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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 12:55 AM
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nice article on anti-Bush media onslaught
Henry Thomason and Nickolas Perry's The Hunting of the President, an adaptation of the bestseller by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons, suggests that an extreme "right-wing cabal" conspired with decidedly un-independent counsel Kenneth Starr to unseat President Clinton. But the film's other main target is, says Thomason, "the good old liberal press," which published stories based on unreliable sources or no sources at all, and jumped on Monica-gate for the salacious headlines. With the documentary circulating in theaters this June, Thomason hopes the film "can sway a reporter or two to be really fair and balanced," he says, "and not be bullied by the extreme right and their network of AM radio and e-mail."

Other filmmakers have a more pointed goal. Michael Shoob, co-director with Joseph Mealey of Bush's Brain, an investigation into the "dirty tricks" of Republican puppet-master and alleged "co-president" Karl Rove, says, "Obviously, we wanted to push this information in an election year."

But can docs really rock the vote? "Sometimes films influence events beyond their origin. Sometimes they don't," says nonfiction veteran George Butler (Pumping Iron), who is currently rushing to complete Tour of Duty, a biographical portrait of his longtime friend John Kerry. "Sometimes you make a film like The China Syndrome, which causes all kinds of changes in the nuclear industry, or a film like Pumping Iron, which causes 100,000 gyms to open up in America and eventually makes Arnold the governor of California."

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0419/kaufman.php
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 02:42 AM
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1. Come on if this anti-Bush time in the news what was this----
the build up to war? That had to be anti-Dem? Looks to me like the news is the news and if it sells you get more of it. We were forced to see war and Bush and his uniforms until I felt sick, and what a great military power we were but please no body bags and now we see maybe the civilians have giving the military a real black eye with their crazy wars.
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 09:35 AM
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3. did I say news?
Tell me - during the build-up to war, how many theatrical pro-republican anti-dem movies were there?

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Hobarticus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 02:43 AM
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2. This is an "onslaught"?
Bush has gotten a free pass.
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 09:35 AM
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4. no less than five anti-Bush theatrical movies from now until summer...
...yeah, onslaught.
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