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A Review of Greg Palast's "Bush Family Fortunes"

-- October 10, 2004

At the beginning of the month, Greg Palast's publicist sent us a copy of his new DVD, Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, and asked us to publish a review. I'm happy to write a review, but I'm afraid that the content of the review itself may not be what Palast had hoped for.

Don't get me wrong -- I happen to agree with at least two-thirds of what Palast has to say on "Bush Family Fortunes," and I think it's very important for people to become educated on the subject of George W. Bush as we head into the election season.

However, in order for me to recommend that you buy a DVD and devote time (in this case, an hour) to viewing it, that money and time have to be worth something. I cannot conclude that Palast's DVD will contribute anything worth $15 and an hour of your time to your understanding of the what he calls the "Bush Dynasty" and its effect on American politics.

What are the contributions a DVD like this could have made, and how does Palast's attempt at a DVD shape up?

If the information in Palast's DVD is nothing usefully new, if it's deceptively presented so as to puff up Palast's self-importance, and if its stylistic aggressiveness makes it off-putting to undecided voters, what is its value? What does it contribute? I assert that it contributes less than nothing to the current political scene. It's made effectively useless by Palast's bluster to anybody who doesn't already agree with him. And those of us who agree with Palast already should be careful. Greg Palast is a man who tells us exactly what we want to hear, which means we should be especially wary and demand that he provide the evidence to prove his case. He doesn't do so systematically, which deflates my confidence in his work.

My recommendation? Ignore the hype. If you've been even moderately attentive to the newspapers in the past three years, you'll know the details Palast presents already. There's nothing new to see here, folks. Move along. Move along.

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