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drive-by planet: Argo: American propaganda wins best picture at the Oscars

The Hollywood-White House embrace was front and center when Michelle Obama was beamed into the Oscars, military personnel behind her, to announce the best picture pick. Surprise, surprise… Argo, replete with revisionist pro-American propaganda, was the Oscar winner.

The Hollywoodization of entertainment is bad enough, what’s worse is Hollywood-as-political-tool. Argo is loaded with a cargo of make-believe and half-truth. It is less about historical veracity and more about finding a way to celebrate an American action-story featuring Affleck as CIA hero Tony Mendez, with political messaging and patriotic cliches not far beneath the surface of the action.

Ben Affleck’s

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Cowichan Conversations: Jimmy Carter Sets Record Straight About Oscar Winning ‘Argo’

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Nice to see many Americans, including Former President Jimmy Carter standing up and telling the real story behind the Canadians major role in free American Hostages through a daring plot born in the Canadian Embassy.

In the movie the Canada’s Ambassador Ken Taylor’s role was written out and fictitious accounts crediting the CIA inserted.

It is unfortunate that such a fine movie has been tainted by Hollywood’s revisionist version of the dramatic event.

Ever since ‘Argo’ came out, Canadians have been critiquing the skewed portrayal of America’s contribution to the daring Iran hostage rescue — and now

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Politics and Entertainment: Why a completely unremarkable film called Argo won the Oscar

How ironically fitting that Michelle Obama announced the Oscar for the winning picture. Argo is a putative “true” story from the not too distant U.S. past – a past to which American viewers can easily relate – a feel good story of American perseverance, ingenuity, courage, an inspiring version of U. S. exceptionalism resulting in a bloodless American victory with only, according to the script but not Ken Taylor, a smidgen of help from Canadians. Such an uplifting image was far more appealing to mean-age 63 Academy voters.   Does Argo deserve the Oscar? Depends on what “deserves” means.  For (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Why a completely unremarkable film called Argo won the Oscar