Advertisement

Idol Chatter

Idol Chatter

Go Beyond the Miniseries Controversy

As Kris describes, several of former President Clinton’s advisors and administration officials had put pressure on ABC to cancel–or at least change the story and dialogue–of its 9-11 miniseries, which began last night and ends tonight. I am struck by the hypocrisy of it.

The show that ran last night contained changed and deleted scenes. For Democrats to influence that is absolutely counter to everything they posit about artistic freedoms and civil liberties, not to mention their accusations of the insider influence of the Bush administration upon government service contracts, oil, and the media.

Advertisement

According to CNN and AP reports, the original version “indicated President Clinton’s preoccupation with his potential impeachment may have hurt the effort to go after Osama bin Laden,” including a scene with “an actor portraying White House terrorism czar Richard Clarke” telling FBI agent John O’Neill: “The Republicans are going all-out for impeachment. I just don’t see in that climate the president’s going to take chances” to “give the order to kill bin Laden.”

In last night’s version, Clarke said “The president has assured me this… won’t affect his decision-making.” In another deleted scene, Clarke says the “Lewinsky thing is a noose around his neck,” but that scene was cut in full. And there were many others.

Advertisement

I have personally enjoyed the long relationship between Hollywood and Washington, D.C., going back to Jimmy Stewart’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Movies, television, and docudramas have long brought the slow pace of government bureaucracy and behind-the-scenes plots and decisions into the entertainment arena. No one is ever confused, though, as to the “entertainment” part of the arena, and everyone knows that docu-dramas usually carry more “drama” than “docu.”

The culture war between the two political parties is as clear as the difference between CNN and Fox News. Whether it’s government service contracts or oil or television, there will be two sides to stories as long as there are two dominant political parties.

Advertisement

To that end, this controversy is a “repeat.” I’m looking forward to the second half of the show tonight. It’s a good reminder that plotters are plotting, terrorists are terrorizing, governments are governing, and operatives are operating and its enough to remind me to pray for all of the heroes who work on my behalf and give thanks to our Lord that we have the freedoms we do, starting with life itself, something robbed from thousands of people five years ago today.

Previous Posts

Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n5A6ZCXuis[/youtube]Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston, died Sunday at the age of 22. On June 24, the family announced that Bobbi Kristina would be moved to a hospice facility ...

posted 9:47:31am Jul. 27, 2015 | read full post »

“The Great” Hope Hits Theaters Today
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11tsR0kI1ZQ&feature=youtu.be Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy “The Great” Hope, a junior middleweight boxing champion in “Southpaw.” Hope had all the riches he could dream of--a solid family and a ...

posted 10:20:53am Jul. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Becky Hammon Makes History Again
Becky Hammon made history again on Monday by becoming the first female coach to win a NBA Summer League Title, as she led the San Antonio Spurs to a championship victory at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League Championship. The Spurs first game ...

posted 8:08:40am Jul. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Caitlyn Jenner Receives the Arthur Ashe Courage Award
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sznBIipVekU[/youtube] The 2015 ESPY Awards recognized Caitlyn Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The award is a sports-oriented award, but is not limited to sports-related people or actions, ...

posted 9:26:34am Jul. 16, 2015 | read full post »

So Long, FAO Schwarz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Yu62StlsMY   FAO Schwarz was once the most prestigious toy store in the nation will close its flagship store July, 15 on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.  Many of us remember the store from the film ...

posted 9:19:53am Jul. 13, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.