6 Revelations From ‘The Swamp’ Documentary That Show Just How Dirty DC Is

This looks like a series I need to watch about the “swamp” — here is Jayme Metzgar writing at The Federalist:

Four million people have watched the first three episodes of this documentary series on Facebook. It confirms flyover Americans’ suspicions about Congress making itself comfortable while ignoring the country’s needs.

Every grassroots political activist knows something is deeply wrong in Washington, D.C. No matter how hard we work to send good people to Congress, the majority of them go native upon arrival, forgetting their campaign rhetoric and falling in line with the political establishment. The few who retain their principles often seem sidelined and ineffective. Meanwhile, the legislative process is an unfunny joke: the Republican Congress can’t manage to keep its promises and repeal Obamacare, but it can pass a 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill without reading it.

What’s less clear is why the system is so broken, and what happens to turn our hometown congressmen into swamp critters. What is going on in those smoke-filled rooms? When brand-new representatives and senators arrive in D.C., what do they find?

A new documentary series, “The Swamp,” seeks to answer those questions, pulling back the curtain on the inner workings of Capitol Hill. Created by 28-year-old filmmaker Matt Whitworth, “The Swamp” has been releasing episodes to Facebook since April 4, with three 10-minute episodes released to date.

For a documentary featuring members of Congress, “The Swamp” is striking in how unfiltered it feels. Whitworth was granted unprecedented access to film and interview several House members as they work, meet with staff, and visit with constituents back home. Shockingly, the congressmen signed a film participation release relinquishing all editorial and creative control of the project.

“People in the House Freedom Caucus told these guys they were crazy to do this,” Whitworth told me in an interview. “I let them know up front: this isn’t going to be partisan. It’s not going to be either a hit piece or a puff piece. It’s not going to be a platform for your campaign message. We really want to show people what happens behind the scenes in Congress.”

Read more: The Federalist

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