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The 4 Most Outrageous Lies in Robert Redford’s New Pro-Terrorist Movie

A big wet kiss for the Maoist cult that declared war on AmeriKKKa.

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John Boot

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April 7, 2013 - 2:00 pm
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In The Company You Keep, Robert Redford stars in as well as directs a story of an ex-Weather Underground radical who has been living quietly as a public-interest lawyer in upstate New York for more than 30 years. His true identity is discovered by an annoying reporter (Shia LaBeouf) after the apprehension of one of his co-conspirators (Susan Sarandon), who was one of four terrorists who robbed a bank and murdered several security guards in the process.

Redford, that noted “liberal activist,” shows where his sympathies truly are. This is a movie that argues:

1. The Weathermen were fighting for peace.

The Company You Keep begins with a montage of real news clips (and a fake one) edited together to tell the story that the Weather Underground grew out of the antiwar group Students for a Democratic Society and that its activities were meant to end the Vietnam War by “bringing the war home.” Nonsense. The Weathermen loved war and wanted more of it. They were a murderous group of Black Power and Marxist revolutionaries bent on the violent overthrow of the United States. After the 1970 accidental explosion that killed several terrorists who blew themselves up with their own bombs in a downtown New York City townhouse, the true intent of the bombs was revealed: They were meant to be used to blow up a library on the campus of Columbia University. Not exactly a military target.

2. Terrorism is a noble, romantic calling.

Throughout the film, but particularly in a sentimental scene in which the Redford character meets an old comrade (Richard Jenkins) who is now a professor at the University of Michigan, the Weathermen are portrayed as legendary figures who may have gone slightly too far but were driven by idealism. Redford even tells the young reporter played by LaBeouf that he’s such a smart guy that “30 years ago, you would have joined the Movement.” As if terrorism ever drew the best and brightest.

3. The press is hostile to left-wing radicals.

The Shia LaBeouf figure, a gung-ho young reporter for the Albany paper, is meant to stand in for all the nasty journalists who have tormented groups like the Weathermen and associated ’60s radicals like Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Kathy Boudin over the years. Redford’s character Jim Grant upbraids the reporter, sarcastically, as being “fair and balanced.” Except these terrorists have gotten nothing but love from the media, academia, and fashionable leftists such as Barack and Michelle Obama, who have been friends with Ayers and his wife Dohrn for many years and have gotten a free pass on the matter from the entire mainstream media. Let us not ever forget the notoriously sympathetic article about Ayers (who said “I don’t regret setting bombs” and “I feel we didn’t do enough”)  that ran in the New York Times the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

4. There is a legitimate debate over whether what the Weathermen did was right.

The film maintains a “scrupulously ethical balance in contemplating domestic terrorism,” noted the New York Times, which got that much right. Yes, this is one of those moral-equivalence movies that says terrorist violence is justified in the U.S. because the U.S. is a horrible country. The character played by Susan Sarandon is obviously based on Kathy Boudin, who was present at the Weathermen’s townhouse explosion in 1970 and, 11 years later, participated in the Brink’s bank robbery in Nanuet, New York, during which her gang murdered a security guard and two policemen. (The Vietnam War, of course, had been over for years, which gives the lie to the film’s claim that the Southeast Asia conflict was anything but a pretext for the terrorist network.)

In the film’s centerpiece segment, Sarandon’s character bewitches LaBeouf by explaining her actions (which she doesn’t regret) as a legitimate response to a U.S. government that “murdered millions of people.” She insists: “We made mistakes but we were right,” and the film portrays her much more sympathetically than the journalist investigating the story. She cites the My Lai massacre, local police’s opposition to the Selma civil rights march, Kent State, and Jackson State as examples. But the U.S. government, of course, did not commit or condone murder in any of these incidents, and the Weathermen’s decade-long violent spree was nothing but sheer savagery. Sarandon’s answer, and the movie’s? Look no farther than this classic line: “Yeah, well, dissent could be dicey.”

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Additional coverage at PJ Media of Robert Redford’s film:

Rick Richman: Film Review: The Company You Keep

Ron Radosh: A Hollywood and Academic Rehab for Black Panther Revolutionaries and New Left Terrorists

Mary Grabar: Your Money: Redford’s Glorified Murderers, or Hero Who Stopped Them?

Oleg Atbashian: Larry Grathwohl, Hero

Ed Driscoll: Two Redfords In One

John Boot is the pen name of a conservative writer operating under deep cover in the liberal media.

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I lived on a large university campus in 1970. The Weathermen were Communists and wanted to be mass murderers. The only thing that stopped them from their goal was incompetence.
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“We made mistakes but we were right,” This would apply to the US effort in Viet Nam much more than the Weathermen's efforts in the US. The US was on the right side in the Cold War and in Viet Nam. One can argue that strategically or tactically the war was not worth fighting. But at the en
d of the day it is clear that

1. Communism is the most murderous and evil political force in world history.
2. The US military and the US have been the greatest force for freedom in World history. Whether this continues during and after Obama is open to debate. ha!
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Just for the record there was a point to the whole exercise. Following the 'TET Offensive' in 1968 the guerrilla movement in the south ceased to exist. And in 1973 the North surrendered and went home. Soon after so did we. In 1975 the North RE-Invaded the South but Congress was so involved in Watergate that they reneged on our treaty obligations and left the south to twist in the wind.
So in the end, the Liberals started the war. The Troops and the Conservatives WON the war. And the liberals turned around and gave it all away. Making it a wasted effort. There's a lesson in there somewhere.
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John, I spent from 1967 when I was preparing to start my Infiltration until I surfaced in 1970 with the Radical SDS both RYM! and RYM2
They are hardcore bloody Bolsheviks without regard for the safety or lives of anyone in their path of violence.
The conspiracy to blow up Barton Hall on the Cornell Campus while a combined drill of all branches of the ROTC were drilling at the same time, shows the murderous intent of the RYM 1 (Weathermen). That would have been approximately 400 cadets on the floor at the same time.
There were many more such conspiracies we were able to prevent from within and still keep my radical revolutionary cover. For the one that got away from us. The left Press has turned the blame on us ignoring the findings of two Special Prosecutors from the Attorney General's Office cleared us of any wrong doing after a year long investigation. Cronkite coined the term "Agent Provocateur" to color his abusive news casts a bright yellow to favor his leanings to the Left.
Looking back from today, the slower revolutionary RYM2 with their Community Organization resolution has turned out more successful and deadly to our Country, than the Weathermen could have ever been.

Want to contact me ? ask Scott Ott, he knows me personally
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Hopefully no one will go to this fairy tale and maybe this could be the end of Redford and his BS. Imagine Redford and Hanoi Jane walking off into the sunset.
We can only hope.
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I don't hold any brief for the Weathermen. Weather never killed anyone but themselves. That is true. But it wasn't for lack of trying, especially in early 1970. And incompetence is not a very good defense.

But I'd also say that--despite the author-- in Vietnam, My Lai style incidents were in some places standard operating procedure. The number of civilian dead in Vietnam between 1965 and 1975 is put by most scholars at about 3,000,000. Let's say the real number is half that (it isn't). That would still be 1500 civilians killed *each week*.

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The article inspires no confidence when it gets the target of the most famous event in Weatherman history WRONG. The bomb that blew up the Townhouse Collective was not aimed at students at Columbia University; it was planned for a non-commissioned officers' dance at Ft. Dix, New Jersey.

Weatherman had been interested in Ft. Dix since the previous autumn, because of a prisoners' riot there the previous summer, and had tried to have a massive violent demonstration there in October.

These are BASIC facts about the group. The author clearly knows very little about them.
1 year ago
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They must have used a lot of putty on Redford's face to make him acceptable to the camera.
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Redford and Sarandon in the same movie? Talk about box office snake-eyes!!
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Redford has already tried this kind of political "theater" before with "Lions For Lambs". I suspect this will do just as well as aging left wing academia as prevalent as they may seem to be are still about .0003% of the general populace. While they may make it required viewing for their course, .003% students still loses 25-39 million $ despite any Oscars it may be gifted.
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The bright side to the making of this movie is that it should put an end to any ambitions Redford might have for running for office (outside of whatever rich, liberal enclave he lives in).

I say should - if it doesn't, we're even farther down the rabbit hole than I thought.
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Actually, this article shows the problem with identity politics too: if you allow it to speak for you, you have bought it, or if you lay down with dogs you are going to get fleas.

Guilt by association is when you have no choice of the association. When you choose an association well, you bought it.

The Lefties always try that one too.
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I would suggest a better way to make the first argument is that the Weatherman movement were not peace activists but advocates of a North Vietnamese victory.
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