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Fox Worried Hollywood Will Politicize 9/11

Reported by Melanie - August 17, 2005

No doubt most readers of this site have heard about the Pentagon's plans to hold a "Freedom Walk" in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2005 to, allegedly, commemorate 9/11. Officially known as the "America Supports You Freedom Walk," the walk is "free and open to anyone who registers." It consists of a "two-mile walk that will begin near the Pentagon crash site, proceed over the Memorial Bridge, pass several National memorials, and conclude adjacent to the National Mall and Reflecting Pool." Immediately afterward, "country superstar singer and songwriter Clint Black will hold a concert on the Pentagon Mall." The web site says the event is being held, in part, "for our men and women in the military."

There has been much discussion about this event. The Carpetbagger Report notes that participants must register with the Department of Defense, and says,

That's right, in order to participate in a government-sponsored "Freedom Walk" on public streets past public monuments, from one outdoor public landmark to another, you have to give your name address, phone number, and email address to the Pentagon.

DailyKos asks:

Do you believe that the Department of Defense holding a "Freedom March" on 9/11 to support our troops is not political? Do you believe that Inviting Clint Black , known for a pro-war song "Iraq and I Roll" is not political?

and urges his readers to contact the sponsors to tell them,

how inappropriate it is to commemmorate [sic] the 9/11 fallen with a country western concert. 9/11 is NOT the 4th of July!

I've never heard any mention of this event on Your World but today (August 17, 2005) Fox had time for two segments (the second and third segments of the show) about movies "Hollywood" (think liberal hedonists) is making about 9/11 and about it will no doubt politicize them. After a newsie report by Fox's Lisa Bernhard about what's in the pipeline, guest host Brenda Buttner wondered whether "Hollywood can be trusted with these 9/11 dramas," because Hollywood "does have a bent." She introduced guests Steve Malzberg and Nancy Skinner and asked Skinner, "does that frighten you?"

Skinner and Malzberg chewed on the issue for four or five minutes, Malzberg inferring that "Hollywood" won't tell the truth. He said he has seen Iraq war dramas where "Iraq is portrayed as Vietnam." Skinner said she doubted Hollywood would "exploit" 9/11 like Bush has and she urged everyone to "wait and see" what the movies are actually like before getting so upset.

Comment: As Buttner implied, it should "frighten" us that Hollywood might put its "bent" on 9/11. Never mind - literally - what the Bush administration has done, and is doing, with it. And never mind that when Fox reports about Iraq, it opens with a graphic that says, "War on Terror."

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