Thursday, 26 July 2007

FOX NOISE CHANNEL LIES Watch them

Barry Sinrod

O'Reilly's Website Calls for Killing Obama and Clinton

Posted Jul 26th 2007 8:48PM by Cenk Uygur
Filed under: Scandal, Media, TV, Young Turks, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Video, bill o'reilly

In this video you can see that O'Reilly clearly says that whatever is on your site represents you completely (longer version here). He smears Daily Kos by pretending that a few, random readers' comments represent the opinions of the people who run the blog. So, of course, we struck back.

We found plenty on O'Reilly's site that speaks very poorly of him. Watch the video below to see the heinous quotes that apparently O'Reilly agrees with -- hey, it's on his site!



Bill O'Reilly's website is now being investigated by the Secret Service. Nice work Falafel Man.

Now, take a look at how Fox News Channel has attacked all progressive blogs. It's Propaganda 101. Notice how they have their news anchors also involved -- by asking "questions." It's their favorite trick. This is yet another reason why they are not a real news network.



You can take action in stopping Fox's propaganda by getting involved here.

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THE POLLING DATA MEDIA DON'T TELL YOU ABOUT

Ken Berwitz

Days ago I posted the latest Zogby poll data, which show President Bush's positive job approval ratings jumping from 30% to 34%, while the Democratic congress is at its all-time historic low of 14%.

Since Zogby himself is an acknowledged Democrat, you can't blame this on partisan cooking of the numbers.  But, then again, even an honestly conducted poll could be way out of kilter once in a while, couldn't it?

Well, in answer to that issue, here are the latest data from another major polling firm, Rasmussen Research.  They show President Bush rising to 39% in positive job approval (up from 33% just two weeks ago).  And congress is at 16% positive job approval - with an astonishingly low 3% saying they are doing an "excellent" job and 13% saying they are doing a "good" job.  That is down from 26% positive ratings in May - a loss of about 40% in two months.

If you believe in political polls, what would you conclude from these data?  You would conclude that President Bush had dropped to very low approval ratings, but he is now on the upswing.  And, conversely, the  Democratic congress is dropping like a rock and is almost universally seen in negative terms.

Obviously, that is very, very good news for President Bush and very, very bad news for the Democratic congress.

So media have reported that Bush is on the rise while voters are exceedingly unhappy with the congress they just voted little more than a half year ago.  And there are features and panels discussing why this is happening, right?  They are debating whether Bush is resurgent, congress is a mega-failure or both, right?

No. Wrong.  They have not.  In fact, I doubt that you've seen even one such feature or panel in major media yet.

This, folks, is how media manipulate you.  They lie by omission.  They give you half the story (in this case Bush's low ratings) and not the other half (in this case congress's far lower ratings) so that you only see one side of it (Bush's ratings are low) and use that one side to make your conclusions (Bush is down the tubes, congress is just fine).

They are trying to make fools of you.  Don't you let them do it. 


MORE INVESTIGATION OVER LEGISLATION

Ken Berwitz

Does the Democratic congressional majority ever intend to LEGISLATE anything? 

Then again, why should they?  It's so much more fun to run endless investigations, hearings, issue countless subpoenas and in general try to conduct an inquisition that would have been the envy of Torquemada.

Of course, they do have one major advantage -- that of media acquiescence.  Mainstream media in this country are so completely in the pocket of Democrats that, until now, there has been virtually no reporting of their ludicrous, unending waste of time. 

However, as congressional approval ratings continue to plummet (at their all time low in polling history, folks), a couple of media have finally started to say something - if only because they fear this will cause Republicans to retake congress.  The NY Times, for example, wrote that Democrats are trying to get a few things done now so they won't be tarred with the perception of not producing meaningful legislation.

Gee, that's nice.  Do nothing for months, and then try to pass a flurry of "whatever" bills just to camouflage the gross inactivity.  Unbelievable.

Here, courtesy of CNN, is their latest foray into attack politics at the expense of needed legislation:.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A group of Senate Democrats called Thursday for a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales perjured himself during Capitol Hill testimony.

At a news conference, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said he and other Democrats want to look into "potential perjury" by Gonzales during a hearing Tuesday.

"His inability to answer simple and straightforward questions was just stunning," Schumer said. "Instead he tells the half-truth, the partial truth and everything but the truth."

Schumer said a letter to the solicitor general calls for the special counsel to come from outside the Justice Department. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Dianne Feinstein of California and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin also said they signed the letter. Video Watch Gonzales testimony key to the allegations

"I have never seen an attorney general so contemptuous of Congress and his role as chief law enforcement officer of the United States," said Feinstein.

Schumer said the group has support from Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

It's the latest salvo in a dispute regarding President Bush's domestic surveillance program and the Justice Department's firings of U.S. attorneys in 2006. Also Thursday, Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he planned to subpoena President Bush's top political aide, Karl Rove, and Jeffrey Scott Jennings, a special assistant to the president and deputy White House political director.

In response Thursday, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said, "Every day this Congress gets a little more out of control," accusing Democratic lawmakers of neglecting more important issues such as spending legislation.

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, a harsh Gonzales critic, did not offer his support for the Democratic letter calling for the special counsel. "Pursuing in that matter against the attorney general is a very weighty, very serious matter," said Specter. He pointed out as "highly significant" that Leahy had not signed the letter -- authored by Leahy's Democratic colleagues..

When does the Democratic majority start giving us congressional legislation instead of partisan mastur...ahhh, you get the idea, I don't have to say that.

This congress is pathetic.


GUEST COMMENTARY: BRIAN MALONEY ON AL FRANKEN

Ken Berwitz

Is Al Franken truly a Democratic candidate for the senate from Minnesota?  Or is he a Hollywood concoction who thinks he can flimflam Minnesotans? 

Here's how Brian Maloney of www.radioequalizer.blogspot.com sees it:

.

25 July 2007

Al Franken Campaign Contributors, Minnesota US Senate Race

MR OUTTA-STATE

Frankenspin Can't Mask Truth About Contributions

Does Al Franken believe Minnesota's voters are stupid?

What else explains his spinmeistering after news that the overwhelming majority of his campaign dollars are coming from outside the North Star State?

Why does this issue matter? Because Stuart's been working overtime to convince voters his US Senate effort has popular local support, despite a whopping 82% of his monetary contributions coming from other parts of the country.

By contrast, only 32% of DFL Party primary opponent
Mike Ciresi's dough came from out of state, while that was the case for 50% of incumbent Norm Coleman's re- election funds.

Previously, we mistakenly thought that only 25% of his contributions came from elsewhere, so it turns out your Radio Equalizer badly underestimated the severity of Franken's situation.

The bottom line is this: Franken's candidacy represents a blatant attempt by Hollywood elitists to install one of their own into the US Senate.

And Minnesota is being used for this purpose simply because Al thinks he can sucker the locals. Once it was clear his talk radio career was going nowhere, Stuart suddenly embraced a state he'd left behind long ago.


To Franken, however, this unpleasant detail merely represents another opportunity for spin and deceit, as correctly noted by the Minnesota GOP's spokesperson in
this Boston Examiner story:


In the Federal Election Commission reports, Coleman listed 470 donors from Minnesota compared to 366 for Franken. But because the FEC reports list only contributions of $200 or more, that isn't a complete picture.

Franken's campaign said that overall, more than 4,000 people gave to Franken from Minnesota; Coleman's campaign reported 3,500 donors from in state.

The Republican Party had complained about Franken raising money from "far-left friends outside our state."

"I wonder what the Republican Party's talking points will be now that they've found out that more Minnesotans supported Al Franken than Norm Coleman," said Franken spokeswoman Jess McIntosh.

"Al Franken may not like it, but the fact is that overwhelming majority of his donors come from outside Minnesota," said Mark Drake, a spokesman for the Minnesota Republican Party.
As the campaigns continue to heat up, the big question is whether Franken can successfully sucker not only his political party, but the entire state as well.

Watch for the suckerfish, that's when you'll know Stuart's tired political routine is headed your way.
.
 
To read this, you'd think Mr. Franken is dishonest, condescending, self-impressed and thinks the people of his home state (which he left long ago) are a bunch of easily fooled rubes.  
 
Yep, that's Mr. Franken all right.


ISRAEL REQUIRED TO HELP.....HAMAS???

Ken Berwitz

This comes under the heading "if you didn't read it you wouldn't believe it".  Take a look, and then let's talk:.

UN Mideast envoy warns of Gaza collapse

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press Writer Wed Jul 25, 11:26 PM ET

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Mideast envoy warned Wednesday of impending economic collapse in the Gaza Strip unless Israel reopens the Hamas-led territory's main commercial crossing to the outside world to ease international isolation.

Michael Williams said the closure of the Karni crossing in early June has prevented the export of agricultural and industrial goods to Israel, the West Bank and elsewhere, as well as the import of materials needed for manufacturing and construction. The restriction has brought the Gaza economy to a standstill.

The World Bank estimates that 75 percent of Gaza's factories have closed and more than 68,000 Palestinian workers have been laid off as a result, he said.

"Unless the crossings are open for imports and exports, the downward economic spiral will lead to extensive hardship for an already impoverished Gaza Strip," Williams told the U.N. Security Council in his regular monthly briefing on the Middle East.

Since Hamas took over Gaza in mid-June, Israel has only permitted shipments of food and basic supplies into Gaza through two smaller passages.

Israel, which shuns Hamas as a terrorist organization, says it cannot reopen Karni without forces it has ties with at the crossing to coordinate border traffic. Gaza militants also keep attacking Karni and other crossings, making it too dangerous for Israeli border officials to operate them.

Williams said Palestinian militants fired 192 rockets and mortar shells at Gaza's crossings and into Israel in the last month. He said Hamas' military wing was responsible for most of the attacks on the crossings, while Islamic Jihad fired most of the rockets and mortars into Israel.

"Israel is fully cooperating with the relative U.N. agencies to ensure the constant flow of foodstuff and medicine into Gaza to ensure there are no humanitarian shortages, and the international community confirms that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza," Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said in Jerusalem.

"Israel will be ready to reopen the crossings when the Palestinians get their house together regarding security at the crossings," he added.

Williams also said 6,000 Palestinians are trapped in Egypt, unable to return to Gaza because of the closure of the Rafah border terminal since June 9.

"It is particularly worrying that very little progress has been made to resolve the question" of these Palestinians, he said.

Israel has proposed rerouting the stranded Palestinians through the Kerem Shalom crossing, near the meeting point of Gaza, Egypt and Israel. Egypt has supported the idea, but Hamas has rejected it, saying travelers must be allowed to return through Rafah, which is not controlled by Israel.

In his report, Williams praised the quick response of the international community to provide financial aid and political support to the Fatah-led government set up in the West Bank by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his pro-Western prime minister, Salam Fayyad.

He said Gaza and the West Bank cannot remain separated in the long term, but added "there are no immediate prospects for reconciliation" between the two sides.

Hamas trounced Fatah in 2006 legislative elections, setting off more than a year of factional strife that culminated with Hamas' violent takeover of the Gaza Strip last month. Abbas responded by forming an emergency government based in the West Bank. .

Where do you even begin here?

Hamas is a terrorist organization that specifically, in so many words, is committed to the violent end of Israel (read that as killing the Jews there).  But it is ISRAEL'S responsibility to keep them afloat.  For what?  So that they have a chance to make good on their commitment?

They fire rockets and mortars at Israeli targets - 6-7 a DAY - and Israel is supposed to REWARD them for it? 

And hamas is dictating which crossings are acceptable?  If these people cannot cross into Gaza, it is hamas preventing them.

Then we have the little toss-off at the end, that hamas won an electoral majority in Gaza (which means the population there, in aggregate, are not victims, they support hamas terrorists).  But Israel is supposed to prop them up, or they're the bad guys.

Any other country with a superior military would have vanquished Gaza long ago.  Plain and simple.  Incredibly, therefore, it is Israel's humanity towards an enemy committed to their destruction that keeps Gaza intact.  And what you read above is the thanks they get for it.

This is lunacy on steroids. 


THE POLLING DATA MEDIA DON'T TELL YOU ABOUT

Ken Berwitz

Days ago I posted the latest Zogby poll data, which show President Bush's positive job approval ratings jumping from 30% to 34%, while the Democratic congress is at its all-time historic low of 14%.

Since Zogby himself is an acknowledged Democrat, you can't blame this on partisan cooking of the numbers.  But, then again, even an honestly conducted poll could be way out of kilter once in a while, couldn't it?

Well, in answer to that issue, here are the latest data from another major polling firm, Rasmussen Research.  They show President Bush rising to 39% in positive job approval (up from 33% just two weeks ago).  And congress is at 16% positive job approval - with an astonishingly low 3% saying they are doing an "excellent" job and 13% saying they are doing a "good" job.  That is down from 26% positive ratings in May - a loss of about 40% in two months.

If you believe in political polls, what would you conclude from these data?  You would conclude that President Bush had dropped to very low approval ratings, but he is now on the upswing.  And, conversely, the  Democratic congress is dropping like a rock and is almost universally seen in negative terms.

Obviously, that is very, very good news for President Bush and very, very bad news for the Democratic congress.

So media have reported that Bush is on the rise while voters are exceedingly unhappy with the congress they just voted little more than a half year ago.  And there are features and panels discussing why this is happening, right?  They are debating whether Bush is resurgent, congress is a mega-failure or both, right?

No. Wrong.  They have not.  In fact, I doubt that you've seen even one such feature or panel in major media yet.

This, folks, is how media manipulate you.  They lie by omission.  They give you half the story (in this case Bush's low ratings) and not the other half (in this case congress's far lower ratings) so that you only see one side of it (Bush's ratings are low) and use that one side to make your conclusions (Bush is down the tubes, congress is just fine).

They are trying to make fools of you.  Don't you let them do it. 


ISRAEL REQUIRED TO HELP.....HAMAS???

Ken Berwitz

This comes under the heading "if you didn't read it you wouldn't believe it".  Take a look, and then let's talk:.

UN Mideast envoy warns of Gaza collapse

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press Writer Wed Jul 25, 11:26 PM ET

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Mideast envoy warned Wednesday of impending economic collapse in the Gaza Strip unless Israel reopens the Hamas-led territory's main commercial crossing to the outside world to ease international isolation.

Michael Williams said the closure of the Karni crossing in early June has prevented the export of agricultural and industrial goods to Israel, the West Bank and elsewhere, as well as the import of materials needed for manufacturing and construction. The restriction has brought the Gaza economy to a standstill.

The World Bank estimates that 75 percent of Gaza's factories have closed and more than 68,000 Palestinian workers have been laid off as a result, he said.

"Unless the crossings are open for imports and exports, the downward economic spiral will lead to extensive hardship for an already impoverished Gaza Strip," Williams told the U.N. Security Council in his regular monthly briefing on the Middle East.

Since Hamas took over Gaza in mid-June, Israel has only permitted shipments of food and basic supplies into Gaza through two smaller passages.

Israel, which shuns Hamas as a terrorist organization, says it cannot reopen Karni without forces it has ties with at the crossing to coordinate border traffic. Gaza militants also keep attacking Karni and other crossings, making it too dangerous for Israeli border officials to operate them.

Williams said Palestinian militants fired 192 rockets and mortar shells at Gaza's crossings and into Israel in the last month. He said Hamas' military wing was responsible for most of the attacks on the crossings, while Islamic Jihad fired most of the rockets and mortars into Israel.

"Israel is fully cooperating with the relative U.N. agencies to ensure the constant flow of foodstuff and medicine into Gaza to ensure there are no humanitarian shortages, and the international community confirms that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza," Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said in Jerusalem.

"Israel will be ready to reopen the crossings when the Palestinians get their house together regarding security at the crossings," he added.

Williams also said 6,000 Palestinians are trapped in Egypt, unable to return to Gaza because of the closure of the Rafah border terminal since June 9.

"It is particularly worrying that very little progress has been made to resolve the question" of these Palestinians, he said.

Israel has proposed rerouting the stranded Palestinians through the Kerem Shalom crossing, near the meeting point of Gaza, Egypt and Israel. Egypt has supported the idea, but Hamas has rejected it, saying travelers must be allowed to return through Rafah, which is not controlled by Israel.

In his report, Williams praised the quick response of the international community to provide financial aid and political support to the Fatah-led government set up in the West Bank by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his pro-Western prime minister, Salam Fayyad.

He said Gaza and the West Bank cannot remain separated in the long term, but added "there are no immediate prospects for reconciliation" between the two sides.

Hamas trounced Fatah in 2006 legislative elections, setting off more than a year of factional strife that culminated with Hamas' violent takeover of the Gaza Strip last month. Abbas responded by forming an emergency government based in the West Bank. .

Where do you even begin here?

Hamas is a terrorist organization that specifically, in so many words, is committed to the violent end of Israel (read that as killing the Jews there).  But it is ISRAEL'S responsibility to keep them afloat.  For what?  So that they have a chance to make good on their commitment?

They fire rockets and mortars at Israeli targets - 6-7 a DAY - and Israel is supposed to REWARD them for it? 

And hamas is dictating which crossings are acceptable?  If these people cannot cross into Gaza, it is hamas preventing them.

Then we have the little toss-off at the end, that hamas won an electoral majority in Gaza (which means the population there, in aggregate, are not victims, they support hamas terrorists).  But Israel is supposed to prop them up, or they're the bad guys.

Any other country with a superior military would have vanquished Gaza long ago.  Plain and simple.  Incredibly, therefore, it is Israel's humanity towards an enemy committed to their destruction that keeps Gaza intact.  And what you read above is the thanks they get for it.

This is lunacy on steroids. 


FOX NOISE CHANNEL LIES Watch them

Barry Sinrod

O'Reilly's Website Calls for Killing Obama and Clinton

Posted Jul 26th 2007 8:48PM by Cenk Uygur
Filed under: Scandal, Media, TV, Young Turks, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Video, bill o'reilly

In this video you can see that O'Reilly clearly says that whatever is on your site represents you completely (longer version here). He smears Daily Kos by pretending that a few, random readers' comments represent the opinions of the people who run the blog. So, of course, we struck back.

We found plenty on O'Reilly's site that speaks very poorly of him. Watch the video below to see the heinous quotes that apparently O'Reilly agrees with -- hey, it's on his site!



Bill O'Reilly's website is now being investigated by the Secret Service. Nice work Falafel Man.

Now, take a look at how Fox News Channel has attacked all progressive blogs. It's Propaganda 101. Notice how they have their news anchors also involved -- by asking "questions." It's their favorite trick. This is yet another reason why they are not a real news network.



You can take action in stopping Fox's propaganda by getting involved here.

Watch More Young Turks Here




Get a sneak peek of the all-new AOL.com.


GUEST COMMENTARY: BRIAN MALONEY ON AL FRANKEN

Ken Berwitz

Is Al Franken truly a Democratic candidate for the senate from Minnesota?  Or is he a Hollywood concoction who thinks he can flimflam Minnesotans? 

Here's how Brian Maloney of www.radioequalizer.blogspot.com sees it:

.

25 July 2007

Al Franken Campaign Contributors, Minnesota US Senate Race

MR OUTTA-STATE

Frankenspin Can't Mask Truth About Contributions

Does Al Franken believe Minnesota's voters are stupid?

What else explains his spinmeistering after news that the overwhelming majority of his campaign dollars are coming from outside the North Star State?

Why does this issue matter? Because Stuart's been working overtime to convince voters his US Senate effort has popular local support, despite a whopping 82% of his monetary contributions coming from other parts of the country.

By contrast, only 32% of DFL Party primary opponent
Mike Ciresi's dough came from out of state, while that was the case for 50% of incumbent Norm Coleman's re- election funds.

Previously, we mistakenly thought that only 25% of his contributions came from elsewhere, so it turns out your Radio Equalizer badly underestimated the severity of Franken's situation.

The bottom line is this: Franken's candidacy represents a blatant attempt by Hollywood elitists to install one of their own into the US Senate.

And Minnesota is being used for this purpose simply because Al thinks he can sucker the locals. Once it was clear his talk radio career was going nowhere, Stuart suddenly embraced a state he'd left behind long ago.


To Franken, however, this unpleasant detail merely represents another opportunity for spin and deceit, as correctly noted by the Minnesota GOP's spokesperson in
this Boston Examiner story:


In the Federal Election Commission reports, Coleman listed 470 donors from Minnesota compared to 366 for Franken. But because the FEC reports list only contributions of $200 or more, that isn't a complete picture.

Franken's campaign said that overall, more than 4,000 people gave to Franken from Minnesota; Coleman's campaign reported 3,500 donors from in state.

The Republican Party had complained about Franken raising money from "far-left friends outside our state."

"I wonder what the Republican Party's talking points will be now that they've found out that more Minnesotans supported Al Franken than Norm Coleman," said Franken spokeswoman Jess McIntosh.

"Al Franken may not like it, but the fact is that overwhelming majority of his donors come from outside Minnesota," said Mark Drake, a spokesman for the Minnesota Republican Party.
As the campaigns continue to heat up, the big question is whether Franken can successfully sucker not only his political party, but the entire state as well.

Watch for the suckerfish, that's when you'll know Stuart's tired political routine is headed your way.
.
 
To read this, you'd think Mr. Franken is dishonest, condescending, self-impressed and thinks the people of his home state (which he left long ago) are a bunch of easily fooled rubes.  
 
Yep, that's Mr. Franken all right.


MORE INVESTIGATION OVER LEGISLATION

Ken Berwitz

Does the Democratic congressional majority ever intend to LEGISLATE anything? 

Then again, why should they?  It's so much more fun to run endless investigations, hearings, issue countless subpoenas and in general try to conduct an inquisition that would have been the envy of Torquemada.

Of course, they do have one major advantage -- that of media acquiescence.  Mainstream media in this country are so completely in the pocket of Democrats that, until now, there has been virtually no reporting of their ludicrous, unending waste of time. 

However, as congressional approval ratings continue to plummet (at their all time low in polling history, folks), a couple of media have finally started to say something - if only because they fear this will cause Republicans to retake congress.  The NY Times, for example, wrote that Democrats are trying to get a few things done now so they won't be tarred with the perception of not producing meaningful legislation.

Gee, that's nice.  Do nothing for months, and then try to pass a flurry of "whatever" bills just to camouflage the gross inactivity.  Unbelievable.

Here, courtesy of CNN, is their latest foray into attack politics at the expense of needed legislation:.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A group of Senate Democrats called Thursday for a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales perjured himself during Capitol Hill testimony.

At a news conference, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said he and other Democrats want to look into "potential perjury" by Gonzales during a hearing Tuesday.

"His inability to answer simple and straightforward questions was just stunning," Schumer said. "Instead he tells the half-truth, the partial truth and everything but the truth."

Schumer said a letter to the solicitor general calls for the special counsel to come from outside the Justice Department. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Dianne Feinstein of California and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin also said they signed the letter. Video Watch Gonzales testimony key to the allegations

"I have never seen an attorney general so contemptuous of Congress and his role as chief law enforcement officer of the United States," said Feinstein.

Schumer said the group has support from Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

It's the latest salvo in a dispute regarding President Bush's domestic surveillance program and the Justice Department's firings of U.S. attorneys in 2006. Also Thursday, Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he planned to subpoena President Bush's top political aide, Karl Rove, and Jeffrey Scott Jennings, a special assistant to the president and deputy White House political director.

In response Thursday, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said, "Every day this Congress gets a little more out of control," accusing Democratic lawmakers of neglecting more important issues such as spending legislation.

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, a harsh Gonzales critic, did not offer his support for the Democratic letter calling for the special counsel. "Pursuing in that matter against the attorney general is a very weighty, very serious matter," said Specter. He pointed out as "highly significant" that Leahy had not signed the letter -- authored by Leahy's Democratic colleagues..

When does the Democratic majority start giving us congressional legislation instead of partisan mastur...ahhh, you get the idea, I don't have to say that.

This congress is pathetic.


ANTI-WAR HOLLYWOOD

Ken Berwitz

The Drudge Report has a headline this morning that reads "Hollywood Set To Unleash Anti-War Films"  It links to an article in today's New York Times (where else?) that happily informs its already-propagandized readers about the wonderful spate of such movies that will be released in the coming months. 

Ok, you might say, what do you expect?  So many people are against the war in Iraq that Hollywood is just speaking to its audience.  It isn't that they're anti-war, they're pro-money.

Oh yeah?  Then tell me this:  For the first two years of this war, when public sentiment was vastly supportive, how many PRO-war films did Hollywood put out?  Name a couple.

See what I mean?

Here are excerpts from the NY Times article:.

July 26, 2007

While Real Bullets Fly, Movies Bring War Home

LOS ANGELES, July 25 On a night four years ago, five soldiers back from three months in Iraq went drinking at a Hooters restaurant and a topless bar near Fort Benning, Ga.

Before the night was over, one of them, Specialist Richard R. Davis, was dead of at least 33 stab wounds, his body doused with lighter fluid and burned. Two of the group would eventually be convicted of the murder, another pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and the last confessed to concealing the crime.

Now some in Hollywood want moviegoers to decide if the killing is emblematic of a war gone bad, part of a new and perhaps risky willingness in the entertainment business to push even the touchiest debates about post-9/11 security, Iraq and the troops status from the confines of documentaries into the realm of mainstream political drama.

On Sept. 14, Warner Independent Pictures expects to release In the Valley of Elah, a drama inspired by the Davis murder, written and directed by Paul Haggis, whose Crash won the Academy Award for best picture in 2006. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones as a retired veteran who defies Army bureaucrats and local officials in a search for his sons killers. In one of the movies defining images, the American flag is flown upside down in the heartland, the signal of extreme distress.

Other coming films also use the damaged Iraq veteran to raise questions about a continuing war. In Grace Is Gone, directed by James C. Strouse and due in October from the Weinstein Company, John Cusack and two daughters struggle with the loss of a wife and mother who is killed on duty. Kimberly Peirces Stop-Loss, set for release in March by Paramount, meanwhile, casts Ryan Phillippe as a veteran who defies an order that would send him back to Iraq.

In the past, Hollywood usually gave the veteran more breathing space. William Wylers Best Years of Our Lives, about the travails of those returning from World War II, was released more than a year after the wars end. Similarly Hal Ashbys Coming Home and Oliver Stones Born on the Fourth of July, both stories of Vietnam veterans, came well after the fall of Saigon.

That impetus for immediacy is driving other filmmakers and studios as well. In October, for example, New Line Cinema will release Rendition, in which Reese Witherspoon plays a woman whose Egyptian-born husband is snared by a runaway counterterrorism apparatus. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Ultimatum, in which the bad guys belong to a similar rogue unit, is adapting Rajiv Chandrasekarans book about the Green Zone in Baghdad, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, for Universal Pictures.

Brian De Palmas Redacted, focusing on an Army squad that persecutes an Iraqi family, is to be released in December by Magnolia Pictures. And Sony Pictures is developing a film based on the story of Richard A. Clarke, the former national security official and Bush administration critic. .

Does Hollywood have a right to make and release anti-war movies?  Does the New York Times have a right to triumphantly crow about these movies?   Sure they do.  This has nothing to do with freedom.

What it does have something to with is that Hollywood ONLY puts out these kinds of movies.  They have a right to make and release movies that give the other side of the story no more or less than this one.  But they don't now and they didn't when the war was at its peak levels of support.

Can we admit the obvious?  It is de rigueur in Hollywood to be anti-war and anti President Bush.  Hollywood does not present the other side, even when - based on public sentiment - there is a huge market for it.  Not if it celebrates or at least gives a basis for supporting military actions on our behalf or the Bush administration that they emanated from.  And the New York Times loves them for it.

Whose side are they on, anyway?


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