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‘Won’t Back Down’ : The Movie So Bad They’re Giving It Away

October 11, 2012

The right-wing propaganda flick “Won’t Back Down” has been critically panned and is a disaster at the box office. But the effort to push the anti-union, billionaire-backed education “reform” agenda won’t quit yet. Regal Crown Club members are receiving the following email today:

Won't Back Down From Right-wing Drivel

“This poor film is so shamelessly manipulative and hopelessly bogus it will make you bite your tongue in regret and despair.” — LA Times

Just in case you aren’t already familiar with this film:

Well-funded advocates of privatizing the nation’s education system are employing a new strategy this fall to enlist support for the cause. The emotionally engaging Hollywood film “Won’t Back Down” […] portrays so-called “Parent Trigger” laws as an effective mechanism for transforming underperforming public schools. But the film’s distortion of the facts prompts a closer examination of its funders and backers and a closer look at those promoting Parent Trigger as a cure for what ails the American education system.

While Parent Trigger was first promoted by a small charter school operator in California, it was taken up and launched into hyperdrive by two controversial right-wing organizations: the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Heartland Institute.  (Center For Media and Democracy – PR Watch)

The film was produced by Walden Media. Billionaire ALEC-backer Phillip Anschutz owns Walden Media and is also a major shareholder in Regal Entertainment which is now promoting the film with free tickets.

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