Rush Limbaugh the Radio Presenter during the Els for Autism Pro-am at The PGA National Golf Club on March 21, 2011 in West Palm Beach, Florida
*Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called out a variety of media outlets on Tuesday for trying to “do to Dzhokhar [Tsarnaev] what they did to Trayvon Martin,” reports Mediaite.
He said that showing images of Tsarnaev at 14-years-old is an effort to humanize him and frame him as a “normal” or “mixed-up kid,” rather than an accused murder and terrorist.
‘The news media are doing to Dzhokhar what they did to Trayvon Martin,” Limbaugh said. “They’re regularly showing a photo of Dzhokhar that was taken when he was about 14. Soft, angelic, nice little boy. Harmless. Cute. Big, loveable eyes.”
“Not at all what he looks like today,” Limbaugh added. “The way, when we’re shown Osama bin Laden, it’s in his shepherd pose with his walking stick, walking through the mountains or whatever.”
Limbaugh said that the news media is actively attempting to frame Tsarnaev as an innocent child by repeatedly showing the image of him as a young teen. He played a montage of news and media personalities referring to Tsarnaev as a “normal” or “mixed-up kid” and expounding on the “hardship” he faced growing up in America as an immigrant.
“Totally normal kid,” Limbaugh noted. “Nothing to see here. Very sad, in fact. He’s got a tube down his throat.”
“Why do we do this?” he asked in exasperation. “Why do we take what we know is truth and reality and try to hide from it?”
After the break, Limbaugh asked if, given that Tsarnaev is merely a “kid,” shouldn’t that raise concerns about what other “kids” are able to do with improvised explosive devices?
Limbaugh added that Tsarnaev does not qualify as a kid, but the 8-year-old boy he killed at the Boston Marathon last week does.
Listen to the clip below via The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Director Kathryn Bigelow (L) on the set of Zero Dark Thirty
*Earlier this year, conservatives just knew that the film “Zero Dark Thirty,” about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, would be full of pro-Obama propaganda that would somehow sway the presidential election if released before Election Day. More controversy followed the revelation that the film’s writer Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow were given special briefings on the interrogation techniques directly from the CIA.
Now that critics have actually seen the film, due in theaters Dec. 19, the reality is that President Obama appears just once in the 2 hour, 37 minute thriller, and ironically, the Commander in Chief’s words in the film are already being used to mock his administration’s “no torture” policy, suggesting it is unrealistic and out of touch.
The president only appears in the movie as part of a 2008 “60 Minutes” clip in which he criticizes the use of “enhanced interrogation” on terror suspects. However, the clip comes after the audience has already watched an al Qaeda detainee give up vital information about bin Laden as the direct result of being tortured during CIA questioning.
Christian Toto of the conservative blog Breitbart.com wrote: “After all, the media gave credit to President Barack Obama for capturing the terrorist leader even though Obama spoke out specifically against enhanced interrogation. … In theory, bin Laden would still be alive and plotting more attacks had Obama’s ‘no torture’ policy been in place.”
“Morning Joe” (Dec. 10, 2012)
On Monday’s “Morning Joe,” conservative host Joe Scarborough said the film “presents a narrative that is going to make a lot of people in the mainstream media, in the Democratic Party and in the administration uncomfortable, and that is the truth that Barack Obama learned, the first briefing that he got after he won the election, and that is that the CIA program, whether you find it repugnant or not, actually was effective with [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] and other people getting actionable intelligence that led to couriers, that led, eventually, years later, to the killing of Osama bin Laden.”
The torture scene takes up about 30 minutes of the film’s opening, according to CNN’s National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, whowrote, “Obama’s opposition to torture comes off as wrongheaded and prissy,” in the film.
Jessica Chastain as CIA analyst Maya n “Zero Dark Thirty”
Describing the interrogation scenes, Bergen wrote that it depicts “a bloodied al Qaeda detainee named Ammar who is strung to the ceiling with ropes; beaten; forced to wear a dog collar while crawling around attached to a leash; stripped naked in the presence of Maya (Jessica Chastain), the female CIA analyst; blasted with heavy metal music so he is deprived of sleep; forced to endure crude waterboardings; and locked into a coffin-like wooden crate.”
Below, director Kathryn Bigelow talks about including the difficult scene.
Steven Spielberg (L) and Tom Hanks in Washington DC to promote ‘The Pacific,’ HBO’s 10-part miniseries (March 13, 2010) The two co-produced the project.
*A group of former military and C.I.A. officers launched a campaign to trash President Barack Obama over alleged security leaks by appearing on seven TV shows on Thursday – all to draw attention to their 22-minute video that has been viewed about 400,000 times since it posted Wednesday on YouTube, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The administration and liberal organizations quickly denounced the group, known as OPSEC, as a clone of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that helped derail the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry. The OPSEC team, however, is using Hollywood figures in the campaign against the Democratic president.
A component of OPSEC’s effort is the accusation from some Republican lawmakers that director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal were afforded access to classified details about the killing of Osama bin Laden, which is the subject of “Zero Dark Thirty,” a feature film Sony will release in December.
In the video, titled Dishonorable Disclosures, OPSEC member Fred Rustamann, a 24-year veteran of the C.I.A., complains of Obama taking credit for killing bin Laden, then he says:
“Days after the raid, Hollywood was invited into the White House so that they could receive a briefing on exactly how the raid took place, what kind of sources we had, what kind of methods we use.”
Director Kathryn Bigelow (R) accepts Best Director award for “The Hurt Locker” from presenter Barbra Streisand onstage during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood
As he speaks, Barbra Streisand is shown presenting to Bigelow the Oscar she won for directing “The Hurt Locker.” [See above photo.] More suggestively, Obama is seen speaking to a room full of Hollywood notables just as Rustamann delivers his line about a presidential briefing. The image, though, is an official White House photo taken in March 2010, of Obama speaking in the Family Theater of the White House before a screening of the HBO miniseries “The Pacific.” Sitting in the front row are Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, two of the miniseries’ executive producers. [See below photo.]
President Barack Obama delivers remarks before a screening of “The Pacific” in the Family Theater of the White House, March 11, 2010. Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, the two executive producers of “The Pacific”, sit in the front row. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
While using stock footage and B-roll video is a hallmark of documentary filmmaking, Spielberg and Hanks likely won’t appreciate that their likenesses are being used as a battering ram against Obama, given their support for the president. Spielberg, for example, has donated $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund 2012 while Hanks stars in a 17-minute video promoting the re-election of Obama.
OPSEC, military shorthand for “operational security,” is also shorthand for the full name of the group, which is Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund. The nonprofit group bills itself as nonpartisan, though some members have been involved with conservative Tea Party groups and OPSEC member Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, ran unsuccessfully as a Republican candidate for Congress in 2010.
Dishonorable Disclosures (scroll down to watch) begins with several well-known journalists and opinion-makers reporting on security leaks. Chris Matthews asks on MSNBC, for example, “Drip, drip, drip. What’s with all this leaking during the first year of the Obama administration?”
Beyond the video, the group’s website lays out several specific complaints of classified information they say came from the White House that, if known by terrorists, would get American military personnel injured or killed.
A sort of slideshow on the site lists 10 alleged damages as the result of leaks. “Damage #4” reads: “Obama administration gave Hollywood special access to DOD and C.I.A. details of the operation.”
The slide also contains a couple of lines from a Maureen Dowd column in the New York Times, one reading, “The moviemakers are getting top-level access to the most classified mission in history,” and the other reading, “It was clear that the White House had outsourced the job of manning up the president’s image to Hollywood when Boal got welcomed to the upper echelons of the White House and the Pentagon and showed up recently – to the surprise of some military officers – at a C.I.A. ceremony celebrating the hero SEALs.”
View the entire video below. The portion about Hollywood begins at the 11:50 mark.
Director Kathryn Bigelow’s on the set of her Bin Laden Thriller “Zero Dark Thirty”
*The trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s forthcoming film about the killing of Osama bin Laden, “Zero Dark Thirty,” has been released online ahead of its December opening in theaters … just after the presidential election, and with the man who ordered the killing not depicted in the film at all, according to the co-screenwriter.
The Dec 19 release, according to UK’s Guardian, is meant to calm down Republican politicians who got flustered thinking the movie might influence voters by portraying Obama in a flattering light. Bigelow’s project drew criticism from the right earlier this year after it emerged that the president’s administration shared information with the production team. New York congressman Peter King, chair of the house homeland security committee, has questioned whether it was right to share “confidential” details.
Bigelow’s co-screenwriter Mark Boal, a former freelance war journalist, denied there was any political motivation behind the film’s release in his interview with Entertainment Weekly. “There’s no political agenda in the film. Full stop. Period,” he said. “A lot of people are going to be surprised when they see the film. For example, the president is not depicted in the movie. He’s just not in the movie.”
“Zero Dark Thirty,” starring “The Help’s” Jessica Chastain alongside Joel Edgerton, Mark Duplass, Kyle Chandler and Mark Strong, centers on the Navy Seal unit that raided Bin Laden’s compound in northern Pakistan on May 2, 2011 on the orders President Barack Obama, killing the al-Qaeda leader in a covert operation.
Bigelow, an Oscar winner for directing “The Hurt Locker,” had been planning a film about the hunt for Bin Laden long before last year’s events. She and Boal, who also won two Oscars for “The Hurt Locker,” were therefore first out of the block in terms of bringing the story to the big screen, reports UK’s The Guardian. Other projects were at one time said to be under way with involvement from George Clooney and perennial historical controversialist Oliver Stone, though neither has yet entered production.
Bigelow told Entertainment Weekly the film’s title was a military term. “[It means] 30 minutes after midnight, and it refers also to the darkness and secrecy that cloaked the entire decade long mission,” she said.
Boal added: “I’m fascinated by people who dedicate themselves to really difficult and dangerous things for the greater good. I think they’re heroic and I’m intrigued by them. I’m fascinated by the world they inhabit. I personally want to know how they caught bin Laden. All I can do is hope that it interests other people.”
*Estranged couple Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou are not suing any wanna be mistress, say reps.
Rumors flared up when thre infamous and outrageous Kola Boof, the same woman who claims to have been Osama Bin Laden’s mistress, posted on Twitter that Kimora was trying to keep the world from knowing about her alleged affair with Djimon.
“This b!tc# wants me SILENCED on Twitter!!! lmao,” wrote Kola
*President Obama’s recent ad touting his call to kill 9/11 terror mastermind has gained its share of critics.
Current and past Navy SEALs as well as Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington have criticized the president for bringing the killing of bin Laden up.
Many feel the ad and Obama’s frequent mention of the killing is in bad taste.
NewsOne writer Michael Arceneaux disagrees.
Check out an excerpt of his thoughts below in his weekly column over at the site. Also, view the video below.
Apparently, it is in poor taste for a politician to politicize a decision he made as it relates to policy. Yes, in the latest chapter of the condemnation of convenience culture we’re currently soiling ourselves in, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is taking many hits in various directions for his latest Osama bin Laden-focused campaign ad. The former President Bill Clinton-narrated clip highlights the “harder and the more honorable path” our current commander-in-chief took in ordering the assassination of the terrorist leader, while asking, “Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?”
That question has sparked criticism from largely the right, though even select leftists have joined in. Enter Arianna Huffington, though, who has denounced the ad as “despicable” in a recent interview with “CBS This Morning,” and even went as far as saying she agrees with the Romney campaign.