Hollywood’s 9/11 Blind Spot

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One project did indeed strive to help America understand. The article neglects to mention the miniseries The Path to 9/11, a docudrama which drew 27 million viewers on the fifth anniversary of the attacks. A $30+ million project that aired on two September nights in 2006, The Path to 9/11 dramatized the historical thread that connected the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, Islamic attacks on American interests throughout the ‘90s, and the terrorism of that fateful morning in 2001. Drawing upon The 9/11 Commission Report and other reliable sources, it connected the dots for audiences more thoroughly and accurately than any Hollywood project before or since, and had been slated for use as an educational tool in schools across the country.

But Clinton administration alumni, fearful that any portrayal of their flaccid response to the rising tide of Islamic terrorism in the ‘90s would tarnish their legacy, lashed out hard; ABC/Disney never aired that controversial miniseries again and still refuses to release it on DVD due to political reasons (check out the documentary Blocking the Path to 9/11 for the whole outrageous story).

Meanwhile, the bulk of Hollywood’s 9/11-related output supported the left’s narrative that America’s own hegemonic geopolitical meddling, not global jihad, is to blame for Muslim rage. Movies like Syriana with George Clooney, Traitor starring Don Cheadle, and Body of Lies featuring Leonardo DiCaprio all portrayed the CIA as no better than our enemy, and Muslims as victims of Western imperialist greed.

Tied closely to Hollywood’s depiction of the war on terror was its perspective on the war in Iraq. The Times article claims that Hollywood’s seeming reluctance to deal in a meaningful way with 9/11

might have something to do with the lessons learned from the failure of a slew of movies about the Iraq war — audiences would rather not pay to see a film about an event that is too close, too painful or has been too well covered by the media.

In fact, the Times and Hollywood itself remain clueless about the most glaringly obvious reason that slew of flicks failed. It wasn’t because the events are too close or too painful, but because every one of those box office duds – Matt Damon’s The Green Zone, Tom Cruise’s Lions for Lambs, Sean Penn’s Fair Game, In The Valley of Elah, Stop: Loss, Rendition, Redacted, The Hurt Locker and more – every one depicted the war as a Bush administration deception and/or our soldiers as traumatized, walking time bombs.

American audiences rejected that message. They have been repelled by Hollywood’s messages of moral equivalence and flagellating self-guilt, its disrespect and pity toward our warriors, and its refusal to celebrate American values and to take a patriotic stance in our war with Islamic fundamentalists. That’s why Hollywood has spent ten years failing at coming to grips with 9/11 and its aftermath.

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To get the whole story on why Hollywood leftists sympathize with enemy death cults, read Jamie Glazov’s book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.





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  • norcaltruth

    You say 'the war' like there is only one.

    And infact, if you study, the CIA has not always been on the best side of history. Not to say there aren't any good officers though.

    One bad apple in the CIA, regarding 9/11, is Rich Blee.

    Read up!

    • http://visionsandprinciples.blogspot.com/ InRussetShadows

      It is precisely people like you, who peddle conspiracy theories, and traffic in all manners of vile anti-American propaganda (subtlely or overtly) that infest Hollywood. Read up? How about you grow up and develop an appreciation for the country you live in?

      • norcaltruth

        It is people like me who continue to support the 9/11 family members by telling people like you to watch the best 9/11 movie out there: 9/11, Press for Truth.

        I love America!

        Watch it!

  • jacob

    It has been stated "ad nauseam" that the Left is in bed with the Islamists and
    knowing what calls the shots in Hollywood, will explain the reason for them to
    avoid touching the issue with a 30-foot pole…

    Add to it OBAMA's ukase on not to call terorists by their true name but "insurgents"
    or "freedom fighters" and there is your answer…

  • mrbean

    And Fort Hood was a domestic disturbance not a terrorist act according to DoD now.

  • Questions

    Perhaps the lack of commercial success of films concerning that terrible date might explain their relatively small volume. In any event, we should be grateful for such brilliant movies as "United 93" and "World Trade Center," not to mention decent films with a (less overt) 9/11 subtext, such as "25th Hour" and "Reign Over Me."

    Not everything revolves around politics and war.

    • mlcblog

      Actually much of life centers around politics and war and the effect of these upon the populace.

      I think the article is right on. Hollywood has sold us out, or very short.

      • BS77

        There have been some great war films…..Paths of Glory with Kirk Douglas was really good…although it seemed to be a liberal attack on war…it was really a vehicle to question the leadership of corrupt, politician-military leaders who didn't care about the soldiers, only their own careers and advancement. Great film.

  • Ghostwriter

    It would be nice if they did a patriotic film once in a while. Especially about 9/11.

    • BS77

      I liked The Delta Force with Chuck Norris……..that's the way to deal with hijackers and terrorists. That was a patriotic film.

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    Very good article; Hollywood has had a pronounced anti-American bias in films for a long, long time. However, their are enough conservatives in Hollywood to make a patriotic film about 9/11. Perhaps Tom Selleck and Stephen Baldwin should make such a film.

    • Questions

      The "bias" of which you speak is a phantom. Check out the weekly listings in any newspaper; I defy you to find a single anti-American movie coming out of any Hollywood studio.

      • FriendofGaryCooper

        One that comes immediately to mind is the 2004 version ot "The Alamo." This movie portrays the Americans besieged by Santa Anna's army; as caught by surprise on the morning of the final battle. They were shown to be asleep when Santa Anna's troops were charging the walls, ladders in hand. Pure anti-American nonsense. And what about Burt Lancaster's 1972 movie; "Ulzana's Raid," I believe its called; that shows American troops killing those they were supposed to defend; then committing suicide on the battlefield. And what about Jane Fonda's movies? The "phantom" is very real.

        • mlcblog

          Another example is one of my childhood favorites, Alcott's Little Women. Imagine my disgust when I found that sticky lib Susan Sarantrap inserting all kinds of PC dialogue into the script. Ruined it. That's one less DVD I will buy from them.

      • traeh

        The article you perhaps didn't even read above, listed a whole slew of anti-American films.

        The reason is not just anti-Americanism, though. Even more, the reason is fear of criticizing Islam, primarily because if you do you get death threats and violence from Muslims, and you get pilloried as a bigot in significant parts of the media. Who wants to go around watching his own back for the rest of his life. Rushdie is just the tip of a huge iceberg of individuals who have been intimidated into silence or had violence done against them because they didn't kowtow to Islam. Remember what happened to the Japanese translator of Rushdie? How about his Norwegian translator, or his Spanish translator? In fact I could literally give you links to dozens of public figures and public institutions who admit they have censored themselves in response to death threats from Muslims.

  • http://nycright.blogspot.com Ron Lewenberg

    It isn't Hollywood, the American people don't care to see war movies anymore. In 1969-70, at the height of the anti-war movement, Hollywood released two of the best war movies it ever made, "Patton" and "Tora Tora Tora". These were quite successful.
    In 2005, Hollywood did make "The Greatest Raid" and it was an utter flop. It cost 80 million to produce and brought in under 11 million. They released the laughable Aliens vs Predator at the same time, which cost 60 million and brought in 172 million.

    As I wrote at the time, Generation X and Y have no problem with blood and guts, just with history. http://nycright.blogspot.com/2005/08/perhaps-our-

    If the American people as consumers don't care for glorious history, why should Hollywood produce them? Conservatives like to whine but are too lazy or cheap to go on mass and support good projects.

    • mlcblog

      I don't agree with this. I think if H-wood's heart were in it, they'd have us lining up to see whatever movies they made on this theme. After all, they are fabulous! and quite skilled at whatever they want to do.

    • Bookdoc

      First, Tora Tora Tora was a flop when it came out. It became profitable in the long run on cassette and DVD (I have both). The problem it has is that it isn't dramatized-everything that happened was from original sources and real history isn't dramatic enough. The Greatets Raid just wasn't very good. For great war movies, there are much better examples than Patton! To Hell and back, Sergeant York, Bataan, Wake Island, Sands of Iwo Jima, and even Battle of the Bulge (not accurate but still a great watch), If Hollywood would just make a movie where the Americans are the real heroes and the enemies are moslems. I just wonder how a movie like that would do?

    • http://visionsandprinciples.blogspot.com/ InRussetShadows

      Oh, yes, conservatives won't go see a war movie that praises America, because we're cheap (really? check out the charitable giving charts again) or lazy (uhm, who do you think's working here)?

  • traeh

    On second thought, I won't continue the above comment — the links get screwed up at this site. But you can see many of them here:

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  • WilliamJamesWard

    Hollywood, capitol of the left coast is in bed with Islam and the leftist traitors
    follow the Blind Sheikh, you know "the blind leading the blind"……….William