Friday, March 03, 2006

Can anyone spot a pattern? hmmmmmm

Pot Calls Kettle Liberal: GMA Asks if Oscars Too Political
As Tim Graham has noted, Jon Stewart and George Clooney have denied that Hollywood suffers from any such bias, but GMA host Charlie Gibson acknowledged the slant frankly.

He framed it this way:

"Now we turn to the politics of the Oscars. We've talked a lot about the culture wars in America, the blue state/red state divide, the clash between more traditional moral values and more liberal points of view.

"When you look at the pictures nominated for the best film of the year, there's not much question where Hollywood stands. The five nominated films for best picture, an ensemble piece on the insidious effects of racism: "Crash." A love story between two cowboys, "Brokeback Mountain." "Good Night and Good luck" [about the McCarthy era]. The politics of terrorism in "Munich" and a character study of a famous gay writer, Capote. All five dealing in various degrees with divisive issues, political issues, and all five can be considered as having distinctly left-of-center perspectives."

Variety's Peter Bart defended the choices in this way: "These are more sophisticated pictures aimed at a dedicated filmgoer." [emphasis: mine]

A skeptical Gibson: "It is not uncommon for one or two nominated films to have a political point of view. But all five?"

Bart: "It's a quirky year in the sense that you would expect some major action picture."

And my favorite Ted Rall quote which he wrote the day after the election:
So our guy lost the election. Why shouldn't those of us on the coasts feel superior? We eat better, travel more, dress better, watch cooler movies, earn better salaries, meet more interesting people, listen to better music and know more about what's going on in the world. If you voted for Bush, we accept that we have to share the country with you. We're adjusting to the possibility that there may be more of you than there are of us. But don't demand our respect. You lost it on November 2. [emphasis mine]
The Bennish Rant
Capitalism: If you don't understand the economic system of capitalism, you don't understand the world in which we live. Ok. Economic system in which all or most of the means of production, etc., are owned privately and operated in a somewhat competitive environment for the purpose of producing PROFIT! Of course, you can shorten these definitions down. Make sure you get the gist of it. Do you see how when, you know, when you're looking at this definition, where does it say anything about capitalism is an economic system that will provide everyone in the world with the basic needs that they need? Is that a part of this system? Do you see how this economic system is at odds with humanity? At odds with caring and compassion? It's at odds with human rights. [emphasis mine]
And of course, Hillary.
"Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Sen. Clinton said. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." [emphasis mine]
I think this comment from a user responding Alec Baldwin's bizarro "apology" for the "Cheney is a terrorist" lunacy on the Huffington Post, sums these people up neatly and succinctly.
no, i would think it's the left who routinely assumes Americans are "stupid". That's why the left favors an elitist RULING CLASS, who simply takes the hard won taxes of the people and spends it as they wish. [emphasis mine]

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