propaganda expert Crispin Miller) says that the “real currency in a democracy is honest information” and that rich people or companies have an artificially propped right (by the First Amendment) to buy the public distribution of falsehoods. 

The film presents the two biggest target issues for the “right” as climate change and “Obamacare”.

One supporter of conservative pundit Glen Beck says “I’m not too old to have heroes” or idols. 

The official site is here

There is a longer (90 minute) version of the film called “(Astro) Truf Wars”.  (I do see an entry for this on imdb now.) Maybe the Boehner  debt-ceiling debate gets covered here.   How about calling it “Turf Protection”?  

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