In the late '80s, Morton Downey Jr. came up with the aggressively patriotic, bully-boy formula that Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck and others continue to use today. Downey (who died of lung cancer in 2001) was more fame-seeker than ass-kicker, looking to get celebrity status by any means necessary. The film is as entertainingly bombastic and grandiose as Downey was, often including animated sequences re-creating Downey's most surreal, personal moments. While Downey's act was kind of transparent even then, he made a killing pretending to care about the common man and thus was the perfect by-product of the Reagan era.
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The multi-moled rabble-rouser came up with the mad dog formula that Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck and the entire Fox News Network continue to whip up to a frothy foam. »