Exposing Steve Bannon

2017, Politics  -   40 Comments
Ratings: 6.29/10 from 161 users.

From the always provocative documentary series Empire Files comes Exposing Steve Bannon, a searing portrait of the central figure behind the curtain of the Trump presidency.

From its earliest moments, the film minces no words in its criticism of Bannon's motivations and personal character. Driven by what the filmmakers claim was a "youthful lust for war", Bannon served in the United States Navy from 1976 to 1983. During this period of time, he developed a political world view defined by a need for military supremacy.

His professional career has been colorful to say the least. After working as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs for six years, he undertook a brief stint as a producer of far right propaganda films. Later, he joined Internet Gaming Entertainment (IGE). At one time a lucrative enterprise, known for its wildly successful World of Warcraft Marketplace, the company went belly up after three of its most prominent investors were arrested on charges related to child molestation.

Longing for a position of power and influence, he befriended influential alt-right journalist Andrew Breitbart, and ascended to the position of Executive Chairman of the Breitbart News website following the founder's death in 2012. Critiques of the site - particularly those that focus in on its hateful rhetoric and incendiary race baiting tactics - mirror those that have long plagued Bannon himself.

As disturbing as these career highlights appear to be, Bannon was relegated largely to the fringes before he hitched his wagon to the Donald Trump train. After curating a successful campaign strategy for his chosen candidate, he was appointed as the president's Chief Strategist when the new administration took office in January of 2017. The filmmakers hypothesize about what this might mean for the future of the U.S. and their relationship to the rest of the world. Needless to say, the diagnosis presented in the film isn't pretty.

As recounted in the film, Bannon's personal life is equally unappealing, allegedly marred by episodes of spousal abuse, child neglect and workplace harassment.

Exposing Steve Bannon provides an informative, but hugely unflattering portrait of a crucial figure in modern politics. Many may feel compelled to praise the film for its brutal honesty while others may dismiss it as unnecessarily cynical and smarmy.

Directed by: Abby Martin

40 Comments / User Reviews

  1. LpointMpoint

    Let me save you 26 minutes of your life. Leftist - "Waaaaaah!"

    You're welcome.

  2. john
  3. john

    ''A united multicultural progressive movement''?( last sentence)
    Do you really think seriously that multiculturalism can unite?Unite against what exactly? No-they are divided not only among themselves but against the very host country culture they live in.There is no way forward in this argument.The only thing for sure is that both sides are moving further away from each other.We have segregation not integration,mostly, not always, but the longer we don't deal with these issues the worse it's going to get.Amen.

  4. Ed
  5. Ed

    A leftist propagandist berates a right propagandist for extremist propaganda...in the form of extremist propaganda. As a popular comedian likes to say "I don't care who ya are...that's funny right there."

  6. Tracy
  7. Tracy

    IF you're going to make a one-sided propaganda film, at LEAST make an effort to make it convincing. Make it persuasive. This seems more like it came from a jilted ex-girlfriend's 'burn book' where she gripes & tries to convince her friends that her ex is the worst guy ever. From the narrator's snarky, adolescent tone, to the hyperbole. It is laughable, rather than informative. TDF would do well to STOP adding films that are NOT documentaries. I was hoping to watch an impartial doc, to learn a thing or two about this complex, enigmatic figure.

  8. Alan
  9. Alan

    The lady doth protest too much. This is such left drivel that you might be advised to go "Next".

    No one is as bad as she has conjured up. I think she is describing herself.

  10. Rebekah BenVerlyn
  11. Rebekah BenVerlyn

    Background sounds (music?) is so loud and dissonant that the speaker is completely lost. I couldn't even finish what I had looked forward to watching.

  12. Rebekah BenVerlyn
  13. Rebekah BenVerlyn

    The background sound (music??) is so overpowering that I could not even hear the speaker.

  14. Mals
  15. Mals

    I have been viewing Breitbart.com for years and I have NEVER read anything hateful.

  16. Hugo
  17. Hugo

    Simplistic propaganda. A cheap shot is never missed. He spent his 10 years in the navy as a "pampered" officer. He abused a female employee calling her a "bimbo." He established his website for disaffected - she spits out the word with scorn, "men". The presenter presents the Shah's Iran as a hell on Earth while implying that Islamic State Iran is some kind of paradise. Then she begins the attack on his personal life. She deserves to be sued for libel. Worst kind of hagiography. Shameful.....and I don't even like the guy.

  18. pat
  19. pat

    looks like the puppetmasters are going to need to up their game on propaganda. They underestimate the people.

  20. crablegs
  21. crablegs

    Obviously this woman is misinformed and has a feeble mind. She just wants to be popular with organized sheeple. Trump and the true patriots of this nation are working hard to fix the Obama-Clinton sickness, in spite of these bed bugs that plague our media.

  22. Shane
  23. Shane

    What rubbish. Any supposed documentary beginning with "Exposing ..." is not worth wasting time on.

  24. Val
  25. Val

    Hey Abbey,

    Do you actually believe your own Documentary? Talk about a FlipFlop...
    Are you part of the Clinton Cartel now ? What was your incentive to do this Documentary?
    You were more believable on RT news. How can you change your truth seeking quest with a piece like this here? I refuse to believe you actually believe this even if you truly were responsible for the content.

    Where is the Hillary Documentary and where we would be now had she gained the WH. I still cannot believe you did this piece.

  26. Katherine Tino
  27. Katherine Tino

    I'm a liberal but this is a bad doc to mention the failed Iran mission and not talk about the hostages that makes no sense.

  28. Kai
  29. Kai

    I see the Trolls are out here in droves!!! While the "Empire Files" definitely has a left slant...I can assure you...it's no more so than right leaning MSM. Brietbart is extreme right-wing, and yes, my mother reads Breitbart and have seen a lot of racist innuendo on that site. It's actually pretty accurate in it's description of the ideology these sites espouse. Don't believe me? Go to the forum section on any of those sites.

  30. cdnski12
  31. cdnski12

    Bannon needs to start off with a small war ... that the USA can actually win. ... like another Grenada ... maybe Cuba or Venezuela?

  32. Reusch
  33. Reusch

    An irrational leftist emotional rant. Tried to watch it all the way for fare assessment but gave up midway through because of demonstrated utter lack of objectivity.

  34. John M.F. Dread
  35. John M.F. Dread

    Odds are at least 60% of the commenters here are the same person.

  36. Bret
  37. Bret

    Everything said on this documentary was spot on

  38. Bob
  39. Bob

    Progressives seem to forget, true conservatives like myself are also opposed to Trump/Bannon. Make this into a progressives only resistance and it will unit the right against the left and fail. Unit the Conservatives and Progressives against the forces of hate.

  40. Joe
  41. Joe

    Bit extreme on the left. Distorted facts and missing facts to persuade the audience to view Bannon as a twisted psychopath. Yeah, I was no fan of Bannon beating the wife and other truly bad things he's done. What about the good things? Nothing, nothing good mentioned of him in this video. "Exposing," nah, that's way to neutral of a word for this video. Bashing would be closer to what this video does. A bit delusional about the progressive ideology it seems. Organic the progressive movement is not. Fair this video is not.

  42. PAUL Wheeler
  43. PAUL Wheeler

    Total dribble from leftist elitest. Bannon is an average American with love for his country. It's become very typical of BuzzFeed and other hypocrites to spew this garbage.

  44. Ryan
  45. Ryan

    The leftist view is horrible. Dont waste your time.

  46. Ken Hart
  47. Ken Hart

    This documentary should be index of cultural marxist´s "propaganda" Actually more like demonizing propaganda of a person. As a European, who like to know more about Bannon, but this documentary is absurd and most have made of by some really sick individuals.

  48. michael
  49. michael

    ... disgusting and shameful liberal biased fake propaganda trash. This type of FAKE documentary is exactly whats wrong with American Main Stream entertainment media !

  50. michael
  51. michael

    Abby, seriously , a "pampered' seaman on a submarine ... wow. you're an unpatriotic piece of crap ... and you even used the term "white privilege" .... here's my recommendation... if you hate white American's ... just leave the USA ????

  52. Satasha
  53. Satasha

    To sum it all up, Bannon is an opportunist that pines to have the US return to the 1950's when he was a small child.

    It seems Trump has begun to realize that as he appears to be marginalizing Steve Bannon in his administration.


    outright propaganda from documercenaries par excellance

  56. therealBarron
  57. therealBarron

    Bwahahaha, what joy just to see all the butt hurt little snowflakes comment on how terrible a documentary can be on a terrible man.

  58. Bobby
  59. Bobby

    Bannon is a right wing nut who has made his dream come true but holding the leavers of power. However, this is not a documentary, it's a hit piece. 0/10. The funny thing is you do not even need to exaggerate or spin anything, bannon is what he is, just show that! Lose your monologue and interview actual people.

  60. Felipe
  61. Felipe

    I was interested to watch this piece, as I don't know all too much about Steve Bannon. I was disappointed that the narration was so hate-filled - e.g. the phrase "White people" or "White men" was always delivered with venomous emphasis and scorn. There are no solid philosophical arguments here, and there is no detailed critique of political theory - just a scowling narrator with a very hateful tone. Totally non-objective. One minute she is likening Bannon to Adolf Hitler, and then the next criticizing his appeal toward JUDEO-xian values, all while heavily downplaying the threat of islamic extremism. Really? This is very poor journalism.

  62. Tom boner
  63. Tom boner

    Aparently every comment must bbe approved? Whats up with that? Years ago, your comments section was better in every way.... people could respond to eachother, it would HAVE a date stamp on comments... many things actually inspired debate. What happen? I use to consider this one of the best sites on the internet, now not so much

  64. Hilary
  65. Hilary

    Left wing propaganda bullshit for weak minded Democratic idiot s

  66. normroussy
  67. normroussy

    Read , The Web of Debt , and , The Public Bank Solution , by Ellen Hodgson Brown.

  68. Michelle
  69. Michelle

    All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good man to do nothing.
    Edmund Burke
    Open up your eyes, the narrator is just giving information about an evil racist. Goodmen and women come in every color and race.

  70. Sport
  71. Sport

    Very little of any value here. Bannon was obviously not what the makers of this film hallucinated.

  72. Joshua
  73. Joshua

    I should've just listened to the very first comment and saved myself the agony of this monumental waste of time.

  74. P4OUR
  75. P4OUR

    Steve Bannon is not complex or enigmatic. He is so straight forward about who he is and what he's about. As the President would say, "He is so not very good, he's not a good guy."

  76. P4OUR
  77. P4OUR

    Good job, Abby! Let me ask you this. Now, did you make this knowing that you were going to put in an ambiguous title, the way you did? I ask because all of these idiots seem to have thought it was going to be about a good Steve Bannon! You sneaky beautiful woman, you!

  78. Johnson
  79. Johnson

    Andrew Breitbart was not "alt-right". "Alt-right" is a slander term of the left which they use to defame everyone who opposes their ideas.

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