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The 4 Most Outrageous Lies in Robert Redford’s New Pro-Terrorist Movie
Pajamas Media ^ | 04/08/2013 | John Boot

Posted on 04/08/2013 9:07:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

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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



TOPICS: History; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cleaningupterrorists; companyyoukeep; domesticterrorists; revisionisthistory; robertredford; terrorism; weatherunderground

1 posted on 04/08/2013 9:07:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I want to know what Ebert thinks of the movie.


2 posted on 04/08/2013 9:13:41 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: saganite

Two daisies up.


3 posted on 04/08/2013 9:18:16 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: SeekAndFind

“His true identity is discovered by an annoying reporter (Shia LaBeouf)”

Do you really need to include the adjective “annoying” when the role is played by Shia LaBeouf?


4 posted on 04/08/2013 9:18:21 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Lancey Howard

*snicker*


5 posted on 04/08/2013 9:20:49 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: saganite
I want to know what Ebert thinks of the movie.

You might have to join this group to find out...


6 posted on 04/08/2013 9:22:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If America was such an evil country, Bill Ayers would have reached room temperature decades ago, yet to this very day he is a free man.


7 posted on 04/08/2013 9:23:00 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s the point of this movie? No one watches a movie sympathetic to terrorists unless they already agree with Ayers, Obama, and the rest of the violent far-left fringe. Decent Americans would watch “Act of Valor”, for a movie about terrorists, and they would not be caught dead among the lice-infested Occupy crowd patronizing this movie.


8 posted on 04/08/2013 9:23:06 AM PDT by Pollster1 (A war can only be just if it is fought with a reasonable chance of success.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“As if terrorism ever drew the best and brightest.”

Right.

I was at Kent when all that was going on. The KSU people involved and symathetic to it were the most out-of-it losers and could easily be mistaken for homeless druggies.

At it’s worst, the campus was crawling with these filthy vermin none of us knew...most of whom were NOT Kent State students. Cars with out-of-state plates were absolutely everywhere!


9 posted on 04/08/2013 9:29:09 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Shoulda...


10 posted on 04/08/2013 9:29:34 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: saganite

I am sure Michael Moore will get married to this movie.


11 posted on 04/08/2013 9:33:44 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: Pollster1

I wonder if Ayers finally admitting publicly that he had the fundraiser for Obama after it was denied during Obama’s first campaign is timed with his “vindication” in this movie?


12 posted on 04/08/2013 9:36:51 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: SeekAndFind
The costar Susan Sarandon named her son Jack Henry after Communist Party member and murderer Jack Henry Abbott. Norman Mailer and others got him released from prison and introduced him to the literary world. He soon stabbed a man to death in a NYC restaurant. Sarandon also called the Pope a “NAZI” and worked with Cindy Sheehan, Occupy and other leftist causes.

Redford has also long been a leftist and has supported Communist causes.

13 posted on 04/08/2013 9:37:16 AM PDT by detective
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To: SeekAndFind

I stopped going to see and renting movies a long time ago. A majority of the actoes/ actresses are either queers or communists and the money I spend on the movies will be used to kill me. And why should I give them my money to be used to kill me with?


14 posted on 04/08/2013 9:45:32 AM PDT by sport
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To: SeekAndFind
This 5 minute video connects Ayers, Obama and the Weather Underground.


15 posted on 04/08/2013 10:02:17 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

They don’t make movies to entertain, and then throw in a little plug for their cause.
They make movies to promote a cause, to convince millions to think their way. The story line is designed to keep a person watching and to turn off their critical thinking, while the true purpose of the film is fulfilled - getting their bias into the mind of the viewer.

(there’s not a whole of critical thinking going on in the USA anyway)


16 posted on 04/08/2013 10:02:31 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: sport
Good point.

We are so chained by our habits that came as a result of Television programs and the many movies there.

The habit of entertaining our self night and day.

People before TV were readers. Some still are, but it is a few compared to before the advent of television.

Monies spent by the government are wasted in huge amounts. We get no positive results for half or more of the total spent. Some are pocketing fortunes. The people/taxpayers get no accounting of billions, excuse me trillions of dollars.

Stupid of us to allow it.

How far we have fallen.

America was the land of milk and honey with opportunity and liberty for those willing to risk and work hard, based on being a Christian nation, and God blessing America with a hedge. MO.

Amazing really.

17 posted on 04/08/2013 10:14:23 AM PDT by geologist ("If you love me, keep my commands" .... John 14 :15)
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To: SeekAndFind

The indoctrination assault knows no bounds.

We watched the latest episode of Blue Bloods the other night.

Seems a pretty college age girl is strangled.
She comes from a devout Catholics family.

The love of her life, unrequited, is a young Muslim man. The Muslim has a virulent Muslim older brother.
Of course the virulent brother is suspected but no...

Turns out the virulent bro was accosted by some rednecks when he was 12. Right after 9/11. Scarred for life.

And the father of the girl killed her.

So in the episode we have a complete role reversal .
We/ the US created the virulent and the father committed the honor killing.

Made me want to forget a show that we have liked for a couple years.


18 posted on 04/08/2013 10:32:11 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Rusty0604
I wonder if Ayers finally admitting publicly that he had the fundraiser for Obama after it was denied during Obama’s first campaign is timed with his “vindication” in this movie?

I can't imagine a decent person arguing that terrorism can be good, but a lot of Obama supporters are open to that argument. America is in grave danger unless we can make a better case for our side than Robert Redford, Karl Marx, and Barack Obama are making for communism and terrorism as a basis for the powerful to rule over the productive.

19 posted on 04/08/2013 11:09:15 AM PDT by Pollster1 (A war can only be just if it is fought with a reasonable chance of success.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d rather see ayers and dorn hung.


20 posted on 04/08/2013 12:14:06 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Guilty as hell,free as a bird..what a country.Ayers.

Hope this evil commie terrorist glorifying film

tanks big time.

Sure to be Best Pic of the year from the Hollywood

elites.


21 posted on 04/08/2013 4:07:12 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Pollster1

I wonder if this isn’t a prelude to justifying political violence.


22 posted on 04/08/2013 4:14:20 PM PDT by Cyclops08
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To: Cyclops08

leftists have long wanted to put us in concentration camps


23 posted on 04/08/2013 4:17:24 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: saganite; Lancey Howard

Two +!+s up!


24 posted on 04/08/2013 4:25:58 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.
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.
Sounds loosely based on Abbie Hoffman a.k.a.Barry Freed, who emerged from hiding (and remember, during his time in hiding he managed to maintain his name on a rent-controlled apartment in NYC by subleasing it to someone, a violation of the Rent Control Act); he discovered that he had reemerged into personal irrelevance, and eventually he committed suicide (good riddance). Jerry Rubin made an ass of himself once again by claiming that it wasn't suicide but murder.


25 posted on 04/11/2013 6:53:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Pollster1

Would Ayers and Obama Approve of Bombing/Terrorists if they bombed THEIR houses and killed them and their families? I DO NOT THINK SO! Such hypocrites!


26 posted on 04/20/2013 4:09:18 PM PDT by buffyt (I love Texas! I love Texas! I love Texas! I love Texas! I love Texas! I love Texas!)
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To: Pollster1

And the Boston Bombers/Terrorists went to college. Bill Ayers teaches in colleges. Enough said. He is encouraging more of this violence and killing....


27 posted on 04/20/2013 4:10:57 PM PDT by buffyt (I love Texas! I love Texas! I love Texas! I love Texas! I love Texas! I love Texas!)
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To: SeekAndFind

If conservatives acted like liberals think, Bill Ayers would have been beaten to death a long time ago.


28 posted on 04/20/2013 4:40:14 PM PDT by Octar
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