Knappenberger does not break any new grounds, but his doc is a good reminder that a) America is a plutocracy masquerading as a democracy; b) the Justice system is inherently broken; c) Silicon Valley is run by Randyan abominations like PT; d) The media have little influence on public opinion; e) The amount of damage that Trump and his minions are inflicting to the US - and the world - is unparalleled and unmatched.
The scope is too large for there to be much nuance on the subject in a 90 minute film. The overly-dramatic editing undercuts the film as well, at times making it seem like a TV news magazine story. The doc raises good questions and points, but comes to the obvious conclusion that journalism is a vital part of democracy.
An initially fascinating film that loses itself in an increase of scale. The initial story was interesting enough - any story where Hogan is the most sympathetic party must be - so that the subsequent skits seem distracting. A vital story that will hopefully find another storyteller, perhaps post-John Oliver's bankruptcy.
Freedom of the press (Gawker) versus privacy rights (Hulk Hogan) - co-existing rights (between institutions and individuals), the agenda of billionaires (ulterior motives of Peter Thiel), gossip and the public interest (where is the line with platforms of speech?), authoritarianism (the curtailing of freedom of the press by Trump, Thiel and the alt-right). No easy answers here - politics is carnage right now.