What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hating Breitbart PG-13 (the original cut, which was rated R for language, was titled simply Hating Breitbart) is actually an homage to the late right-wing activist and new media entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart. The documentary offers an overwhelmingly reverential portrait of the conservative media mogul, who considered it his job to discredit what he considered the liberal mainstream media. It's not an objective film; all but one or two of the people interviewed are friends, family, or admiring colleagues. Where your family stands on the political spectrum will likely determine how much you enjoy this documentary, which portrays Breitbart as a brave, almost heroic figure in American journalism.
- Families can discuss Hating Breitbart PG-13's intent: Is it to counter the negative media perception of Andrew Breitbart or to explain why people either love or hate his style of journalism?
- What are the differences between fact and speculation or opinion? What tools do we have to help us determine which is which? Do you think documentaries are required to be objective? Why or why not?
- Breitbart's untimely death is never mentioned except for a graphic that shows his birth and death years right before the credits. Do you think Breitbart's death and how it affected the Breitbart media empire should have been discussed?