Journeys With George

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On the Bush 2000 campaign trail, Alexandra Pelosi shot hours of priceless footage inside the press corps plane that shuttled power-struck scribes from one meticulously orchestrated event to another. Besides offering alternately hilarious and chilling visions of Dubya, Pelosi’s film illuminates how the candidate manufactures the consent of up-and-coming political correspondents, and how they, in turn, manufacture ours.

Spanning from Bush’s announcement of his candidacy to the Supreme Court ruling that granted him victory, Journeys With George captures the Bush charm offensive in full effect. Even Pelosi — the daughter of House Whip Nancy Pelosi — is not immune, letting George name her film (though she resists his suggestion to spell Journeys with a G).

The other reporters may crack caustic jokes about Bush’s snowmobile-riding photo ops — in private — but when the candidate shifts to an even mildly serious discussion, their faces are stern and their tape recorders are rolling. And no wonder: Their future jobs in the White House press corps hinge on his success. As Bush informs the filmmaker, “If I lose, you’re out of work, baby. You’re off the plane, baby.”

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

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Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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