The Pardu

The Pardu
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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Americans And Their Movies: A Propagandists Field Of Dreams

Last November, I published a piece following a rash of GOP pundit embraces of a few fictional movie and cable series show themes. Americans in general, are becoming all too consumed with creative dramatic depictions of life from people who earn millions with various productions. While the sad phenomenon is shared across the population, It is becoming obvious conservatives view the world from perspectives easily influenced by creative minds; in many cases with conservative agendas. 

One glaring example of the movie as life phenomenon was offered by a popular early morning talk show host. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough recently used on-air broadcast minutes to suggest President Obama pattern his strategy against ISIS after a character in Showtime's Homeland. The piece is linked, here.  The piece also includes a Fox News (based on fictional characters) segment with that network's former number one "leg and thigh" host: Grethen Carlson. 

Is there really a surprise the GOP has a leading presidential candidate who is a reality show WWE carnival barker?  If on-air conservative talking heads base even moderate amounts of their demagoguery on television shows and movies, what is a rational American to think? Rational and informed Americans know entertainment projects, even if loosely based on reality, are the brainchild of creative minds. There is a major distinction between creative minds developing movie projects that the creative mind that leads to fact-based documentaries. The perfect example of such is the significant difference in documentaries from the mind and wherewithal of historian Ken Burns vs. the total anti-Obama garbage developed and sold by (felon) Dinesh Di Souza. 

    Ken Burns
    Filmmaker ·
    Kenneth Lauren "Ken" Burns is an American filmmaker, known for his style of using archival footage and photographs in documentary films.Wikipedia
    Dinesh D'Souza
    Dinesh Joseph D'Souza is an Indian-American political commentator, author, and practitioner of Christian apologetics. Wikipedia

The difference is as stark as GOP core values on Civil Rights, Women's' Rights, and LGBT Rights. One film developer goes about his work with a mission to capture and exhibit US history, while entertainer viewers. The latter goes about his work with the express intent of attacking and disparaging a sitting US President, while sharing paid for comments from people and circumstances easily passed off as truth, but embodies nothing more than propaganda. 

In much more simple terms. Di Souza has a motive and mission via his work that contrast greatly with the historical archiving mission of ken Burns.

The upcoming release of Micahel Bay' "The 13 Hour", is receiving similar scrutiny.  Conservatives are anxiously awaiting first showing of the Bay project for its potential impact on Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State during terror attacks on the US Consulate in Libya (AKA "BENGHAZI"). "Benghazi", that common conservative rebel yell that sits second to the more familiar conservative refrain of "USA, USA, USA." While conservative media is posturing the project as bay obviously wished anti-Obama Administration (specifically anti-Clinton), some slightly more progressive media pundits are falling for the potential hype. Before I post what follows from News Busters, recognize I referred to the MSNBC host as "slightly more progressive" than the standard Fox News host. Andrea Mitchell is no progressive.

News Busters:
On her MSNBC show on Monday, host Andrea Mitchell derided the film 13 Hours, opening in theaters nationwide on Friday: “That new film about Benghazi coming out this week could give wider circulation to conspiracy theories, despite denials, that CIA operatives were told to stand down and not rescue four Americans, including an ambassador, who died in that assault.”
Moments later, Mitchell insisted: “…just last week I was interviewing Leon Panetta, who headed the Pentagon, and he and CIA top officials are denying to the Benghazi select committee that this ever happened.” In that same interview, Panetta endorsed Hillary Clinton for president – hardly an objective source about one of the major scandals plaguing the Democratic candidate….

Conservative affinity for grabbing "Benghazi" as a tool against Hillary Clinton is as pathetic as Ben Carson's recent GOP Debate comments. Carson appears to have borrowed a response to a debate question via tapping into nuclear promulgation (fusion or fission) prospects delineated in movies. Of course, most know Carson suffers from some sort of mental deprivation, but he exhibited yet another example of GOP via movies and cinema.

During Thursday evening's Republican debate, Ben Carson referenced a particularly strange threat to the United States — an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) deployed by an enemy to wipe out America's electrical grid:
Now we have dirty bombs and we have cyber attacks and we have people who will be attacking our electrical grid. And you know, we have a whole variety of things that they can do and they can do these things simultaneously. And we have enemies who are obtaining nuclear weapons that they can explode in ourexoatmosphere and destroy our electric grid. So think about a scenario like that. They explode the bomb; we have electromagnetic pulse.
Carson is referring to a common version of the EMP fear: a nuclear weapon detonated high up in the atmosphere, thus supposedly sending an electromagnetic blast that would destroy electronics.
VOX also published this piece on the Michael Bay movie. 

Talking Points Memo

He said enemies want to attack “our electrical grid”

Describing an ominous string of threats that internet users noticed bore a striking resemblance to the plot of the alien invasion movie “Independence Day,” Carson said the state of modern warfare has changed in ways the President “doesn’t realize.” 
“The fact of the matter is, [Obama] doesn't realize that we now live in the 21st century, and that war is very different than it used to be before,” Carson said. “Not armies, massively marching on each other and air forces, but now we have dirty bombs and we have cyber attacks and we have people who will be attacking our electrical grid.” 
The doomsaying neurosurgeon went on: “We have enemies who are obtaining nuclear weapons that they can explode in our exoatmosphere and destroy our electric grid. Just think about a scenario like that. They explode the bomb, we have an electromagnetic pulse. They hit us with a cyberattack simultaneously and dirty bombs. Can you imagine the chaos that would ensue at that point?”
The Movie "The 13th Hour?" While I will not watch Bay's Movie, it is important to share comments from sources that have, or are, delving into the cinema project.

Media matters recently published a piece that details how Michael Bay, the 13th Hour Producer/Director, used debunked Benghazi reports to entertain people who view movies as documentaries.  

Media Matters (Four Big Lies)
Conservatives have falsely accused the administration of lying about the cause of the attack, issuing a "stand down" order, failing to send aid to the facility, and dismissing the deaths of the victims. But every "bombshell" has turned out to be a dud. 13 Hours may give Fox News the highly dramatized Benghazi story it's been hoping for, but years of actual investigations have thoroughly deflated the right-wing Benghazi fantasy:

Kudos to Media Matters!

I re-state: "Is there any wonder why Donald Trump is doing so well among people who find his celebrity a major attraction?" The reality show-Manhattan developer continues to entertain conservatives despite glowing evidence he rarely, if ever, speak the truth.

Let's end with a quick fact-check series regarding the manhattan carnival barker.


Donald Trump's file

Donald Trump has been a real estate developer, entrepreneur and host of the NBC reality show, "The Apprentice." He is running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Trump's statements were awarded PolitiFact's 2015 Lie of the Year.
Trump's statements by ruling 
Click on the ruling to see all of Trump's statements for that ruling
 True               1% (1)
Mostly True    6% (5)
Half True       16% (13)
Mostly False 16% (13)

False              40%(33)

Pants on Fire 21% (17)       

Pants on Fire!

Again, is there any wonder so many find Trump appealing, if we have so very many who practice sycophancy towards movies, reality shows, and television heroes?

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