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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Media silent on Oliver Stone

Alana Goodman, who brought the Oliver Stone story across the Atlantic from the Sunday Times of London to Newsbusters, asks why the reaction has been muted compared with the reaction to Mel Gibson's drunken anti-Semitic rant four years ago.
It's been three days since director Oliver Stone churned out similarly disturbing anti-Jewish rhetoric to the Sunday Times, and many of Gibson's most prominent critics on the left - including Salon.com - still haven't issued a word of condemnation about Stone's comments.

Similarly, the network news shows have ignored Stone's remarks, despite their wall-to-wall coverage of Gibson's reprehensible diatribe in 2006. The media blitz over Gibson's comments began the day after his arrest with ABC's World News Saturday, and continued non-stop on ABC, NBC and CBS until Aug. 4, 2006.

"You know, it brings up an interesting question because he is in rehab for alcohol. He says he's been battling alcoholism for many years. Can you reform from being a bigot? Is that possible?" asked Hannah Storm, co-host of the CBS Early Show, on Aug. 3, 2006.

"Over the weekend, newspapers around the world were filled with headlines about actor, Mel Gibson," said anchor Charlie Gibson on ABC World News on July 31, 2006. "Reports of an anti-Semitic tirade at the time of a drunk driving arrest shocked Hollywood. And the question in Hollywood is - what's this gonna do to Gibson's career?"

In contrast, none of the network news stations have uttered a word about Stone.
Read the whole thing. Could it be that Oliver Stone is being treated like an etrog by his friends in the Leftist mainstream media? Jennifer Rubin seems to think so:
Maybe it’s Stone’s long leftist track record — who can forget his glowing biopic of Fidel Castro? — that has earned him a pass from the liberal U.S. media.

But maybe there is something else at work. Stone’s venomous rant against “Jewish domination of the media” and his assertion about the “Israel lobby” (”They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years”) are not so different from what comes from the lips of Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, the writings of the Israel-hating left, and the bile-drenched blogs of those who, for example, claimed John McCain was surrounded by Jewish neocon advisers.

It’s reasonable to conclude that Oliver Stone hasn’t been called out by the liberals — those who advertise themselves as experts on diversity and bigotry — because a great deal of what he said doesn’t sound all that objectionable to far too many of them. And of course, it’s rather embarrassing for those seeking respectability (the “tough love for Israel” gang) to illuminate that anti-Israel venom is, when you scratch the surface, nothing more than old-fashioned Jew-hating.
That's funny - I mentioned Walt and Mearsheimer in my first post on this too. Hmmm.


At 8:02 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The real reason is that now that the Holocaust grace period has expired, anti-Semitism is fashionable again amongst the West's elites. Jew hatred has never really disappeared even if it at one point it remained underground for awhile. And Oliver Stone's outburst, in today's climate, assures nothing will happen to him. He has said nothing about the Jews and Israel that a lot of people think privately.

Yes, indeed this is a sick age in which we now live.

At 11:40 PM, Blogger lydia said...

The only reason why most media that slammed Gibson, this despicable racist, don't lump Oliver Stone with him is that the latter is NOT antisemite. Those who read Stone's comments know that there's not an ounce of antisemitsm in what he actually said. Your reading comprehension fails. Or maybe you want to get readers confused...


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