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An exclusive clip from the forthcoming documentary “The Brainwashing of My Dad” shows political operative David Brock, a key player in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid, explaining that Fox News degrades other news organizations by forcing them to cope with misunderstanding that its stream of misinformation and skewed framing creates in the minds of consumers of mainstream news.

Written and directed by Jen Senko, “The Brainwashing of My Dad” is a major work of media criticism and historical sociology that explores how many Americans, including those who exhibited little or no prejudice near the middle of the 20th century, became right-wing reactionaries.

These changes occurred, the film argues, in step with the rise of deeply partial right-wing media, particularly talk radio and Fox News, which stoked the suspicion and resentment of working whites (and males in particular) who feel they have lost out on economic prosperity.

Senko tells this story by contemplating the evolution of her father’s political sentiments and through interviews with major scholars and critics, including Noam Chomsky, Jeff Cohen and George Lakoff. Senko also interviews numerous people who describe how they “lost” friends and family members to conservative media.

“The Brainwashing of My Dad” was produced by Matthew Modine and Adam Rackoff and executive-produced by Ryan Smith and Jodie Evans. It features animation by Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton. It opens in select theaters and on iTunes and video-on-demand on March 18.

Watch the trailer below.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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