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Dull Paean: Showtime's "DC 9/11" is a Shameless Bush Booster
The Washington Post ^ | Sept. 6, 2003 | Tom Shales

Posted on 09/06/2003 9:28:38 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds

Simultaneously dull and disgraceful, "DC 9/11: Time of Crisis," a new Showtime movie, uses the tragic attack on America in 2001 as the basis for a reelection campaign movie on behalf of George W. Bush.

The film is an insult to those who perished in the attacks and, really, an insult to America generally, but it's so insanely boring that people aren't likely to become very outraged over it. Written by conservative Republican Lionel Chetwynd, who admits to a bias in Bush's favor, the film -- premiering on Showtime tomorrow night at 8 -- is primitive propaganda that portrays Bush as the noblest hero since Mighty Mouse.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dc911; shameless; tomshales
Saw this in the print edition... as you can tell from these two introductory paragraphs, this is a rather SHAMELESS slam by Tom Shales, a CNN-MaureenDowd-AnnaQuindlin-WalterCronkite wannabe liberal slime-master par-excellance. Notice he's quick to identify the the screenwriter as a Conservative Republican "who admits a bias in Bush's favor"... where is his admission of his own bias and the bias of so many of his fellow-travelers in the chattering class? Since I've only provided an exerpt, I decided I could get by without a "BARF" Alert -- I acutally think this is rather funny and fun! I'll look forward to the Showtime movie.
1 posted on 09/06/2003 9:28:38 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
I'll be watching - Showtime has one of my favorite programs right now (Dead Like Me), and decent boxing - a major twofer in my book.
2 posted on 09/06/2003 9:30:58 AM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine (Paleocons - defined as the French generals of the political world)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Hey, if all these 'Rat bastard liberals are this annoyed, the movie must be good! Yesterday, I read the most bile-filled rant from the Village Voice, comparing the movie (and the Bush administration) to Joseph Stalin. These leftists are absolutely nuts.
3 posted on 09/06/2003 9:31:17 AM PDT by SunStar (Democrats piss me off!)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Sounds wonderful!!
4 posted on 09/06/2003 9:35:31 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: SunStar
"Chetwynd is determined to show Bush and all the little Bushkins behaving like living saints. Even sinister adviser Karl Rove, the Dr. Strangelove (Strangerove?) of the administration"

Nope, no bias there.

I really wish I got Showtime - I would love to see this. Maybe it will come to the video store.

The liberals are in such a froth over this it must be really good. Like Rush says, when they are out of power it is the time they are most amusing.
5 posted on 09/06/2003 9:35:57 AM PDT by I still care
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
No, nope, no liberal bias in the media....

"Bush repeatedly demands he be taken to the White House as Air Force One flies aimlessly about on that horrible September day:"

Air Force One had an aim: The White House. They were just taking an indirect path for security reasons (what, you think they just wound up there by accident). But I guess the actual truth would spoil your hateful rant.
6 posted on 09/06/2003 9:37:18 AM PDT by Sofa King (-I am Sofa King- tired of liberal BS! http://www.angelfire.com/art2/sofaking/)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Well, I be dogged! Can't wait to watch it. Let the liberal rats howl and howl!
7 posted on 09/06/2003 9:39:29 AM PDT by countrydummy
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
This weenie is just mad 'cause there are no gay love scenes or PC overtones. This is a must view. Anytime a lib gets upset about a movie it MUST be good.

Mel Gibson...CALL YOUR OFFICE!

8 posted on 09/06/2003 9:48:15 AM PDT by jaz.357 (Homeland security MUST shut down PETA for funding the domestic terrorist organization ELF!)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Not that even-handed, fair-minded journalist Tom Shales? Don't tell me he's become political. Gosh such a loss to readers everywhere.

In all seriousness does anybody who can think read this moron's dribblings?

9 posted on 09/06/2003 9:48:43 AM PDT by muir_redwoods
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Hmmm .... makes you wonder how Shales reviewed "Primary Colors', "The American President", "The War Room", TV's "The West Wing", or even the old "PT 109" movie. I'm sure he must not have liked them either.
10 posted on 09/06/2003 9:49:32 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: I still care
Web pundit Megan McArdle, a.k.a. "Jane Galt," has promulgated Galt's Law Of Politics:

The Party In Power Is Smug And Arrogant.
The Party Out Of Power Is Insane.

It seems to work.

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11 posted on 09/06/2003 9:50:09 AM PDT by fporretto (This tagline is programming you in ways that will not be apparent for years. Forget! Forget!)
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To: Chi-townChief
VERY good point, Chi-TownChief! Hope you're enjoying those great pennant races in the Windy City. CubsFan4Life!
12 posted on 09/06/2003 9:58:45 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
If the liberals hate it that much, it becomes "Must See TV" for me!

May even tape it to show to my Democrat friends.

13 posted on 09/06/2003 9:59:22 AM PDT by capt. norm (You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
I'm enjoying them but, as my name implies, I'm a lifelong Tribe fan so wait 'til next year.
14 posted on 09/06/2003 10:06:20 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: muir_redwoods
In all seriousness does anybody who can think read this moron's dribblings?

Believe me, Mr. or Ms. Muir, I thought about this before posting... I was thinking "if a tree falls in the woods, does it make a noise" -- that's what I think about Shale's ramblings, but the huge 3 quarter of a page, above the fold headlining in today's Wash. Post made me respond. Shales is a fat slob, over-the-hill, voices in his head, has-been... but there are so many like him, like Jack Germond, the big gas-bag from the Baltimore Sun... I love the way Charles Krauthammer slices and dices him every week on Inside Washington, the local talking head show.

15 posted on 09/06/2003 10:10:11 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: redlipstick
Ping for the Showtime movie.

Shales thinks being a Bush supporter is a bad thing.



16 posted on 09/06/2003 10:13:25 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
'Tis a thing of great beauty to see liberals get so bent out of shape over the occassional pro-Right film (e.g. Red Dawn).
17 posted on 09/06/2003 10:21:05 AM PDT by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: cyncooper
Shales thinks being a Bush supporter is a bad thing.

And I think being Shales is a bad thing. I wish I had a national column to bash him.

18 posted on 09/06/2003 10:24:08 AM PDT by EllaMinnow (Never Forget.)
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To: SunStar
"Hey, if all these 'Rat bastard liberals are this annoyed, the movie must be good! Yesterday, I read the most bile-filled rant from the Village Voice, comparing the movie (and the Bush administration) to Joseph Stalin. These leftists are absolutely nuts."

Now, you damn well know that is a lie. If, Bush was like Stalin, they would be in love with him. They are Communists, don't ya know?

19 posted on 09/06/2003 10:29:25 AM PDT by auggy (http://home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-DownhomeKY /// Check out My USA Photo album & Fat Files)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Gee what an awful idea... presenting the President of the U.S. in a positive light. How unlike the hundreds of movies previous to this one shown on movie screens and tv sets in the last seventy years . I'm shocked, shocked I say that anyone would do such a dastardly thing. (/sarcasm)
20 posted on 09/06/2003 3:49:01 PM PDT by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
The only shameless bush is the one on Tom's head.
21 posted on 09/06/2003 4:00:36 PM PDT by CaptainK
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To: CaptainK; driftless; auggy; redlipstick; Southack; cyncooper
I hope you all got to see "DC 9-11" this evening... I thought it was rather compelling. Even though much of it was "known" and we've all seen the President's speeches a number of times, this was a very good reminder and recollection -- and, I suspect, a very fair account. Liberals like Tom Shales and the Village Voice may hate it, but George W. Bush was a true STATESMAN through all those travails, a real MAN. I just kept thinking throughout this retelling: I bet Clinton wishes he had an event like this in his sordid presidency to give it some meaning and to give him an opportunity to demonstrate his abilities, but I kept thinking: imagine Bubba and his band of baffoons trying to work their way through all the snakepits George W. and his able team had to confront. Thank the Lord we had GREAT leaders during that time of desperate need.

I thought it was a powerful portrayal -- I especially liked when they switched to the real W. at the end of his speech to the joint session of Congress -- there's the real LEADER! No actors or pretenders needed.

22 posted on 09/07/2003 7:52:25 PM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
I am glad I watched the movie. It showed me just what a leader GW Bush really is. I already knew this, but not to the extent that the movie showed me. What makes W more of a leader are the people he surrounds himself with. He takes advantage of their brains, ideas, funneled down to his final decision. Clinton surrounded himself with a bunch of losers, which is what he is. George W. Bush is without a doubt one of the greatest leaders of the history of this country. He may very well be the greatest.
23 posted on 09/08/2003 4:36:11 AM PDT by auggy (http://home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-DownhomeKY /// Check out My USA Photo album & Fat Files)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Even those predisposed to accept the movie's fanciful version of what happened will be hard-pressed to see it through to the end. Overlong at two hours-plus, the film bogs down repeatedly in meetings -- meetings of the Cabinet, meetings of the war cabinet, meetings at Camp David, meetings in the Oval Office, meetings, meetings everywhere. In his zeal to proselytize, Chetwynd forgot how to dramatize.

Well, I'm one of these "Predisposed to accept the movie's fanciful version", and all I could do was sit there and STARE at the TV, ENTHRAWED!

And...

"Two hours-plus"???

It was exactly two hours and FIVE FREAKING MINUTES long.

This guy's a pissant of the highest order.

24 posted on 09/08/2003 5:03:56 AM PDT by A Broken Glass Republican
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To: A Broken Glass Republican
I am signing up for Showtime today so that I can watch the re-airing of this tonight. I think I will drop Mr. Shales a note and thank him for reminding me.
25 posted on 09/08/2003 5:13:14 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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