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Mickey Kaus on the silliness of the left-wing paranoia that the right is taking over Hollywood:

[A]re you worried about an "emerging network of right-wing people burrowing into the film industry with ulterior sectarian politican and religious agendas"? Maybe I’m complacent about the threat, but isn’t that a little like worrying about the growing anti-Zionist foothold at The New Republic? If you put Hollywoods’s entire network of right wing people in David Horowitz’s living room, you wouldn’t have much trouble getting to the hors d’oeuvre tray. If you tried to put Hollywood’s network of left wing people in the Los Angeles Convention Center, the fire marshal would close it down.

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I’m certainly not worried about the Right taking over Hollywood. Actually, I don’t think I spend any time fretting about Hollywood’s fate, one way or the other. That said, it’s easy enough to determine that Cunningham and his backers likely had some plans, at least initially, to produce a piece that strayed pretty far from the facts. There are enough facts known about the situation - I don’t see the secretive, conspiratorial angle.

David L. Cunningham is the son of Loren Cunningham, who runs a conservative evangelical group called Youth With a Mission (YWAM). David runs an auxiliary YWAM group called The Film Institute (if their name is indicative of their creativity, no one has anything to worry about!). According to this YWAM report page, "[o]ne goal of TFI is to fast-track UofN School of Digital Film interns, placing them within the film industry, not to give them jobs, but so that they can begin to impact and transform Hollywood from the inside out." That the film was heavily promoted (if not financed in some way) by David Horowitz’s Liberty Film Festival people is clear enough, and they touted it as a get-Clinton film, and most obviously, sent promo copies primarily to conservative magazines and bloggers who would applaud it for precisely that reason, the film’s loose adherence to actual facts notwithstanding. A fictionalized portrayal of events leading up to 9/11 is, at the very least, not terribly helpful, especially when it gets billed as a just-the-facts docudrama.

There is no such thing as creative license to invent falsehoods about people; I don’t care who you are, you don’t have that right.

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