Hollywood and War

Thanks to Naked Capitalism for linking us to a recent episode of the in-depth Al Jazeera news program Empire, which examines the relationship between Hollywood movies and the US Defense Department.

The program explores (with real precision) many different movies, including Top Gun, Charlie Wilson’s War, and Windtalkers. It also features interviews with Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, and Christopher Hedges. A very important piece of thoughtful journalism. Really — take 45 minutes and watch the whole thing.

The best quote is from Mr. Hedges:

If you want to understand war, you have to step outside that armed unit with the sheer, unmitigated terror that is visited upon the innocent and the defenseless, who constitute the majority — ninety-five-plus percent — of those in a war zone.

And if you’re one of those people with a simplistic view of Al Jazeera being totally anti-American or whatever, consider the recent comments from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads, and the kind of stuff that we do on our news.

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