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Hollywood Propaganda Film Is The Oscars’ Best Picture

February 26, 2013 by  

Hollywood Propaganda Film Is The Oscars’ Best Picture
Ben Affleck’s “Argo” is a propaganda film whether it means to be or not.

Call it playing the devil’s advocate if you like; but, sometimes, you have to hand it to Iranian government officials: They call ’em like they see ’em. Such is the case with the recent outcry from top Iranian officials that the Hollywood blockbuster “Argo” is an aptly timed anti-Iranian propaganda film.

“Argo,” for those who weren’t interested in forking over $7.50 to line the pockets of Hollywood actors and producers, is a revisionist account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The movie portrays brilliant CIA operatives working with compliant Hollywood elite to orchestrate a plan to extract the hostages. How?: By sending a fake movie crew to Iran to scout for shooting locations for their science fiction film.

Of course, in all of the CIA-glorifying, America touting,  the movie leaves out a bit of critical information: The hostage rescue was necessary due to American failures (actually, much like those leading up to the Benghazi, Libya, fiasco in September), and the rescue of the six hostages that is portrayed in “Argo” was actually orchestrated by brilliant Canadians.

Former President Jimmy Carter sums up one of the most obvious inaccuracies in the movie nicely in the interview below:

So, big deal, you say. “Argo’s” producers stole a bit of Canadian thunder in the name of American patriotism. After all, many Canucks still feel all warm and fuzzy falsely believing it was they, and not British soldiers, who set the White House ablaze back in 1814. But, I digress.

The biggest problem with “Argo” was revealed Sunday night when first lady Michelle Obama appeared on national television flanked by American service members to announce the movie won the award for best picture: It is — whether by design or not — a propaganda film. It’s quite appropriate that the first lady announced the award for “Argo,” because the movie pushes propaganda to those who view it that is undoubtedly beneficial to her husband’s Presidential Administration.

President Barack Obama has continued with a war effort on par with anything George W. Bush did, despite many lofty promises during his first campaign. Liberal Americans and anti-war Democrats know this, even if they are unwilling to admit that the Nobel Peace Prize winner in the White House is a wartime President. Furthermore, America is nowhere near wrapping up in the Mideast; in fact, before Obama leaves the Oval Office, an Israeli-backing Iranian invasion is probably in the cards.

As the wheels of war begin to turn more rapidly, Americans must have a barbaric, almost inhuman, face of hate to picture when the name of the enemy is mentioned. “Argo” has handed this over in grand fashion by portraying the Iranians protesting in 1979 as barbaric and unthinking mobs ready to tear apart anyone who was unlike them. Of course, there is little mention of the fact that the revolution that occurred in Iran that year may have never happened had it not been for American hegemony years earlier.

The Iranian Revolution that was sparked in 1979 helped create the “defiant,” near-nuclear Iran that the world knows today. But it isn’t often discussed that the American decision in 1953 to topple one of the most democratic governments Iran had ever known for “strategic” (for British Petroleum Company) reasons (because Iran had nationalized its oil supply) was one of the root causes of the revolution.

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright admitted in March 2000: “In 1953 the United States played a significant role in orchestrating the overthrow of Iran’s popular Prime Minister, Mohammed Mossadeqh. The Eisenhower Administration believed its actions were justified for strategic reasons; but the coup was clearly a setback for Iran’s political development. And it is easy to see now why many Iranians continue to resent this intervention by America in their internal affairs.”

Some of that anti-American sentiment could stem from the fact that the U.S.-installed Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi to Iran’s top position following the coup. The CIA-backed Shah of Iran then enjoyed 25 years of tyrannical rule over the Iranian people as a U.S. puppet. He also denationalized the Iranian oil supply.

Young Iranians, in 1979, having lived under tyrannical rule because of U.S. meddling for more than two decades, began protesting as a new set of ideas emerged from radical Islamists like Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who promised things could be better.  The hostage crises that provided fodder for “Argo” only ensued after the U.S. refused to return their puppet Shah, who had since fled to America, to face the prosecution from a new Iranian regime.

Believe it or not, it got even sillier as the years went on:

1980: The United States backs and provides support for an Iraqi (that’s Saddam Hussein’s Iraq) invasion of Iran.

1982-1983: The U.S. ups support for Iraq as Iran gains an upper hand in the conflict. CIA fronts in Chile and Saudi Arabia begin sending weapons directly to Baghdad. This went on for years as things like advanced computers, equipment to repair jet engines and rockets, and bacterial cultures to make weapons-grade anthrax were provided to the Iraqi regime.

1985-1986: President Ronald Reagan violated an embargo to deliver weapons to Iran to secure the release of seven American hostages in Lebanon. Yes, it’s a little more complicated than that — but not much. By the time the plan was discovered, more than 1,500 missiles had been shipped to Iran. Three hostages had been released, but they were replaced with three more, in what Secretary of State George Shultz called “a hostage bazaar.”

1987: A skirmish occurs between U.S. and Iranian naval forces.

1988: The U.S. shoots down an Iranian passenger jet that was mistaken for a hostile Iranian fighter aircraft; 290 people died.

1995: President Bill Clinton levies hefty sanctions against Iran for promoting Mideast terror.

2002 and 2003: President George W. Bush brands Iran a part of the “axis of evil.” America subsequently looks for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and finds none, but proceeds to overthrow Saddam, the guy the CIA once armed to kill Iranians.

Now here we are in 2013, and a war with Iran is forever on the horizon. As history demonstrates, successful war efforts require public support. And the first lady of the United States handing over a prestigious award to the makers of a movie that portrays Iran as a country of barbaric animals and Americans as a Nation of powerful, intelligent rescuers can’t hurt. Had the movie given a little more perspective and been a little more historically honest, it isn’t likely that the first lady would have been anywhere near the award ceremony.

Supporters of a hawkish Mideast foreign policy will point out that hindsight is 20/20 and that each reversal of course the U.S. has made in the region was necessary at the time. But those war hawks who also call themselves conservatives should also remember a few other things: America owes $16.6 trillion in debt, sequestration that could kick in by the end of the week is going to cut monetary resources at all levels of government and Iran’s aggressive behavior (now, and historically) appears driven by increased pressure and tightening of sanctions by the West. Can we really afford to keep playing in the sand, even if Hollywood bends the truth to help us picture an enemy worth attacking?

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • FreedomFighter

    Turn it all off and dont pay to see the garbage, put your money into real American made goods and services…stop paying progressive communist commiewood movie makers. Let them figure out they are really capitolists when the money stops.

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • rendarsmith

      Yeah. Hollywierd has to be the biggest force of destruction in this country. Materialism, destruction of family-values, all from Hollywierd.

      Plus, Ben Affleck a crappy actor. I can’t stand to watch more than 10 minutes of any of his movies.

      • jopa

        rendarsmith;You are a bigger Affleck fan than I am, i didn’t even know he directed more than one movie.What were the other one’s you watched.But then again the last movie I went to see was Titanic and I fell asleep in the theater.Had to rent it later on to see what happened in the mind of the Hollywood producers.Most movies would be so boring if they only dealt with facts.

  • Robert Smith

    If Iran is so great, why don’t you move there?


    • Howard C

      Wow!! Did he say anything about Iran being great?? If he had left out any mention of the First Leftie would you had made the comment you made?

  • Daveh234

    The moviemakers are so far distanced from this “conspiracy” it isn’t close.
    The story bounced around for years. Someone decided to make a really good movie. Does it purport to be factual? Not Really.
    The movie Lincoln took liberties and so do many other movies historically “bend” story lines.
    No one except the Academy auditors knew the winning movie beforehand.
    Books converted to movies rarely stick to the printed page and to assume so is stupid. Just doesn’t work that way.

  • Johnny

    Since when has hollyweed movies ever stuck to the truth? The last thing we need is a war with Iran who is no direct threat to us, wake up and open your eyes. The same bunch who said Saddam was such a threat with WMD that turned out to be non-existent in Iraq are now trying to get the American sheeple all worked up about starting a war with Iran which will not be a walk in the park for our stretched thin military.
    If anything we should bring our troops home and put them on the border with Mexico and stop the invasion of our southern borders. Now that is something that would benefit everyone.

  • 45caliber

    Keep in mind that Oscars are Hollywood’s way of patting themselves on the back. Therefore their selections (values) are different than anyone else’s.

  • ibcamn

    Just like the Iranians to bitch about something that didn’t show them winning!maybe after getting the hostages out of that nightmare situation we should have blown that f#*@ing country of the map!??!how about that for an ending!?huh!

    • Howard C

      Whether you like Iran or not the movie is infact propaganda. I refuse to watch Zero Dark Thirty because that movie is also propaganda. You just showed that you have bought the propaganda by saying that Iran should be blown off the map!! By your logic it is justifiable to kill an entire country of people because of what the leader of that country does. Well I imagine there a lot of people over there that think the US should be wiped from the map because of our occupation of middle eastern countries and the attrosities that have come along with them.

  • FreedomFighter

    Satanists give message:

    notice first few seconds at side of stage, else goto 4:02 and glance to right of screen — this song is or contains satanic message, they must announce, and laugth at you as they do it:

    Skyfall @ 2013 Oscars

    it does not matter what you believe, its what they believe —-notice the symbolic 666?

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • pissed of & liberal

    It’s nice to hear a conservitive admit that iran has a right to be distrustfull of america.

    • Bob Livingston

      Dear pissed of & liberal,

      You write: “It’s nice to hear a conservitive (sic) admit that iran (sic) has a right to be distrustfull (sic) of america.(sic).” I believe you are operating from a generalization that will not hold water.

      Best wishes,

      • pissed of & liberal

        Dear Bob

        As far as i can tell those articiles you attached agree with what i was basiclly saying that all the problems america faces in the region are of it’s own creation. How then does what i wrote ” not hold water ” ?

        • Bob Livingston

          Dear pissed of & liberal,

          What does not hold water is your perception of what a conservative is. You are equating true conservatives with neocons. You heard conservative and thought Republican. True conservatives understand that war is not peace. True conservatives are distancing themselves from the Republican party.

          Best wishes,

          • pissed of & liberal

            If you say so.

  • TML

    It’s as bad as watching a movie that glorifies Abraham Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.
    Regardless of what you might think of Iran, the historical facts of the country can lead only to the objective judgment that Iranians have strong national pride, and that their current state is the result of oppression from the western countries. The United States even let Saddam, knowingly, use chemical weapons on the Iranian people as the world stood by and let it happen. We created the enemy just like we inadvertently created al-Qaida and the Taliban.

    On the flip side, we foolishly give Israel unconditional support even when they break international laws (the most recent was bombing a target in southern Syria, and you barely heard a word about it).

    Those of you who claim to love the truth should know the truth. America is no longer the ruler of her own spirit as prophesized through shear wisdom and knowledge. It’s time that we heed the warnings of that wisdom.
    “America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the inextinguishable rights of human nature, and the only lawful foundations of government.

    America, in the assembly of nations, since her admission among them, has invariably, though often fruitlessly, held forth to them the hand of honest friendship, of equal freedom, of generous reciprocity.

    She has uniformly spoken among them, though often to heedless and often to disdainful ears, the language of equal liberty, of equal justice, and of equal rights. She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own.

    She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart.

    She has seen that probably for centuries to come, all the contests of that Aceldama the European world, will be contests of inveterate power, and emerging right.

    Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be.

    But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.

    She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.

    She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.

    She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.

    The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force…. She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit….” – John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State, July 4th, 1821

  • Average Joe

    I have recently been playing an online game(a freebie ) and the leader of the guild I am in, is from.. and in Iran. He is quite the nice fellow. According to him, most Iranians do not distrust or hate America or Americans….they hate and distrust our government and our corporations. They understand that the majority of Americans do not have any mal-intention towards Iran or it’s people.
    I believe that they want the exact same thing that we Americans want….to be left alone by…OUR out of control government… just a thought….


    • Jo Ann McCaghren

      From one Joe to another, very well said, I believe that is true. Jo


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