Thursday, December 11, 2008
Medved is not enough
No, that is not the name of a really crappy James Bond movie. Rather, it is the apparent belief of Andrew Breitbart, a conservative Web publisher who plans to launch a conservative movie review Web site. According to The Hill,
His fascination with the relationship between entertainment and politics dates back to his high school years, when he enrolled in an American University summer program as an excuse to come to Washington for the hearings on the Iran-Contra affair.
“The only thing I remember is that Morgan Fairchild was in the front row,” he says . . .
His strategy is to prod conservative Washington to start caring about Hollywood. Breitbart has already signed several big names, including House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), incoming Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Reps. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and Connie Mack (R-Fla.), to post entries on the site. He has also landed former senator and GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson, MSNBC correspondent Tucker Carlson and a slew of other conservative thinkers from the National Review, The Weekly Standard and Commentary magazine to contribute.
Breitbart is also eager to include commentary from Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives who have stirred up controversy in the past. “I don’t consider them controversial,” he says . . .
But I have to say that this is my favorite part:
“The movies used to reinforce good behavior — that you should pay back your loans,” he says, using the country’s credit crisis as an example.
The very funny Jon Swift added (sarcastically, as usual) that Breibart was, "apparently thinking of such films as The Grapes of Wrath, It's a Wonderful Life and Salt of the Earth."
I can't for the life of me think of a film that would encourage me to pay back my loans--nor could I imagine enjoying one--but I tend to think that credit agencies are more effective at that sort of thing. Of course, what we would have needed to avoid the credit crisis are films that encourage you to avoid sub-prime loans and adjustable rate mortgages, or rather discourage banks from giving those out.
But the best part is we can expect Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner to write movie reviews. I was just thinking, "Why aren't there more movie reviews by stodgy old Republican politicians?" I guess we are about to find out.