Some interesting weekend viewing from The Age TV, a terrific documentary by Australian film maker Taki Oldham:
Something is stirring in America. After Barack Obama and a Democratic congress swept to power promising a new era of hope and change, out of nowhere a citizens protest movement called the Tea Party emerged threatening to derail their agenda. Was this uprising the epitome of grassroots democracy? Or was it, as some said, an example of astroturfing – the creation of fake grassroots groups designed to put corporate messages in the mouths of seemingly independent citizens? Fascinated by this concept of astroturfing, and curious to find out if these accusations were true, Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham hopped on a plane to investigate. The Billionaires’ Tea Party is a journey through a unique moment in American history and a thoroughly researched piece of investigative journalism.
Compelling evidence that right-wing billionaire’s funded and nurtured the Tea Party into existence. It is a weird mix of concerned citizens, birthers and gun-totting militia.
Worth the 45 minutes for those fascinated by American politics and the climate debate.