Fox News loves "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and hates anybody who dares to criticize the man and/or the movie. And that's why Steve Doocy is so happy, now that the University of Michigan reversed its ban on showing the movie due to the effort of a valiant and very patriot student.
The right wing went into a collective hissy fit when it looked like the University of Michigan was nixing "American Sniper," as their Friday night movie, due to concerns over the film's portrayal of Muslims and Middle East politics. After some blowback, including a petition, the school allowed the movie to be shown. So are we surprised that Fox & Friends would welcome the student who was behind the petition?!
This morning, a grinning (or is it grimacing) Steve Doocy reported that Rensselaer Tech is considering canceling a showing of "American Sniper" even after University of Michigan Students "WON The fight" to show the film on campus. The banner proclaimed "Sniper Snubbed." As an animated visual of waving American flags was shown, Doocy introduced Rachel Jankowski who "FOUGHT" to get the movie reinstated.
Doocy looked positively constipated as he screeched "what, what, when you heard that the University had cancelled showing American Sniper, what did you think?" Jankowski said that she was "infuriated" by this decision. (Unmentioned by Doocy is the fact that Jankowski was a former chair of the college's Republican Club.) In speaking about the petition, she noted that Chris Kyle "was a hero" who was "fighting for our freedoms." The banner reinforced the victory: "Backing Down." She expressed the need for films like these to be shown in order to stimulate "dialogue." The banner: "Passion Project."
Doocy looked very angry when he asked why the school sent a "bias response team" to the sacred movie. The banner: "Bias Team Boondoggle." Jankowski explained that this was due to concerns, from Muslim students, about their safety. To Doocy's scripted question about "the moral of this story," Jankowski spoke about freedom of expression. She noted that some of those opposed to the movie hadn't seen it. Nobody mentioned that Muslims students have said that, after the movie was shown, they have faced racist remarks and threats.
Doocy praised her for her efforts to get the movie shown.
"Bias Boondoggle" sounds like another name for Fox & Friends! Ya think?!
And BTW, one wonders if Doocy would be so enamored of free expression if it were Christian students protesting a gay themed movie. Just saying....
And considering none of the people involved in this latest bit of fake outrage served even one day in the military, their “support” is all talk.
And, just to put this out there, what Kyle did in Iraq was NOT a case of “fighting for our freedoms.” Iraq was NEVER a party to what al-Qaeda did (Saddam, in fact, was the key reason why al-Qaeda wasn’t able to gain a foothold in Iraq) and NEVER posed a threat to the US, much less “our freedoms.” Kyle’s job was to murder people who’d been hopelessly embroiled in violence because the US government (in the form of Dubya and Darth Cheney) got the people of Iraq into a mess.
I’m also just a bit curious: Why do Doocy and his guest hate capitalism and free speech so much? They hate capitalism because they’re forcing the university to host a film that the students (more likely than not) could go see at a local movie theater. I did a quick check at IMDb.com and there are 4 theaters within 50 miles which are still playing “Sniper” so Doocy and his little cohort (emphasis on the middle two letters) are basically attacking the whole free enterprise system. And then’ there’s that “entitlement” thing. It’s a freaking university. Why should the people of the State of Michigan—not to mention the students’ parents—be paying to have a movie (especially one that’s made a buttload of money) shown on campus? And for nothing more than “entertainment.” Hell, the right freaks out as it is when universities show films that are part of a curriculum (especially when taxpayer dollars help fund the showing).
As to the free speech matter, shouldn’t the school be giving as much attention to those who opposed the movie’s showing? Where’s the “fair and balanced” attitude here?