Since I'm bored, I decided to see what our old pal, Bill O'Reilly, was up to. As one of the most respected journalists in America today, I was sure that he was probably talking about the crisis in Pakistan or the economic consequences of the sub-prime mortgage debacle. To my surprise, he was focusing on something much more important - liberal Hollywood's assault on America and the troops. I, for one, was grateful. You can find his original "Talking Points" HERE. My comments are in bold:
Some Americans believe that pop culture has no impact on the state of the nation. They think that reporting on the media is frivolous —a complete waste of time. They are dead wrong. Just look at how the hip-hop industry has damaged so many young Americans, giving them insidious role models to glorify crime and self- destructive behavior.
If anyone knows about the hip-hop industry and culture, it's Mr. O'Reilly. Hell, he's even eaten dinner at a restaurant in, get this, Harlem! Talk about balls! And he's right. Pop culture has a HUGE impact on the state of our nation. We all know President Bush doesn't do a damn thing without first consulting his super-secret sub-cabinet made up of Paris Hilton, P. Diddy, and the cast of MTV's "The Hills".
Some very large American corporations are responsible for that corrosive entertainment, which impacts unattended children more than anyone else.
Again, dead on. I think the right approach would be to offer these giant corporations incentives in the form of tax breaks in order to coax them away from their far-left tendencies. God knows these people have a tough enough time trying to get by as it is.
And then there is the film industry, which is now actually putting American service people at risk. A vile movie called "Redacted" shows U.S. soldiers committing murder and rape in Iraq. Directed by Brian de Palma, the film is being distributed by billionaire Mark Cuban, the Dallas Internet guy.
The last thing we need, in a time of war, is people thinking they have the right to freely express themselves. Few people understand that Hollywood, not the President or Congress, has the sole power in this country to put troops in harm's way. I blame the liberal media for failing to educate people on this very important point.
It is Cuban who is the primary villain here. Most American movie theaters won't show the film, knowing it will inflame passions against our military in a time of war. But Cuban doesn't care. He financed the movie and will show it in theaters he owns. If even one American is killed because of this film, that is on Mark Cuban.
It is just a matter of time before Iraqis start venturing out to the Mark Cuban-owned theaters over there and see this pinko crap. Then they're REALLY gonna be mad at us!
And then there's Robert Redford and Tom Cruise. Their film "Lions for Lambs" opens on Friday. Some of the reviews are calling it "preachy and boring.'" We'll have a report coming up.
The consensus is that "Lions for Lambs "simply raises questions. What Redford's long history of far left activism is troubling. His Sundance cable channel routinely props up radical left stuff.
Far left activism, radical left activism, and radical far left activism should all be outlawed, especially if it is "preachy and boring".
Now, on a recent junket, Redford told the foreign press that we Americans have lost sacred freedoms. Redford is entitled to his opinion, however, foolish it may be.
America is no place for people with foolish opinions.
But he might think about what movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn wrote in 1961 during the cold war. "We should never lose sight of the fact that, no matter how entertaining a picture may be or how much money it may make, it can do our country a great deal of harm if it plays into the hands of our enemies. We have a great responsibility in this regard." Indeed.
As we all know, terrorists LOVE movies. Nothing angers terrorists more that fictionalized scenes of their fellow Muslims being tortured, not even real-life scenes of of their fellow Muslims being tortured.
Finally, I went to see a movie called "American Gangster" over the weekend because of charges it glorified a drug dealer, played by Denzel Washington. — Selling narcotics is the worst crime after murder, child abuse, and rape. It destroys people, it leads to millions of other crimes. Drug dealers are the lowest.
Some hippie liberals might try to tell you that corporate crimes and environmental crimes destroy people at a much higher rate, not to mention legalized narcotics such as alcohol and tobacco. Just remember, these people are smoking "the pot".
But "American Gangster" did not glorify the dealer, although notfor children, it is an excellent film, one that targets corruption, and demonstrates the evil of Mr. Washington's character.
Those kinds of movies, tough as they are, actually, help the United States, unlike films that actively spur anti-American hatred. All of us have a responsibility to speak out against that.Kudos to Mr. O'Reilly for proving that it is the imaginary action in motion pictures, not the actual actions of politicians and businessmen, that is to blame for the intense hatred toward the United States from around the world. We might want to bring those warships back from the seas near Iran, park them along the beaches of Los Angeles, and see who blinks first.