“Hating Breitbart” introduces movie goers to the man the mainstream media despised for telling it like it is.
The film, opening in select theaters Friday, will certainly be greeted with head nods and high fives by those who followed the late media mogul’s work. Those unfamiliar with Andrew’s mission or his successful take down of media memes will walk away with a better understanding of what he was fighting – and why so many people wanted to personally destroy him.
The documentary captures Andrew using his media empire to savage ACORN, the media lie that the Tea Party movement was hopelessly racist and reporters who cared more about attacking Andrew’s minions than doing actual journalism.
Andrew did it all with great humor, a ferocious spirit and a willingness to sign up every citizen journalist he could to join his army.
“Everybody has the ability to break a story … it’s the most exciting era in the history of the First Amendment,” he says during the film.
I have to admit that I missed most of the Breitbart experience while he was alive. Now I wish I had paid more attention.
Forget about his political views. The man was onto something that could be a real game-changer. For decades the mainstream (corporate) media has held a stranglehold on information. Yes, “the truth is out there”, but you gotta go look for it. Propaganda comes right into your living room every night.
A very small group of people, answerable to no one, exercise control over 90% of what we call news. They decide what to tell us about and what to ignore. They even try to tell us what it means. Joseph Goebbels would be envious.
People talk about starting new political parties when they should focus on joining what Breitbart called the “new media.”
“The new media is taking over where the old media failed. Yes, they failed, my friends. Yes, they failed.”
Breitbart believed in citizen journalists, armed with digital cameras, smart phones, internet access and social media, who would bypass the old media. In other words, what the progressive blogosphere was supposed to be before the progressive bloggers sold out (he helped create Huffington Post).
This is not about ideology. Truth has no ideology, it just is what it is. But truth is a double-edged sword that doesn’t care which way it cuts.
Remember Occupy Wall Street? They recorded their activities and posted them on YouTube. Then they discovered that people didn’t like what they were seeing so the Occupiers started deleting their own stuff. But even though it was bad for the Occupy movement it was a win for the new media. People didn’t have to take anyone’s word about the Occupiers they could see for themselves.
The prevalence of recording devices has provided shocking proof of how police officers really act. We’ve seen people punched or tasered by cops for little or no reason. This has resulted in some states trying to criminalize the recording of the police!
The truth is out there. Let’s go get it.
Hating Breitbart starts today in selected theaters.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:32