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Author Crichton (Jurassic Park) Tells the Truth About Clinton and Feminists in Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly Magazine ^ | 11/29/2002 | Benjamin Svetkey (interviewer)

Posted on 11/23/2002 8:24:58 AM PST by venturin

In this weeks Entertainment Weekly magazine there is an interview with Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park, the Andromeda Strain, Disclosure, Rising Sun, and other bestsellers. He also does other work in movies and television, including creating the show E.R.

Crichton lives in L.A. and was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly's Benjamin Svetkey.

During the interview the topic turned to attacks Crichton has received for not being politically correct in his books. Crichton explains his feelings on what has become of feminism since Clinton. It's pretty amazing to read something like this is such a mainstream magazine. In fact this magazine is part of the AOL/Time/Warner empire.

Anyway, here's the exchange;

Excerpt
Entertainment Weekly: Last question about your critics: You were attacked for racism because of the depictions of Japanese businessmen in Rising Sun. Disclosure wasn't wildly popular with feminists.

Michael Crichton: There was also a lot of discussion about whether Jurassic Park was antiscience-don't forget that.

EW: Are you surprised by the controversy you sometimes stir up?

Crichton: I was surprised by the reception Rising Sun got. But I knew that making the man the victim of sexual harassment would make Disclosure controversial. That was the idea. To stir things up and make people think.

EW: You stir up the sexual politics in this latest book, too. The stay-at-home dad is its hero, while his working wife is a villain. Not a big fan of feminism?

Crichton: I wouldn't say that. I had one of the first subscriptions to Ms. magazine. I was actually quite sorry to see feminism take the nosedive it did, to watch it commit intellectual suicide with its support for Clinton. If they like the guy, he can do anything. But if they don't-if it's Bob Packwood-they kill him. It revealed the intellectual contradiction. At least that's my reading of it.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: clinton; feminism; now
Wow. This is something FReepers have known since 1998 and before. It is nice to see the truth told in such a mainstream magazine. I think the collapse of the political feminist movement in America because of Clinton is one of the great untold stories of the last decade.

Nice to see it didn't go completely un-noticed.

1 posted on 11/23/2002 8:24:58 AM PST by venturin
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To: venturin
If JR makes an IPO of FreeRepublic ..I'm buying stock... :)
2 posted on 11/23/2002 8:28:20 AM PST by joesnuffy
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To: venturin
It revealed the intellectual contradiction.
I believe the word is "hypocrisy." That's what it was. That's what it continues to be.
3 posted on 11/23/2002 8:34:37 AM PST by Clara Lou
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To: venturin
Rising Sun was really amusing to read after the Japanese economy collapsed. I remember when everyone said they were going to rule the world - now they're on their knees.

Regards, Ivan

4 posted on 11/23/2002 8:37:49 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
Rising Sun was really amusing to read after the Japanese economy collapsed. I remember when everyone said they were going to rule the world - now they're on their knees.

I am surprised there is not more written (at least in the US) about the reasons Japan has fallen so low. We studied their successes in the 80s and it is critical that we study their failures as well.

5 posted on 11/23/2002 8:44:46 AM PST by Straight Vermonter
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To: venturin
A MAN OF MANY TALANTS.... I was surprised to find that he attended medical school, graduated, but turned to writing instead of becoming lawsuit bait..

Pookie & ME

6 posted on 11/23/2002 8:45:49 AM PST by Pookie Me
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To: Pookie Me
Michael Crichton just keeps churning out best-sellers. His latest novel, Prey is already No. 2 at Amazon.com before its street release date Nov. 25th. I'm not surprised at his flipping one up on Clinton and the feminazis. Now that's the hallmark of a good writer and its no wonder the cash register in bookstores ring up the sales - he always seem to has something topical and timely to say about whatever subject he's been writing on.
7 posted on 11/23/2002 8:50:23 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: venturin
I had one of the first subscriptions to Ms. magazine.

I certainly wouldn't admit that, in print. However, kudos to him for telling it like it is.

8 posted on 11/23/2002 8:54:35 AM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Straight Vermonter
I am surprised there is not more written (at least in the US) about the reasons Japan has fallen so low. We studied their successes in the 80s and it is critical that we study their failures as well.

I'm not so sure we need to study their successes: the reason they were successful is because we taught them how to manufacture goods. It was done with American ideas that were shaped to fit well in the Japanese society (remember W. Edwards Demming?).

The other thing we did was give them technology for free. My father worked for a large pipe company for most of his career. In the 70's and 80's the company would allow visiting Japanese businessmen to come in and tour the plant, to take all the pictures they wanted, to ask questions. They were training their COMPETITION. Not too smart, eh? But they didn't think there was any danger. Now the Japanese steel industry dumps steel on the market and ruins the American companies.

9 posted on 11/23/2002 8:55:12 AM PST by webstersII
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To: MadIvan
You may have noticed : so was Monica !
10 posted on 11/23/2002 9:00:27 AM PST by genefromjersey
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To: webstersII
Interesting. There were cadres of Japanese and Korean engineers coming through Peoria and the Quad Cities areas in decades past, and they were frequently allowed to photograph and scrutinize virtually everything at a number of heavy equipment plants. Of course, it was merely coincidence that Komatsu, etc. turned right around and offered equipment of similar capabilities- they possessed slightly less robustness, but came at a lower price. For the same money, an operator could either buy an asian rig and replace it with another, or buy one U.S.-made machine and maintain the H out of it over the same time period.

Oddly, there are still American businessmen (I work for one) who think that asians "don't get it" because they speak our language with an accent. It is sickening to watch these home-grown smart guys chuckle about putting one over on the Chinese/Japanese/Koreans, all the while blissfully acting like they haven't been bent over and spanked (to use a less rude term) time and again.

11 posted on 11/23/2002 9:14:33 AM PST by niteowl77
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To: Clara Lou
It revealed the intellectual contradiction. I believe the word is "hypocrisy." That's what it was. That's what it continues to be.

Yep. It revealed the true nature of their sexual politics. The contrast between the feminists treatment of Packwood and Clarence Thomas compared to Clinton are obvious enough to slap you in the face.

12 posted on 11/23/2002 9:55:08 AM PST by venturin
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To: webstersII
"Technology for free" I hate to tell you this, but we are making the same mistake with the Chinese, today, in electronics. A lot of manufacturing has already moved there, and design is slowly filtering in too.

OTOH, only the US really is focussed on getting the best and most efficient "value-chains" out there. Global sourcing of everything. The Asian mindset is still merchantilistic.
13 posted on 11/23/2002 10:31:24 AM PST by WOSG
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To: Paul Atreides
Ann Coulter gives some interesting revalations about Ms. Magazine in her book "Slander".

She wrote that Gloria Steinem confessed she had sex with a rich publisher in order to secure about 1 million in loans and grants to get the magazine to survive. So much for feminism.
14 posted on 11/23/2002 10:41:24 AM PST by longtermmemmory
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To: longtermmemmory
I read that in the book. Funny, I always had her pegged as a lesbo. Didn't NOW, or some other feminazi group, finally buy out Ms.?
15 posted on 11/23/2002 10:55:52 AM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Clara Lou
I believe the word is "hypocrisy." That's what it was. That's what it continues to be.

Hypocrisy has been abused into irrelevancy; sort of like "mean-spirited" and "racist".
I just tune those words out and dismiss the users...

We got us an intellectual desert there.

16 posted on 11/23/2002 11:37:43 AM PST by Publius6961
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To: MadIvan
Ivan, this is a funny choice of words for this topic, don't you think? " now they're on their knees. " It could apply to the feminists and Bill Clinton.
17 posted on 11/23/2002 11:43:56 AM PST by billhilly
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To: billhilly
Ivan, this is a funny choice of words for this topic, don't you think? " now they're on their knees. " It could apply to the feminists and Bill Clinton.

Or I could be really politically incorrect and say given the stature of the Japanese, it's hard to tell if they're on their knees in the first place. ;)

Regards, Ivan

18 posted on 11/23/2002 11:45:40 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
Please, please don't be PC. Not on this page.
19 posted on 11/23/2002 11:57:31 AM PST by billhilly
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To: Paul Atreides
No contradiction there. A lot of whores are lesbians in their private lives.
20 posted on 11/23/2002 12:03:24 PM PST by The Great Satan
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To: The Great Satan
I have a couple of books on the subject of writing, and both have quotes from that feminazi. It makes me sick.
21 posted on 11/23/2002 12:08:12 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: MadIvan
Japanese economic power was the result of favorable U.S. policies. When the Cold War ended, the U.S. no longer had the same interest in propping up the Japanese economy.

I think Germany is now in the process of learning the same lesson.

22 posted on 11/23/2002 12:36:39 PM PST by aristeides
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To: Paul Atreides
I always had her pegged as a lesbo

She's married (to a man) right now.

23 posted on 11/23/2002 12:39:04 PM PST by xm177e2
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To: venturin
NOW receives federal funding. I suspect other feminist organizations do as well. I also suspect the Clintons enjoy using their power to force people to do things that are obviously contrary to their principles.
24 posted on 11/23/2002 12:39:18 PM PST by aristeides
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To: goldstategop
uh, he seems to be doing better than Al Gore at selling books...bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
25 posted on 11/23/2002 12:44:50 PM PST by Cate
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To: longtermmemmory
"She wrote that Gloria Steinem confessed she had sex with a rich publisher in order to secure about 1 million in loans and grants to get the magazine to survive. So much for feminism....

A MILLION bucks just for a single (and ugly!) lay of a single woman!!!!!

So much for the stupidity of the NY press!

Hell ... At least the terrorists are promised 72 virgins. (Now, we don't know whether they will actually get them or not.....Nor what the virgins look like. )

26 posted on 11/23/2002 12:47:21 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE
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To: aristeides
Today, NOW's SOLE purpose and function is spreading the gospel of abortions as far as possible.

They have no other agenda any more.

President Clinton (and Bill too!) followed that agenda compeltely in every political move and appointment.

Even Reno put protecting abortion organizations at the top of her priorities: spending millions of FBI man-hours hunting a single (probable!) abortion clinic bomber. Her FBI domestic terrorism chief called conservative Christian churches "armed terrorist group's ... and a danger to us all."
27 posted on 11/23/2002 12:51:30 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE
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To: venturin; Mia T
Crichton: I wouldn't say that. I had one of the first subscriptions to Ms. magazine. I was actually quite sorry to see feminism take the nosedive it did, to watch it commit intellectual suicide with its support for Clinton. If they like the guy, he can do anything. But if they don't-if it's Bob Packwood-they kill him. It revealed the intellectual contradiction. At least that's my reading of it.

Wow. Gee Mia-even Crichton 'gets' it!:^)

28 posted on 11/23/2002 12:58:31 PM PST by Republic
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
I wonder how much money the abortion industry contributes to the RATs.
29 posted on 11/23/2002 12:59:12 PM PST by aristeides
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To: xm177e2
That is what surprised me. I had not heard about the other guy until I read Slander.
30 posted on 11/23/2002 1:17:05 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: aristeides
Too bad NOW has been shown to have no real principles. They thought that using sexual politics against their enemies would last forever. Too bad they shot the wad over Clinton, so to speak, and lost a majority of their credibility.
31 posted on 11/23/2002 1:31:05 PM PST by venturin
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To: venturin
Thanks for posting this. I didn't realize
Crichton was this politically honest.
32 posted on 11/23/2002 1:41:54 PM PST by NativeNewYorker
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To: Paul Atreides
Will you disown me if I tell you I once subscribed to Ms too? Hey, it was the seventies.

I met Gloria when she and a black lesbian (sorry, I can't remember her name) stayed in my dorm. Ms. Steinem said that the women's movement would be a success when incompetent women held positions of authority like men do.

Well...look around.

I could phrase this another way and say that the goal of feminism is incompetence.
33 posted on 11/23/2002 1:59:53 PM PST by Samwise
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To: Republic; doug from upland
 
 
"Who is Juanita Broaddrick? I've never heard of her!" cried Betty Friedan, the founder of modern feminism. Friedan's outburst came at last Friday's conference, entitled "The Legacy and Future of Hillary Rodham Clinton." Held at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. D.C., the event offered a chilling microcosm of an angry, divided America.
 
For nearly an hour, a five-woman panel had been debating whether Hillary qualified as a "feminist heroine." I thought Broaddrick's claim of having been raped by Hillary's husband had some bearing on this point, so I broached the subject during the question-and-answer period. Friedan's dyspeptic denial followed.
 
Was Friedan telling the truth? Maybe. And maybe all those millions of Germans who professed ignorance of the death camps were telling the truth too. The problem is, having admitted her ignorance, Friedan showed no interest in exploring the matter further. And that was the problem with the Germans too.
 
Totalitarian impulses flourished at the conference. Taking a page from Soviet psychiatry, some Clintonites suggested that Hillary hating might be a mental illness. . .
 

Richard Poe, The Hillary Conspiracy

 
YOO-HOO Mrs. clinton:
THE CLINTON RAPES ARE "UNBECOMIMG"
zipper-hoisted
PRENUP/POST-RAPE SENATE SEAT
Q ERTY3
rodham-clinton reality-check
!BUMP!

34 posted on 11/23/2002 2:10:58 PM PST by Mia T
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To: All
sorry, wrong link above. correction:

 
 
"Who is Juanita Broaddrick? I've never heard of her!" cried Betty Friedan, the founder of modern feminism. Friedan's outburst came at last Friday's conference, entitled "The Legacy and Future of Hillary Rodham Clinton." Held at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. D.C., the event offered a chilling microcosm of an angry, divided America.
 
For nearly an hour, a five-woman panel had been debating whether Hillary qualified as a "feminist heroine." I thought Broaddrick's claim of having been raped by Hillary's husband had some bearing on this point, so I broached the subject during the question-and-answer period. Friedan's dyspeptic denial followed.
 
Was Friedan telling the truth? Maybe. And maybe all those millions of Germans who professed ignorance of the death camps were telling the truth too. The problem is, having admitted her ignorance, Friedan showed no interest in exploring the matter further. And that was the problem with the Germans too.
 
Totalitarian impulses flourished at the conference. Taking a page from Soviet psychiatry, some Clintonites suggested that Hillary hating might be a mental illness. . .
 

Richard Poe, The Hillary Conspiracy

 
YOO-HOO Mrs. clinton:
THE CLINTON RAPES ARE "UNBECOMIMG"
zipper-hoisted
PRENUP/POST-RAPE SENATE SEAT
Q ERTY3
rodham-clinton reality-check
!BUMP!

35 posted on 11/23/2002 2:15:56 PM PST by Mia T
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To: webstersII
Kodak did the very same thing. They invited the Nips to tour the film and camera factories and they copied everything the could (a lot).

Now Fuji, a company subsidized by the Japanese government, is gaining share in the US from an American company. Another big supporter of a photo products not American is Wal-Mart that presented the photofinishing business in every W-M store to Fuji. Go figure! Is there any wonder the trade deficit is so large with Asia? Is it any wonder that American products are becoming endangered species?

36 posted on 11/23/2002 2:40:36 PM PST by Paulus Invictus
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To: Samwise
How could I disown Samwise Gamgee? ;-)
37 posted on 11/23/2002 2:46:47 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Mia T
Thanks for the link to this article. I am so glad that you have saved some of these old articles. I have a feeling that we are going to need them in our arsenal in a few years.
39 posted on 11/23/2002 3:17:04 PM PST by Eva
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To: webstersII
How old are you ?

Are you old enough to have owned an American made car back in the 70's ?

Well if you are and you did then you owned a shoddy piece of junk that was worthless after 60,000 miles, that was forever in the shop for one reason or another, and whose hood after a few years bulged uneven with the chassis.

The Japanese success then can be laid to one thing. The Honda Accord and the Nissan Maxima were vastly better than most American cars on the market.
40 posted on 11/23/2002 4:24:10 PM PST by Tokhtamish
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To: aristeides
No, it's because America learned how to make cars as good as the Honda Accord.
41 posted on 11/23/2002 4:25:56 PM PST by Tokhtamish
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To: NativeNewYorker
I didn't realize Crichton was this politically honest.

Yea, an honest Hollywood type living in the heart of LaLa land. I'm sure the NOW crowd is just loving him these days.

42 posted on 11/23/2002 5:16:13 PM PST by venturin
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To: venturin
"I'm sure the NOW crowd is just loving him these days.

Non Orgasmic Whores?

An insignificant "splinter" group today.... Over dried wood used....
Semper Fi

43 posted on 11/23/2002 5:47:45 PM PST by river rat
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To: Eva; Mia T
Eva wrote:Thanks for the link to this article. I am so glad that you have saved some of these old articles. I have a feeling that we are going to need them in our arsenal in a few years.

You know Mia-this is true. Between you and Alamo-girl, we a virtual library here on finger ready missives to direct appropriately when and if her heinous makes a move for our highest office. I have no doubt in my mind, none, that we will stop her. The wildfire grassroots campaign we will serve upon this nation will open the eyes of our nation. And that, coupled with the horrors yet to come from that nasty duos reign of terror, is going to help put those two out of political life.

44 posted on 11/23/2002 7:31:52 PM PST by Republic
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To: Mia T
Yes, a nice jaunt down memory lane. Betty Friedan is just one of many of the Nags that Clinton marginalized to the fringes of political debate.

I think Clinton works for Karl Rove. He's just been too good to us.

45 posted on 11/24/2002 12:05:57 PM PST by venturin
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To: venturin
about eight years ago I saw a speech Crichton gave to the National Press Corp. He said that within the next decade that the broadcast news networks would cease to exist as they do now (then) because of the internet. You have to remember 8 years ago the internet was a very new thing, but he saw the writing on the wall. He said as people would be able to get their news unfiltered, the news networks would have to become something else, and he feared it would be News/entertainment, as it basically does today. He is a brilliant man. I loved the book, Disclosure, although I wasn't crazy about the movie.
46 posted on 11/24/2002 12:10:35 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Paul Atreides
He was very much pro-abortion in the 1970s and probably still is. His "A Case of Need" is real pro-abort propaganda.

That said, I've generally liked his books and he is not a knee-jerk lib. In "Sphere" one of his worst books he takes a great jab at the Carter administration. In the sequel to "Jurassic Park", he makes a snide comment on evolution.

And "Disclosure" was certainly not P.C.

47 posted on 12/14/2002 7:33:42 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Tokhtamish
And Sony puts out good products too.
48 posted on 12/14/2002 7:34:37 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: MadIvan
>now they're on their knees.

Yeah, along with all the rest of us.

49 posted on 12/14/2002 7:39:49 PM PST by DrCarl
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