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en(gender)ed features stories that explore the systems, practices, and policies that enable gender-based violence and oppression and the solutions to end it. We teach feminism and decolonize hearts and minds, one story at a time.


Episode 105: Jen Senko on "The Brainwashing of My Dad" and right-wing media's impact on our democracy

On this episode of the en(gender)ed podcast, our guest is Jen Senko, an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose documentaries focus on socio-political themes with the intent of inspiring discussion and fomenting change, most notably, The Brainwashing of My Dad, which tracks the disturbing rise of right-wing media.  We speak with Jen today about her films, her activism, disinformation tactics used by conservative media outlets, and why and how a free press and educated populace is an essential component of a functioning democracy.

During our conversation, Jen and I referenced the following resources and topics:

  • How her father's increasing obsession with right-wing media and Fox News inspired her to make the film
  • The research of Kathleen Taylor, author of the book, Brainwashing:  The Science of Thought Control
  • Albert Biderman's "Chart of Coercion" which was discussed in our interview with Jess Hill about her book, See What You Made Me Do
  • The influence of Rush Limbaugh on Jen's father's behavior and thoughts towards women
  • Fox News' use of the term "fair and balanced" to portray itself as fact-based and objective and legitimate journalism
  • Edward Bernays' reframing of bad things as good as an advertising tactic to sell products, such as calling cigarettes "torches of freedom"
  • How Trump uses brainwashing techniques like those described in the film as depicted in the book The Cult of Trump:  A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control, by Steven Hassan
  • Dave and Erin Ninehouser's work to help reclaim America's brain from media manipulators and agenda-driven demagogues through their organization, Hear Yourself Think
  • The importance of media literacy, a free press, and citizen demand for media accountability to our democracy
  • The significance of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in opening up the path towards media oligarchies


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