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‘The Bloody Company Hollywood Keeps’

March 31st, 2013 - 1:50 pm

That’s the title of Michelle Malkin’s latest syndicated column, on Robert Redford’s public embrace of Bill Ayers and his sclerotic radical chic politics — and the pretzel logic of the Hollywood executives who must now talk up his new film:

Bleeding-heart liberal Robert Redford is already the subject of early Oscar buzz. His much-hyped new film glamorizing the lives of Weather Underground domestic terrorists, “The Company You Keep,” will be released in the U.S. next week. But peace-loving moviegoers should save their money and take a stand.

Hollywood’s romanticizing of murderous radicals is an affront to decency. Redford and Company’s rose-colored hagiography of bloodstained killers defiles the memory of all those victimized by leftwing militants on American soil.

Tinseltown cheerleaders can’t stop gushing about Redford’s paean to gun-toting progressives, of course. Variety called the flick an “unabashedly heartfelt but competent tribute to 1960s idealism.” The entertainment daily effused: “There is something undeniably compelling, perhaps even romantic, about America’s ’60s radicals and the compromises they did or didn’t make.” One of the film executives promoting the Weather Underground movie slavered: “This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller about real Americans who stood for their beliefs, thinking they were patriots and defending their country’s ideals against their government.”

Shades of Oliver Stone defending another group that attacked the Pentagon, the 9/11 hijackers, in October of 2001. (Incidentally, September 11th, 2001 was the date the New York Times published their own infamous encomium to Bill Ayers, in a case of morbid synchronicity.)

Earlier: Two Redfords In One, from this past week, in which we spot Redford lionizing Ayers, and concurrently distancing himself from his legendary 1976 role as Bob Woodward.

(Originally posted this morning at Instapundit; a big thank you to both the Professor for allowing me to sit in, and to his stellar group of co-bloggers this past week.)

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If You Don't Agree Now, You Will Later.

People like Brad, Ayers, and Dohrn won't take No for an answer. Their self confidence and superior intellect (smile) tell them that they have the right answer for whatever problem they are interested in. They are better than the people who don't agree with them, and they don't mind using force when they can't get agreement.

Brad admitted that he would eventually force me to do things his way. Ayers and Dohrn knew that their cause justified blowing up their opponents. Dohrn does not understand what all the fuss is about; she only followed the path that she thought was right as a soldier for the good. The New York Times did a profile on Dohrn, quoting her: "I was shocked at the anger toward me."

Jonah Goldberg referred to some liberals who sympathized with Ayers and Dohrn. Those liberals understand that a vision of change may require coercion. They sympathize that Ayers and Dohrn were admirable in their goals and their willingness to take risks. Bombing was just a bit enthusiastic.
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