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SUV Foe Norman Lear Has 21-Car Garage
Newsmax ^ | January 9, 2003 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 01/09/2003 10:33:59 AM PST by Paul Atreides

Leading Hollywood liberal Norman Lear, who helped fund TV ads hitting the air this week charging that gas-guzzling SUV owners are actively funding terrorists, isn't much of an energy conservationist himself, judging by the 21-car garage he added to his Los Angeles estate five years ago.

The SUV foe's garage is "built to hold 21 cars and stands 45 feet tall," according to a Los Angeles Times report on the environmentally offensive structure. "Lear's neighbors in Sullivan Canyon contend that the structure, complete with a tennis court atop, was built in violation of city height restrictions and with misrepresentations about its size," the paper added.

"Lear's parking garage has ruined the aesthetics of the wooded canyon and blocked [his neighbors'] views," said the Times, which described Sullivan Canyon as "a quiet enclave that abuts state parkland."

"We're going to have this aircraft carrier deck out there. It's incredibly ugly," complained Lear neighbor Gene Albrecht. "It looks like a helicopter landing pad," said Rob Deutschman, another resident who opposed the SUV hater's exhaust-belching structure.

A November 2002 LA Times report said that Lear's garage held 24 cars, though it's unclear whether the additional parking space means Lear had unloaded a few of his larger gas guzzlers or enlarged his garage with three new stalls.

The anti-SUV ads bankrolled in part by Lear were put together by political gadfly Arianna Huffington, who calls her attack on gas-guzzlers "the Detroit Project." Narrated by a young girl, the commercials attempt to paint SUV owners as aiders and abettors of the 9/11 terrorists.

"This is George," the girl begins. "This is the gas that George bought for his SUV." The screen flashes a map of the Middle East. "These are the countries where the executives bought the oil that made the gas that George bought for his SUV." Cut to video of armed terrorists in a desert. "And these are the terrorists who get money from those countries every time George fills up his SUV."

A second Huffington-Lear ad taunts, "What is your SUV doing to our national security?" according to the Chicago Tribune.

On Wednesday, Huffington got into an on-air tussle with nationally syndicated radio talker Sean Hannity, who called her on the carpet for her own gas-guzzling ways and whose producer, James Grisham, first unearthed the 1998 LA Times report on Lear.

"Arianna Huffington, you were married to a very wealthy man, you're a very wealthy woman yourself," noted Hannity. "How many private planes have you flown in, in your life?"

"What does this have to do with the SUV ads," the energy conservation crusader sputtered, before admitting, "I have ridden private planes. They're not planes that I own. They're planes that were going somewhere in any case."

Hannity also asked Huffington her how large her California mansion was and how much oil she used to heat and cool it, to which the political gadfly responded, "That's none of your business."

After Huffington refused to detail any more of her personal energy consumption habits, Hannity unearthed a 1997 LA Times report revealing that her California home tipped the scales at 9,000 square feet.


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to which the political gadfly responded, "That's none of your business."

Yet, the ignorant cow is making what other people drive, HER business!

1 posted on 01/09/2003 10:33:59 AM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides
Nothing like liberal elitist hypocrisy to make the day brighter.
2 posted on 01/09/2003 10:35:09 AM PST by AD from SpringBay
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To: Paul Atreides
to which the political gadfly responded, "That's none of your business." BUSTED...
3 posted on 01/09/2003 10:37:28 AM PST by kellynla
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To: Paul Atreides
Hell hath no fury greater than a woman who has turned her husband gay!!!!
4 posted on 01/09/2003 10:38:55 AM PST by evolved_rage (Kill a commie for mommie)
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To: Paul Atreides
This reminds me of a Robert Redford comment. Someone asked the environmentalist why he was against people owning SUVs when he himself owned one. He remarked that it was okay for him to drive one since he used it for "exploring."

In other words it's okay to rip through the forest in a truck -- just don't use it on the roadways.

5 posted on 01/09/2003 10:40:35 AM PST by inkling
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To: Paul Atreides
That 21 gun car garage would make an excellent homeless shelter (and I'm sure it's heated).
6 posted on 01/09/2003 10:40:56 AM PST by widowithfoursons
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To: Paul Atreides
ahhhh another Streisandanista case of "do as I say, not as I do"
7 posted on 01/09/2003 10:41:10 AM PST by amused (an insane man never questions his sanity)
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To: Paul Atreides
Lear and Huffington are asses. This story is so absurd that it almost seems like "Onion" material.
8 posted on 01/09/2003 10:41:31 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: inkling
Yeah, go tearing through the forest, running over animals and plants, rather than keeping it on the asphalt.
9 posted on 01/09/2003 10:41:35 AM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides
What? Lear is polluting aesthetics with his garage? This sounds series.
10 posted on 01/09/2003 10:42:29 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: 1Old Pro
Isn't it amazing how, when you see a story that is more outlandish than the Onion, it turns out to be about a lefty?
11 posted on 01/09/2003 10:42:45 AM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides
Typical Liberals
12 posted on 01/09/2003 10:42:50 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Space Available for Rent or Lease by the Day, Week, or Month. Reasonable Rates. Inquire within.)
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To: inkling
and the Warren Beaty comment that politicians and
the rich had no business being in politics to which
a reporter asked ..".aren't you rich...does this mean you will forgo a salary to make a picture "
Beaty grinned,and dropped his presidential quest

lastly,Huffington conservative ? as much as Blix is
an inspector,I guess.
13 posted on 01/09/2003 10:43:36 AM PST by cactusSharp
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To: Paul Atreides
"These are the countries where the executives bought the oil that made the gas that George bought for his SUV."

Sounds like an argument for drilling in ANWR. I'm sure Lear and Huffington would support that.

14 posted on 01/09/2003 10:43:46 AM PST by mountaineer (Just gave my SUV a bath, and it looks swell!)
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To: Paul Atreides
Don't Kias and Nissans and Hondas use gasoline to operate? And, based on Huffington, Lear, etc.'s commercial (and their way of thinking) ... does this mean the eighteen wheelers transporting goods across the U.S. for consumers every where are also contributing to terrorism?
15 posted on 01/09/2003 10:44:49 AM PST by zeaal
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To: Paul Atreides
They had Lawrence Bender from the Detroit Project on Cavuto last night bashing SUVs, promoting the ads, etc. So Cavuto asks Bender "So driving a gas-guzzler aids terrorists?".
"Yep".
"So," asked Cavuto, "what do you drive?"
"A Mercedes", answered Bender.
"That's not exactly a fuel-efficient car" noted Cavuto.
"Yes," answered a sheepish Bender, "but I have a Toyota Prius on order."

In other words, he belatedly realized the exposure of his blatant hypocrisy and is now trying to do damage control. But it's too late, Lawrence, you're busted.

16 posted on 01/09/2003 10:45:22 AM PST by Sender
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To: Paul Atreides
Conservation? Thats for the little people. Well arrianna and Norman we have finally caught on to your little scam. It ain't gonna work. We should start outing other so called conservationists like the folks down at the Sierra Club and Greenpeace.
17 posted on 01/09/2003 10:47:35 AM PST by tom paine 2
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To: Sender
I'll never forget the mention of Al "destroy the internal combustion engine" Gore out pressing the flesh at, of all things, a NASCAR event!
18 posted on 01/09/2003 10:47:39 AM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: cactusSharp
"...lastly,Huffington conservative ?

Are Gold Diggers bad for the environment?

19 posted on 01/09/2003 10:48:04 AM PST by Ditto
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To: Paul Atreides
And the liberal media reports it as if it were totally legitimate and NEVER ask the tough questions which would reveal the hypocrisy and flush the effort down the toilet where it belongs.

Lear and Huffington should be being LAUGHED AT by ANYONE who thinks.

20 posted on 01/09/2003 10:48:13 AM PST by 1Old Pro (Lear's garage is tempeature controlled do HE is funding terrorism.)
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To: Paul Atreides
I wonder what the Drug Czar thinks of the HuffingandPuffington advert that makes a mockery of the WoD PSA.
21 posted on 01/09/2003 10:48:27 AM PST by Fred Mertz (DO NOT REMOVE THIS TAG UNDER PENALTY OF LAW)
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To: Paul Atreides
RUSH'S LINE about Huffington "She's not out to get SUV's, she's out to lunch".....LOL
22 posted on 01/09/2003 10:49:14 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Paul Atreides
Yep, as I said on the SUV=terrorism string, the whole idea is to get the peasants onto the buses, back in the fields, and into the shanties where they belong.

Hell, I don't even blame them, up to a point. It burns my cookies, too, when some yahoo in a crew-cab pickup cuts off my Benz on the street. The difference, of course, is that I lack the exquisitely refined creativity exhibited by media-crats like Lear, Huffington, Baldwin, and the usual cast of eco-wacky hypocrites. I therefore lack the capacity to delude myself into inventing a class-affiliation that would allow me to pretend that technology, wealth, and public roads exist for my benefit alone.

23 posted on 01/09/2003 10:50:01 AM PST by atomic conspiracy
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To: zeaal
Not to mention yachts, pickup trucks, busses, private jets, snowmobiles, Sea-Doos, etc. Are Arianna and Norman going to ask Hollywood to give up their favorite toys? I guarantee you that the average A-list actor blows more money on gas and oil in a year than the average SUV-owner family does in a lifetime.
24 posted on 01/09/2003 10:50:31 AM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides
Huffington was on television bitching about the amount of imported oil SUV’s use. Sad that she was not reminded that her ex-husbands money came from HUFFCO which has huge holdings in Indonesia.
25 posted on 01/09/2003 10:52:57 AM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon
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To: zeaal
"does this mean the eighteen wheelers transporting goods across the U.S. for consumers every where are also contributing to terrorism?"

If buying gasoline supports terrorism, then anyone who buys it is supporting terrorism - just to different extents - even it's a small car. But only if you believe this crap.

26 posted on 01/09/2003 10:53:06 AM PST by Badray
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To: Paul Atreides
It might have been a better campaign for them if they were to just encourage Americans to purchase gasoline from oil companies based in the U.S. (And may have been better accepted.)
27 posted on 01/09/2003 10:55:52 AM PST by zeaal
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon
I read that she is doing this PRECISELY because her husband is in oil. A little payback.
28 posted on 01/09/2003 10:56:56 AM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides
While we're on the subject, how about somebody at Newsmax finds out how many Congress critters and Senators have taken a tax break on the purchase of luxury SUVs. Inquiring minds want to know...
29 posted on 01/09/2003 10:58:25 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Paul Atreides
Arianna Huffington and every other Prius owner gets a $2000 tax credit for buying that bi-fuel car. Their do goodism is financed by the rest of us' taxes. That's how targeted tax breaks work when liberals propose them.
30 posted on 01/09/2003 10:58:32 AM PST by RicocheT
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To: Paul Atreides
Paul: Maybe the average A-list actor just blows. Why would anyone watch their stupid movies or give a rats-ass what they say or think?
31 posted on 01/09/2003 10:58:44 AM PST by jsraggmann
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To: Paul Atreides

People with flaccid body parts. And brains to match.

32 posted on 01/09/2003 10:58:55 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Is this tag line cool?)
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To: Paul Atreides
In 1999 President Clinton bestowed the National Medal of the Arts on Mr. Lear, declaring, "Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American Society and changed the way we look at it."

Mr. Lear's non-profit activities include founding of People for the American Way, The Business Enterprise Trust, the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Southern California, and most recently, of The Lear Center, a multidisciplinary research and public policy center exploring implications of the convergence of entertainment, commerce, and society.

Mr. Lear is married to Lyn Davis Lear and has six children: Maggie, Ellen, Kate, Benjamin, Brianna, and Madeline. Aish.com interviewed him in his office in Beverly Hills.

33 posted on 01/09/2003 11:01:23 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Paul Atreides
45' tall : I'll bet she has one of these on order.

Another day .. another example of liberal-scumbag hypocrisy revealed. I think I'll go run over some bunnies in my 4X4 "exploring" the countryside.

34 posted on 01/09/2003 11:02:14 AM PST by Centurion2000 (Islam and Arabs = uncivilized barbarians.)
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To: Paul Atreides
All of this is great exposure of hypocracy, but I think it also unveils the bigger point, which, IMHO, is the fact that the ads were never really about SUVs and US energy dependency in the first place. The ads were really about taking a dig at Dubya and his war on terrorism/drugs. Somebody came up with what seemed like a great idea -- using the same buzz words, look and approach in an ad Dubya is behind but use them to attack what they think is a Bush/GOP sacred cow. The idea was to make him and his terrorism/drug policy look stupid. They got SO excited about the thing it never occurred to them that they might actually be herding themselves into the same corral.

This was all about making Bush look stupid and it's backfiring big time!!! Why didn't it work? Because they still think they have a monopoly on the media -- that's why!
35 posted on 01/09/2003 11:03:52 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Edwards sucks.)
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To: Paul Atreides
SUV Foe Norman Lear Has 21-Car Garage

C'mon folks ... give the guy a break. He probably owns 20 or so electric cars.

/sarcasm

36 posted on 01/09/2003 11:04:02 AM PST by al_c
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To: RicocheT
Luxury SUV buyers are presently getting bigger tax breaks than that. How does that sit with you?
37 posted on 01/09/2003 11:04:12 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Paul Atreides
Al "destroy the internal combustion engine" Gore out pressing the flesh at, of all things, a NASCAR event

In June 2000 I freeped Gore at an appearance in Pittsburgh. I could tell he had arrived at the hotel (for a $1000 a plate lunch) when about 20 Chevy Suburbans pulled up, along with the limousine from which Mr. Earth in the Balance emerged. When Al Gore arrives anywhere in a Ford Focus, I'll take him - and the rest of the anti-internal combustion crowd - seriously.

38 posted on 01/09/2003 11:04:22 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: zeaal
I wrote and asked Huffington how many homes she owned. She did not answer. I guess a 9,000 square foot mansion answers it all.
39 posted on 01/09/2003 11:05:23 AM PST by paguch
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To: Centurion2000
There are plenty of other reasons to avoids SUVs like the plague. Most of them can be summed up in two words: crash compatability. And when the legal weasels find a way to get in on that angle, the manufacturers and any owners involved in a crash better hold onto their wallets.
40 posted on 01/09/2003 11:06:25 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: paguch
What is Huffington's e-mail address? I may need to ask about what type of car I should purchase?
41 posted on 01/09/2003 11:07:30 AM PST by elephant
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To: mountaineer
>>...Sounds like an argument for drilling in ANWR...<<

Amen!

We should run ads that say "If you are against drilling in ANWR or offshore, you support terrorists"

42 posted on 01/09/2003 11:07:47 AM PST by FReepaholic
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To: Paul Atreides
NBC's Dan Lothian and Huffington:

Lothian began: "On the crowded highway of giant SUVs,
columnist Arianna Huffington took an exit, trading in her
gas-guzzling Lincoln Navigator for a 50-mile-per-gallon Toyota
Prius hybrid."
Arianna Huffington: "Now I was after all driving that SUV
without connecting the dots, without being conscious of the impact
it was having."
Lothian: "Figuring no one else was connecting the dots either,
Huffington hooked up with some Hollywood heavyweights to produce
three TV spots with a high level of shock value. In this spot, the
evolution of George's gas purchase leads to the creation of
terrorists."
Clip of ad: "-get money from those countries every time George
fills up his SUV."
Huffington: "We need to be equating driving gas-guzzling SUVs
with supporting our oil addiction and our dependence on nations
that are supporting terrorism."
Clip of ad, person #1: "I helped our enemies develop weapons
of mass destruction."
Clip of ad, person #2: "I helped hijack an airplane."
Lothian: "The so-called Detroit Project is a parody of the
edgy government-supported anti-drug ads. The in-your-face
campaign, so far supported by small donations, is only partially
aimed at consumers. The real targets? Oil companies and their
dependence on foreign suppliers and automakers who build the SUVs
that guzzle gas. Washington, D.C., and Detroit are two of the four
markets where the spots will air, an attempt to influence
lawmakers and the auto industry. But is the premise from tank to
terrorist a stretch?

Huffington's Web page: http://www.ariannaonline.com/suv

A key point overlooked by the media: The argument of the anti-
drug ads is that even casual drug users support terrorism, that it
isn't how much you support terrorism through drug use but that you
do. By that logic, driving a 50 mpg car using gas imported from
the Middle East is no less bad than driving a 15 mpg truck, to say
nothing of how an SUV owner who only drives 15 miles per day uses
less gas than a hybrid owner who drives 70 miles per day.

But on Wednesday's The View, the ABC daytime show, Joy Behar
had the best line. After former CBS News reporter Meredith Viera
ludicrously described Huffington as "the conservative author and
columnist," a perspective Huffingon long ago abandoned in her
successful quest for media approval, Behar quipped: "I'd like to
make a pledge today: If I see a terrorist in the Hamptons I'm
going to run him down with my SUV."

http://www.mediaresearch.org/cyberalerts/2003/cyb20030109.asp Thursday January 9, 2003 (Vol. Eight; No. 5)
43 posted on 01/09/2003 11:08:44 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: evolved_rage
Hell hath no fury greater than a woman who has turned her husband gay!!!!

A comment worth repeating! Good job.

44 posted on 01/09/2003 11:09:08 AM PST by Mike K
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To: Centurion2000

The Cadillac Sixteen -- Do your patriotic duty!

45 posted on 01/09/2003 11:10:02 AM PST by Starrgaizr
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To: tscislaw
"We should run ads that say "If you are against drilling in ANWR or offshore, you support terrorists"

Yes, yes, yes. GEAT ad idea!

46 posted on 01/09/2003 11:10:26 AM PST by zeaal
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To: elephant
Huffington's Web page: http://www.ariannaonline.com/suv
47 posted on 01/09/2003 11:11:34 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: Paul Atreides
I wonder if Little Miss Green Acres is following the McCain Strategy: call thyself a Republican, then bash the GOP, become a media darling, and perhaps get one's own show. Or maybe she is just the GOP version of celebrity Democrats: rich, shallow, and going to extremes to "make a difference".
48 posted on 01/09/2003 11:12:19 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: al_c
I thought I read Lear has a Rolls Royce collection.
49 posted on 01/09/2003 11:13:39 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Paul Atreides
Not reported in The New Marx Times or the Boston Glob. More than coincidence...?
50 posted on 01/09/2003 11:21:58 AM PST by pabianice
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