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Robert Greenwald is a producer, director and political activist; the founder and president of Brave New Films, a new media company that uses moving images to educate, influence, and empower viewers to take action around issues that matter. Under Greenwald's direction, Brave New Films has produced a series of short political videos, including the Fox Attacks and Real McCain campaigns. One of the more notable Real McCain videos focused on McCain's Mansions; after Brave New Films produced this video, McCain notoriously said he was not sure how many houses he owned and a media firestorm ensued. In total, Brave New Film's short videos have been viewed over 45 million times in the past two years, inspired hundreds of thousands of people to take action and forced pressing issues into the mainstream media.
Robert Greenwald's Brave New Foundation is currently producing Rethink Afghanistan, a groundbreaking documentary being released online in real-time; the film features experts from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S. discussing the United States' flawed strategy in Afghanistan. In August of 2009, Brave New Films launched Sick for Profit, a campaign that focuses on the exorbitant amounts of money made by health insurance companies' CEOs. Within one week, the campaign's first video was viewed over 100,000 times. Recently, Brave New Films also launched Senator Sanders Unfiltered, a two-minute weekly show in which Senator Sanders shares his views on an array of critical issues for our country.
In addition, Greenwald is the director/producer of several documentaries: "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers" (2006), an expose of what happens when corporations go to war; as well as "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" (2005), detailing the retail giant's assault on families and American values; and "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" (2004), about the right-wing opinion factory known as Fox "News". Millions of viewers have seen these films via grassroots "house parties" and independent online DVD sales, a groundbreaking method of alternative distribution. Greenwald also executive produced a trilogy of political documentaries: "Unprecedented: The 2000 Election" (2002); "Uncovered: The War on Iraq" (2003), which he also directed; and "Unconstitutional" (2004).
Prior to his documentary work, Greenwald produced and/or directed more than 55 television movies, miniseries and feature films. Greenwald's films have garnered 25 Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, the Peabody Award and the Robert Wood Johnson Award. He was awarded the 2002 Producer of the Year Award by the American Film Institute. He has been honored for his activism by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California; the Liberty Hill Foundation; the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lawyers Guild; Physicians for Social Responsibility; Consumer Attorney's Association of Los Angeles; Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy and the Office of the Americas.
Why I Am Compelled to Expose the Koch Brothers and the Price We All Pay
The Koch Brothers have worked in the shadows for decades to bend government to do their bidding or to destroy it, becoming richer while attacking social safety nets in many areas -- environment, education, voting rights, union organizing. No other billionaire has that political track record.
This Easter, Religious Leaders Join Forces To Denounce U.S. Drone Policy
Religious leaders coming out against the use of Just War Theory to defend President Obama's drone policy. One asked, "How can we hold our heads high when remote-controlled, killer aircraft like drones are raining death and destruction on populations half a world away from our borders, on women, men and children who pose no threat to our safety and well-being?"
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Koch Brothers: We're Victims
In the wake of Mitt Romney's griping that 47% of the country is mooching off rich folks like him, Charles and David Koch are now suggesting that they, too, are victims.
The Kochs' Double Whammy
If any doubt was left about the power of big money in our politics, the Wisconsin election destroyed it. Charles and David Koch goosed Gov. Scott Walker's campaign with $10 million through their front group Americans for Prosperity, $1 million through the Republican Governors Association
Monday, May 21, 2012
Charles Koch + Roger Ailes = Ohio University?
Why would the esteemed Ohio University host a talk by the likes of Roger Ailes? Maybe we should ask one of the talk's patrons, Charles Koch. Ailes, of Fox News fame, is giving his talk today. The guy who invited him says the point was to get "perhaps the most influential newsman in America" to spark a discussion about "free speech and the media," particularly given OU's "first-rate school of journalism."
Friday, April 27, 2012
You Can Be A Patriot or a Profiteer...But You Can't Be Both.
This week, the three military contractors that do the most business with the Pentagon announced their quarterly profits for 2012. Their profits continue to grow while they push Washington, D.C. to protect their budgets at the expense of the rest of us.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012(1 comments)
Time for Kochs to Resign from ALEC
Charles and David Koch appear to be pushing their right-wing ideology to the bitter end. And it's time for Americans to stop helping them.
The Koch brothers are major backers of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate front group that drafts "model legislation" for state legislators.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Top Ten Koch Facts
Everyone seems to be investigating Charles and David Koch lately, with exposés of their corrupt political behavior popping up in places like the New Yorker, AlterNet, ThinkProgress, and Brave New Foundation's film Koch Brothers Exposed.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Don't Koch Block the Debate
With my new film Koch Brothers Exposed set for release, the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch are doing everything they can do hide their behavior. First they got their lawyer to fire off a menacing letter that all but threatened news organizations that dare to cover the film's content. Now they're insisting -- get this -- that there's nothing to debate anyway.
Saturday, March 31, 2012(1 comments)
Kochs, Lies, and Videotape
This week as I premiered my new film, Koch Brothers Exposed -- the result of a year-long investigation on how two billionaires are using their wealth to corrupt democracy -- Koch Industries has launched an attack on the film and me.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Koch Brothers v. Health Reform
Conservative activists will rally at the Supreme Court tomorrow to encourage the overturn of the Affordable Care Act. The "Hands Off My Health Care" protest--which will feature the likes of Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Sens. Jim DeMint and Rand Paul--is being organized by Americans for Prosperity, a right-wing group financed by industrialists Charles and David Koch. The billionaire brothers provided the seed money to get this or
Friday, March 16, 2012
In Afghanistan, the Dam Breaks
The news just keeps getting worse in Afghanistan for the United States. Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan project has warned for years that the premises of a counterinsurgency there were unrealistic and unworkable, and the ability of a handful of bad actors to completely seize control of the narrative with atrocious actions validates our warnings.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Would a Koch Takeover of Cato Make War with Iran More Likely?
The drumbeat for war in Iran is getting louder, but opposition is coming from a seemingly unlikely source: the Cato Institute. This libertarian think tank generally sides with the Right, but it has long shown an independent streak, sometimes bucking conservative orthodoxy on civil liberties, the war on drugs, and U.S. militarism.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
How to Honor Rush Limbaugh on International Women's Day (VIDEO)
As of this writing, 49 sponsors have pulled out of The Rush Limbaugh Show after his repeated demeaning remarks about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. But of course, this isn't the first time Rush has slandered women. Or the second. Or the fifth. Or the tenth. He makes a career out of enflaming misogynistic (not to mention xenophobic, racist and classist) passions.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Would the Kochs rather attack me than stop cancer? (VIDEO)
My filmmaking team and I recently told the story of the small town of Crossett, Arkansas, where residents are giving powerful testimony about the prevalence of cancer in their community and linking it to a nearby chemical plant owned by Charles and David Koch. This revelation came on top of the already-known facts that the Koch brothers are among the top 10 polluters in the United States and led the charge (unsuccessfully) to
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Are the Koch Brothers Funding Rush Limbaugh?
Just in time for the release of Brave New Foundation's new film, Koch Brothers Exposed, Rush Limbaugh has thrown in with Charles and David Koch in their letter war with Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. No surprise there; Rush has made his fortune defending the rich and powerful against the 99%. But does Rush actually have a vested interest in the Koch brothers' success?
Tuesday, February 28, 2012(1 comments)
Sorry's Not Good Enough in Afghanistan. Here's Why.
As violence continues following the burning of Korans by ISAF in Afghanistan, insiders in Washington, D.C. and in the media are wasting quite a bit of breath asking the rhetorical question, "Why aren't the apologies working?" Military commanders in Afghanistan apologized profusely, President Obama exposed himself to the demagoguery of Republican primary opponents with his own apology. Why does the violence continue?
VIDEO: Lobbyist Poses as Mechanic in Anti-Union Super Bowl Ad
America just got rickrolled.
There we were last week, innocently partaking in the annual testosterone-fest that is the Super Bowl, when we were treated to an ad featuring a group of supposed auto mechanics lamenting that they never voted for the union they're in. But look closely. One of these "mechanics" is sporting a gold watch, manicured hands, and a brand new shirt. That's because he's not a mechanic, or even an actor.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012(2 comments)
What the Koch brothers say online but won't say under oath
Why will Charles and David Koch produce a video about their position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline and not testify before Congress about it? The Koch brothers have refused to answer questions about how they stand to profit from the Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,700-mile long boondoggle that would cut through six states and damage American homes and farmland
Monday, January 30, 2012
Hauling the Koch brothers into Congress
Imagine Charles and David Koch testifying, under oath, in Congress.
Even though the billionaire oil industry brothers continue trying to dodge accountability, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) invited the Koch brothers to testify and answer a few simple questions about how the Kochs are positioned to gain financially by the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a 1,700-mile long boondoggle that would make the Koch brothers even richer.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Are the Koch brothers teaching you?
What's happening to academia in Florida demands national attention. Billionaires Charles and David Koch are infringing on intellectual freedom and independence in colleges and universities. It's an old fashioned quid pro quo where the Koch brothers get allied professors who'll preach Ayn Rand, supply side economic policies and the values of the 19th century Guilded Age to students and the college gets some funding.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Who are the anti-Obama billionaires supporting the Keystone pipeline?
Billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch were stopped today. The Keystone XL oil pipeline will meet its end today in a Washington DC press conference. The pipeline would've been one of the largest oil developments in American history. The pipeline would've destroyed American homes, farmlands and sensitive ecosystems along the nearly 2,000-mile path from Northwest Canada and through six U.S. states to the Gulf
Monday, January 16, 2012
No More "King-Washing" the Pentagon, Please
It is natural for people and organizations to want to associate with King. He was a true prophet in the best sense of the word, someone whose courage, dignity and clear moral vision burned so hot and bright that his after-image remains in our eyes long after he's gone. But there is a deep, deep difference between trying to associate by emulation and association by manipulation.
Friday, January 13, 2012(2 comments)
Is your Senator Representing Charles and David Koch?
Billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch look like they're easy graders. Their tea party group released its rankings this week of senators and congressman who tow the Koch line most, and it gave a total of 44 A+'s for the 112th Congress.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011(4 comments)
Why Jamie Dimon Just Doesn't Get It
Jamie Dimon, the infamous CEO of JPMorgan Chase, is back to doing what he does best: defending the bankers of the 1% against the petulant 99%. "Acting like everyone who's been successful is bad and because you're rich you're bad, I just don't get it," he said at a recent investors conference. "Sometimes there's a bad apple, yet we denigrate the whole."
Dimon says this as if he's not one of the baddest apples in the barrel.
In the lead: Rupert Murdoch and the Koch Brothers
Our vote on the 1% has been vigorous since it started last week, with thousands of people rating nominees representing Wall Street, dirty energy, war profiteering, and more. We're going to make videos exposing the ones our audience thinks are doing the most to exploit the 99% -- and so far, the most unpopular of the bunch are media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the democracy-crushing Koch Brothers.
Don't Let Obama Take A Koch Check
Few personify the wealthiest 1% more than Charles and David Koch, who're among the largest financial beneficiaries of dirty tar sands oil. The Keystone XL pipeline would hurt America and make the Koch brothers richer. In other words, it would give the Koch brothers more billions of dollars to buy American democracy and bend it to their whims.
Monday, October 17, 2011(1 comments)
Bursting Leon Panetta's Spending Spin Bubble (VIDEO)
Leon Panetta becomes Defense Secretary and suddenly he forgets his experience as a professor and environmentalist: military spending costs jobs compared to other ways of spending the money. Still, Panetta pressures Congress to slash other spending that actually creates jobs rather than trimming a bloated war budget that's strangling our economy.
OCCUPY Your City and Make History
The Occupy Wall Street protest is a full bore indictment against corporate greed and dysfunctional government. It's a demand for nation building here at home. The local protests are growing more each day, with some observers estimating the Occupy movement could swell to 250,000 online activists in the coming days.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
See Charles Koch Flip Flop on Social Security [VIDEO]
Charles and David Koch built a distortion machine to do their dirty work for them. Through think tanks, academic research, political donations and conservative media, the Koch brothers have steamrolled Americans into believing things that are false and into supporting policies that benefit the Koch brothers' profits.
Lost, Abused and Neglected for a Profit
Guillermo Gomez-Sanchez is a 50-year-old legal resident with a mental disability. In 2004, Gomez was detained because of a dispute at a grocery store over a bag of tomatoes. His detention led him into a labyrinth of abuse and neglect - in an immigration system that increasingly puts profit over justice by handing the reigns to private prison corporations.
The War Budget Is Burning Down Our Economy
President Obama will talk jobs tonight. Good. That's what we should have been talking about all year. Here's all thirty-four words of our suggested script for the speech:
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Kochs' Keystone clique exposed
The Koch brothers would profit from this oil pipeline at the expense of working families, who live and work along the approximately 2,000 miles of the pipeline's route. The brothers own almost all of the $100bn Koch Industries, which is "among Canada's largest crude oil purchasers, shippers and exporters."
Tuesday, August 30, 2011(1 comments)
Meet The New American Sweatshop
The professional carwash industry is a $23 billion enterprise, one which more and more Americans make use of every year. If you visited a carwash lately - which judging by the latest industry report you probably have or will in the near future - you may have noticed the fast and arduous labor of carwash workers. You have seen that even in the most extreme heat or cold weather, carwash workers are hard at it - focusing on eve
Thursday, August 25, 2011(2 comments)
Do the Koch Brothers Want A Toxic Disaster?
The latest chapter of the Koch brothers disdain for public service and safety confirms much of what we've learned through our Koch Brothers Exposed campaign, which has linked the billionaire right wing brothers to disastrous oil spills, devastating land grabs and attacks on Social Security and public education.
Murdoch's Web of Corruption Continues To Demand An Independent Investigation
The story of News Corps ever unraveling corruption is still far from over. This week's revelations in the News Corp drama highlights the lies in the Murdochs' prior testimony to parliament, and demands that more questions be answered regarding who knew what and did what. At this point the level of criminal activity and cover-up exceeds anything seen in recent history.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Enough With the Scare Tactics, Secretary Panetta
If you thought we were going to have a rational, fact-based debate about cuts to the out-of-control military budget in this country, think again. The Pentagon and their war industry allies are mounting an aggressive, fear-based campaign of hyperbole and spin to scare Congress away from cuts that could affect contractor profits. The reason for this propaganda push is simple: if Congress rationally considers how much we should s
Wednesday, August 17, 2011(2 comments)
Seven Years After Outfoxed, Murdoch's Empire Continues Corruption
Seven years ago, Brave New Films and I exposed Rupert Murdoch's top down journalism at FOX News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know. As recent news makes clear, Murdoch only has continued to lead a legacy of corrupting journalism and harming the public interest. The latest information released reveals how widespread internal knowledge and support was around wiretapping pr
War Budget Cuts Possible If We Counter Contractors' Multimillion-Dollar Campaign Spending
The deal worked out to allow a rise in the debt ceiling gives us our first real chance in more than a decade to make significant cuts to our country's out-of-control war budget, but we are going to have to fight for them. The war industry is already deploying their favorite kind of stealth weapon on Capitol Hill to protect their profits: money and influence. Members of the newly-announced deficit committee have together taken
Wednesday, June 22, 2011(11 comments)
Inside the Koch Brothers' Expensive Echo Chamber
Documents and interviews unearthed in recent months by Brave New Foundation researchers illustrate a $28.4 million Koch business that has manufactured 297 commentaries, 200 reports, 56 studies and six books distorting Social Security's effectiveness and purpose.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
PalinGate, Too much Sarah Palin, Not Enough Substance
There's nothing funny about Sarah Palin or her influence on our democracy, but together we can use satire to make an impact and undermine her aura of authenticity and altruism.
Brave New Films is out today with a People's Cut of Palin's upcoming movie, and you won't believe what she's saying right now about her film.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
1,500 Broken Promises from Afghanistan War Backers
This weekend, many Americans will mark Memorial Day at barbecues or other patriotic events, but thousands of families will spend the day dealing with the heartbreaking absence of a loved one. Others will spend the day like they spent every day for the last decade: hoping there's not a phone call or a knock at the door to tell them their deployed family member won't be coming home.
Monday, May 23, 2011(2 comments)
Sec. Clinton Has A Choice: Protect Americans or Profit The Kochs
The Kochs have been exposed as being willing to cause any degree of harm to our country that would increase their profits. And now they're going after Midwest land, the property passed down through generations of family, and the safety of our drinking water and air.