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MSNBC documentary on the 'New Right' profiles birthers, militias, Alex Jones

I don't think any MSNBC documentary on conservatism would appeal to the subjects -- Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow are among the names most booed at tea parties -- but the network's preview of Hardball's "Rise of the New Right" promises to really get on their nerves.

The documentary features interviews across the spectrum of the New Right – from Dick Armey, the former House Majority Leader and a powerful figure in the Tea Party Movement, to Orly Taitz, unofficial leader of the Birthers, to influential Internet radio host Alex Jones. The documentary also gained access to the Michigan Militia’s survival training camp and hit the campaign trail with Rand Paul months before he showed up on the national radar.

Not quite the approach of, say, "Tea Party: The Documentary Film," which focuses on five agreeable tea party activists and cuts out the crazies. Taitz in particular, and birthers in general, are more popular among tea partyers than leaders such as Armey might want to acknowledge, although birtherism is a sideshow more than a driving force. Jones, who has a conspiracy-minded radio show and Web site (InfoWars), is more influential than conservatives are really comfortable with. His show is full of talk of government agents breaking down doors, a plot to unify the United States with Mexico and Canada, and the designs of the Bilderberg Group.

Here's the promo, which quotes Jones as saying, "We're in deep tyranny. Deep! Deep!"

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By David Weigel  |  June 7, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
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