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In the years after September 11, 2001, conservatives bemoaned the fact that Hollywood seemed completely uninterested in helping spur Americans to action against a brutal terrorist enemy bent on the destruction of the West. Conservatives hearkened back to World War II, and wondered where our Frank Capras, our Jimmy Stewarts, our Hollywood patriots were. Why did Hollywood not go to war?
Answer: they were just waiting for Barack Obama to become president.
As it turns out, Hollywood didn’t give a fig about Islamic terrorism until a liberal could enter office. Until Obama grabbed the White House, Americans were treated to goodies like Green Zone and In the Valley of Elah and Syriana, suggesting that America was a force for evil in the world, and that America’s jihadi enemies were at least partially justified in their anger at the United States.
But since President Obama took office, Hollywood seems to have turned a corner. All of a sudden, they hate Islamic terrorism. And the Obama administration is overjoyed.
And why not? They know that Hollywood is the best propaganda tool available – they have seen Obama’s image lovingly crafted by the likes of Tom Hanks and Davis Guggenheim – and now they can’t wait to see the results of that propaganda mastery on the big screen.
Which is why the Obama administration is granting unprecedented access to filmmakers to make a film about Obama’s killing of Osama Bin Laden.
For months, conservatives suggested that the Obama administration’s cozy relationship with Hollywood was endangering American security on this issue. Why, after all, should America’s security secrets be leaked to the Tinseltown lefties just in time for Obama’s re-election campaign? Wasn’t this problematic? Didn’t it create risks for teams still in the field?
And for months, the Obama administration made noises suggesting that Hollywood had barely received any sort of special access. Sure, they admitted, screenwriter Mark Boal had talked with White House officials, and director Kathryn Bigelow got to see ‘the Vault,” where CIA officials showed her a model of the Bin Laden compound. “We don’t have a partnership” with Boal and Bigelow, insisted Admiral William McRaven. But Defense Department Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Douglas Wilson said, “We need to be careful here so we don’t open the media floodgates on this.” The Obama administration didn’t want the public to know, in other words, about their level of cooperation with a clearly political film.
And so, apparently, they hid it.
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