Amer­i­cans stay­ing away from anti-Amer­i­can films

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Bill O’Reilly

Reese Wither­spoon can’t be pleased with the per­for­mance of her new movie “Ren­di­tion.” It is a colos­sal bomb and will dis­ap­pear as quickly as one of the movie’s char­ac­ters, cour­tesy of the evil CIA, of course.

Once again, Hol­ly­wood is on a “let’s make Amer­ica look bad” binge. This is di­rectly caused by loathing for the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion, which the en­ter­tain­ment left sees as a com­bi­na­tion of the Third Re­ich and Em­peror Nero.

Thus, a se­ries of earnest “Amer­ica is a hu­man-rights vi­o­la­tor” films are com­ing to a theater near you, and the odds are you will ig­nore them. Good. The Sun­dance Kid, Robert Red­ford, has di­rected a movie called “Li­ons for Lambs,” of which Variety opines: “Back­bend­ingly lib­eral but also deeply pa­tri­otic.”

Well, that doesn’t sound so bad, but then Mr. Red­ford goes to Rome and says this about the USA: “We have lost lives, we’ve lost sa­cred free­doms, we’ve lost fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity.”

Re­ally, Bob? You seem mighty rich to me, and I be­lieve you can make movies that say any­thing you want them to say. So what’s this loss of “sa­cred free­doms” deal?

While re­search­ing this col­umn, I came across a let­ter writ­ten by Samuel Gold­wyn in 1961. Mr. Gold­wyn was a ma­jor movie mogul re­spon­si­ble for hun­dreds of clas­sic films. In this let­ter Mr. Gold­wyn tells pro­ducer Jerry Wald: “To­day we are at a cru­cial pe­riod in his­tory. Even if the cold war never de­vel­ops into a hot one, our coun­try still has its hands full all over the world. The pic­tures we send abroad have an ef­fect in ev­ery cor­ner of the globe.

“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 — far greater than al­most any other seg­ment of our coun­try — and we must guide our­selves ac­cord­ingly.”

I be­lieve Samuel Gold­wyn, if he were alive to­day, would be ap­palled at how rad­i­cally left­ist the Amer­i­can en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try has be­come. He would, I sus­pect, also sug­gest to Mr. Red­ford that he tone it down.

There is no ques­tion that ev­ery time a Robert Red­ford, Sean Penn or Bar­bra Streisand bash the United States to the over­seas press, mil­lions of Amer­ica-haters rub their hands with glee. Prop up Hugo Chavez, sure. Shake hands with the Ira­nian fas­cists, cer­tainly.

But the tide has turned against th­ese show­biz pin­heads, and the fail­ure of movies like “Ren­di­tion” proves it. Dis­sent is fine. Dis­hon­est pro­pa­ganda is not.

Robert Red­ford and his crew might be­moan the loss of “sa­cred rights,” but I’m with Samuel Gold­wyn. Th­ese Hol­ly­wood big shots have an obli­ga­tion to the coun­try that has al­lowed them to be­come wealthy and speak their col­lec­tive minds on any sub­ject they choose.

The Sun­dance Kid has truly been out in the sun way too long. Wise up, Bob.

Bill O’Reilly is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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