The movie blockbuster "Lone Survivor," is about a group of Navy Seals, in Afghanistan, who were involved in a firefight that left only one survivor. While it seems innocuous enough, Fox News talkers have their patriotic panties in a bunch about an Atlantic Monthly article and bloggers who are using their First Amendment right to opine that the movie glorifies war. The writers are not defaming the soldiers involved in the mission; but that is how Fox News, the media booster for George W Bush's not so excellent adventure in Iraq, is playing it. It must be a big f**king deal for Roger Ailes because as of today, there have been five segments on it. Why the propaganda blitz? Is Fox trying to increase the box office take? Is it being used as an opportunity to smear those who are anti-war? Or is it because Marcus Luttrell, the "survivor" Seal who co-wrote the movie material, really hates the liberal media? Go figure!
On Monday, Megyn Kelly reported that "some media reports are criticizing the film for being pro-war propaganda and questioning the mission of the seals." The chyron reinforced her comment: "Some in Media Suggesting That Navy Seals in Lone Survivor Died for Nothing." Her guest was Marine vet and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer responded to Kelly's description of the criticism. He defended the film as a realistic portrayal of what happened. She played part of an interview during which Jake Tapper suggested to Luttrell that the mission was senseless. After Meyer defended the war in Afghanistan, Kelly noted that former Secretary of Defense, Bob Gates' wrote that the President was "not fully behind the mission in Afghanistan" and played part of a Gates' TV interview. Perhaps Kelly was expecting Meyer to attack the President but he criticized Gates for waiting to reveal this information.
Tuesday morning, Fox & Friends hosted Donna Axelson who is the mother of one of the fallen Seals who spoke emotionally about her son who, along with all the other Seals except for Luttrell, was killed. After five minutes, Doocy worked in the agitprop: "I'm sure you've seen some stories on some of the internet sites, some of the lefty blogs are referring to this particular movie, based on a true story, is just political propaganda." He asked her what she would say to those who write this. She responded "hogwash" and praised Luttrell for not being political.
Tuesday, The Five discussed how "some liberal critics have the audacity to call it war propaganda." Video of one of the fallen Seal's mother was shown in which she said that Luttrell didn't bring politics into the movie. Eric Bolling described the movie as a "pro-America" movie about American "exceptionalism" which doesn't "play well in liberal la la land" and "they call it pro-war propaganda which is exceptionally offensive especially to the moms."
Yesterday, Martha MacCallum, on the alleged "news" show, America's Newsroom, discussed the Fox abetted "controversy" over what she falsely claimed was an "op-ed" in the Atlantic Monthly. (It was an article titled "Lone Survivor's Takeaway: Every War Movie Is a Pro-War Movie.") She played the Fox & Friends video of Axelson praising the military. She claimed that other unnamed blogs had a "similar message" which was even "harsher" in that the authors claimed that "the movie was military propaganda." Howard Kurtz responded that those who criticize the movie aren't necessarily anti-military. MacCallum said that "in this case the movie is talking about a real operation..." Kurtz and MacCallum asserted that the Atlantic article went beyond mere movie criticism and became a political treatise on war and as such is offensive to the families of the fallen. Kurtz seemed to think that because this is a true story, political commentary relating to it should be off limits.
Today, on Fox & Friends, Elisabeth started by reminding viewers that "we've" been telling you about how "liberal bloggers are blasting the film as propaganda." Director Peter Berg responded to, as Hasselbeck described, "leftie bloggers" specifically a woman from LA Weekly who accused the film of being simplistic - brown people bad, American people good." Berg defended the film by describing how the lone survivor, Luttrell, was saved by a Muslim tribesman. Berg praised Luttrell and Luttrell''s mother.
So it was fine for Phil Robertson to make vile comments about gay people, but when writers claim that war movies glorify war, that's tantamount to treason. And if you didn't think that at the beginning of the week, Fox's binge propaganda will certainly have you thinking it now!
And I’ll repeat: You knew who wasn’t just a flag waver in there, because they were the people who weren’t snickering and going “yeah, right!” the entire time. It was that obvious.