Not news news, but I’ll be verrry interested to see how the administration extricate themselves.
No routine “October surprise” distraction will suffice.
Whatever they come up with will have to be epic.
Now that the White House and State Department have made clear that they believe movies compel terrorists to terrorize, it’s time for them to get ahead of this problem. And one thing the White House can do immediately is to pressure Sony to stop the release of director Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” which celebrates the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Moreover, an excuse Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be able to use in the case of “Zero Dark Thirty” (as she did with “Innocence of Muslims”) is the cowardly and self-righteous claim that the federal government and the Obama White House had nothing to do with “Zero Dark Thirty.” Because the federal government and the Obama White House had everything to do with “Zero Dark Thirty.”
As we now know, in an effort to get this glitzy in-kind contribution (tens of millions of dollars) up on the screen in time to affect the election, it was the Obama Administration that gave the filmmakers tons of encouragement and a troubling amount of access to all kinds of classified material. [more]
(What? No, I am not hogging the popcorn.)
A downside is the number of people who’ll be slaughtered.
Note that the administration is now backing off The Movie Did It™ excuse.
One might be excused for attributing that to this pesky dilemma.
(What? Because the media whined that there was no way they could spin this? *heh* Even better.)