That post I did the other day about the fact that the "American Sniper", Chris Kyle was proven in a court of law to have been a liar and was likely a massive liar in several other tall tales he told all involving him killing lots of people, illegally, even Americans on American soil, got a bit of flack. I was challenged on not having seen the movie, though nothing I wrote about would have required having seen the movie, my topics being 1. that Kyle was a liar, which is not open to question, it being a fact as found in a court of law and 2. that Clint Eastwood was a total and dangerous crackpot and that he'd been a crackpot for decades, his film career encouraging the spread of his style of macho-violent, I would say openly fascistic, insanity.
Well, now we have Michael Moore confirming the story that Eastwood openly and, apparently, unprovoked threatened to kill him in front of an audience.
“Michael Moore and I actually have a lot in common,” Eastwood said from the stage. “We both appreciate living in a country where there’s free expression. But, Michael, if you ever show up at my front door with a camera, I’ll kill you.”
Moore corroborated the Examiner‘s story, saying that he laughed nervously along with the rest of the audience, thinking Eastwood was making a joke.
“Having just experienced a half-dozen assaults in the previous year from crazies upset at Fahrenheit 9/11 and my anti-war Oscar speech, plus the attempt by a right wing extremist to blow up my house (he was caught in time and went to prison), I was a bit stunned to hear Eastwood, out of the blue, make such a violent statement,” Moore wrote.
However, he stated, the audience’s mood changed when Eastwood repeated the threat, saying, “I mean it. I’ll shoot you.”
Moore compared Eastwood’s remarks to not only statements made by conservative commentators like Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly, but the torrent of criticism he has received since referring to snipers as “cowards” in response to Eastwood’s most recent movie, American Sniper.
“This past week or so of hysterical attacks on me only proves that the American lovers of violence and the issuers of fatwas in OUR society haven’t gone away,” Moore wrote. “They are our American Isis – ‘Criticize or mock those whom we deify, like our sainted sniper, and we will harm you most assuredly.’”
On top of that I listened to this statement by Noam Chomsky about the media treatment of the movie, glowing reviews in the New York Time and The New Yorker, etc.
That the NYT review which he read from began by slamming "coastal intelligensia" AS IT WAS PUBLISHED IN NEW YORK CITY shows that they don't even try to make it cohere anymore, they just push buttons.
For media of the stature of the New York Times and The New Yorker to push the heroism of a massive liar and fascist, who, if he were not lying murdered people in the dozens if not more, pushing fascist propaganda is stunning even for those of us who don't really expect much more from the fraudulently sold upper end of the corporate media. The New York Times sold the invasion of Iraq with lies, after all, they are up to their expensive hair cuts in blood.
Chomsky's noting that there is a clear cult of Nazism within the military sniper "community" is especially disturbing. If that is known and the president doesn't make an attempt to de-Nazify the military, we are in a lot more trouble than I thought before.
Hollywood is leading us into the abyss, Hollywood and the free press who have been given a license to lie. They're using it to lead this country to fascism as certainly as those members of the German, Italian and Japanese elites and intelligentsias who led those countries into fascism beginning just about ninety four years ago in promotion of nationalism and the deification of their respective military cults.