Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy 2004 NR CC

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Greg Palast has been following the Bush family around for years as an investigative reporter for the BBC. This is some of the information he has found, as recorded in his book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy".

Starring:
Clayton Roberts, Greg Palast
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1 hour 2 minutes

Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

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Genres Documentary
Director Steven Grandison
Starring Clayton Roberts, Greg Palast
Supporting actors Jim Hightower, Bill White, Terry Johnson, Robert Dieter, Bob Hope, George W. Bush, George Bush, Bill Burkett, Karen Hughes, Jeb Bush, Katherine Harris, Al Gore, Willie Steen, Pam Iorio, Craig McDonald, Kenneth Lay, Andrea McWilliams, Dean McWilliams
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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It's an effective method of presenting themes but it lasts too long.
Brian J Hay
I think we now know why we have never heard of Greg Palast and probably never will.
John PC
How dare the feds prevent the Bushs from making money from the Nazis.
Richard Melvin

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294 of 341 people found the following review helpful By Alice June Milligan on August 24, 2004
Format: DVD
And tells about it on camera, loud and clear! Anyone who views this DVD knows why the American TV networks didn't air it: too much truth, too much documentation, too much honesty. I live in Asia and have friends living in Europe. This program was shown on TV on those two continents, but not in N. America.

Why? Because it also tells exactly how the 2000 election was stolen - gives the names of the people involved, the companies involved, and lets us know that the contracts for this infamy were given out months in advance. What's keeping them from doing it again? This DVD should be viewed by all Americans.
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108 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Richard Melvin on October 4, 2004
Format: DVD
I find it ironic that the previous reviewer(s) label Greg Palast as a liberal propogandist because this reveals they did not read his book, 'The Best Democracy Money Can Buy'. Palast is an old-fashioned muckraking journalist who will report the mis-deeds of those with conservative, liberal and moderate persuasions. To give some background, in his book he exposes misdeeds by the Bushs, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Pat Robertson, the World Bank, environmentalists, major corporations......and if this is giving you the perception that the ball part of Palast's 'ball point pen' is a wrecking ball, you are correct. Investigative reporting has no credability if it is biased in any way shape and form and Palast is relentless to find the truth, no matter how offensive it is. Palast even exposes himself: the one-time he took the money and ran from an investigative report. This is totally indicative of the truthfulness and uncompromising nature of his reportage in both the book and DVD. This documentary could have easily been called 'Lewinsky, the snorting Koch brothers, and the reason why Bill Clinton should have been impeached'.

But the subject matter at hand is the all-American Bush family and Palast, as usual, gives no quarter. He reports on the 2000 stolen election; how the Iraq invasion was actually planned in the year 2001; how W. jumped ahead of 'thousands' of applicants to get into the Texan National Air Guard with a score of 25 on his entrance exam. This score places W. at one point above the "too-dumb-to-fly-status". Etc, etc, etc. For those who think the Bush family is being wronged just consider some of the historic offences accumulated by the Bush clan.
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188 of 223 people found the following review helpful By J. Henson on September 14, 2004
Format: DVD
Living in our modern world I was able to snag a copy off of the internet, it was shown on BBC 3 and what Greg Palast calls the electronic Berlin Wall is and was still in effect Americans weren't lucky enough to get a peek; until now.

Greg Palast exposes the charmed life of George Dubya Bush through his dealings with the Texas air national guard through the theft of the White House in 2000 and does so with snarky commentary AND documented proof.

I recommend this to everyone, no matter what your political leanings are it's important to know both sides of the story.
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111 of 131 people found the following review helpful By William Hare on October 8, 2004
Format: DVD
Greg Palast during the personal interview phase of his hard hitting new DVD documentary "Bush Family Fortunes", which he adapted from his penetrating bestseller "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy", explains what it took to enable him to provide his insightful commentaries into the current political scene. He had to move out of the country.

Many people think that Greg Palast is a British reporter. Actually he hails originally from the San Fernando Valley suburban Southern California town of Van Nuys, but in the process of attempting to penetrate through the thick veneer of corporate media concentration, he was stymied. Since the British Broadcasting Corporation was willing to present his television reporting and The Guardian willing to publish his articles, Palast has been spending a great deal of his time in London. "My kids have these funny Upstairs, Downstairs English accents," he explains, "and I'd love to spend more time in America, but I found I had to work in England."

Michael Moore calls Palast's reporting "courageous" and it certainly is. He never takes a backward step, especially when it comes to the rich and powerful that are attempting to shield their unscrupulous practices. This film reveals how George W. Bush went AWOL in the Texas Air National Guard when it appeared that combat might be awaiting in Vietnam.

A fellow Guardsman explains that the rules were bent in order for him to be accepted, since the general rule was that members had between three and years of flying experience to be considered. Bush not only had no such experience; he was just one point above the "too dumb to fly" minimum score on his entrance application and had over 100,000 applicants ahead of him.
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101 of 120 people found the following review helpful By H. A Huffman on October 11, 2004
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This is a great follow-up for Americans who watched Moore's film and want the whole story. As usual, I see that some Neocon lackeys posted their usual "Its's all lies" reviews (ho-hum). The information in this DVD is 100% accurate and can be verified, unlike the rantings of Neocon minions. This DVD even contains photos of documents uncovered by Greg Palast.

I originally heard all of this information a while back, on the BBC's online site (since American reporters are too cowardly to question Lord Bush) its good to see it presented in a polished documentary.

Every American needs to swallow the red pill and watch this DVD.
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