I think people should have been held accountable, yes I do. What we’re seeing now is that greed is still alive and kicking, and banks are bigger than ever.
Submitted by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:
Hollywood has returned to its cold war role, led by liberals. Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning Argo is the first feature film so integrated into the propaganda system that its subliminal warning of Iran’s “threat” is offered as Obama is preparing, yet again, to attack Iran. That Affleck’s “true story” of good-guys-vbad- Muslims is as much a fabrication as Obama’s justification for his war plans is lost in PR-managed plaudits. As the independent critic Andrew O’Hehir points out, Argo is “a propaganda movie in the truest sense, one that claims to be innocent of all ideology”. That is, it debases the art of film-making to reflect an image of the power it serves.
– From the post: How Hollywood Became “Propagandist in Chief” by John Pilger
Hollywood’s refusal to cover issues of national importance, as opposed to largely producing inane nonsense or outright government propaganda, represents a gigantic stain on America’s creative arts scene. Indeed after reading the story below, you have to wonder just how deeply the CIA has penetrated Tinseltown…
Given this backdrop, Brad Pitt certainly deserves credit for making the following comments in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter discussing his role in the screen adaptation of Michael Lewis’The Big Short:
How did you become involved as a producer?
Well we got the book. We’re sitting on this great book by Michael Lewis, and it was a subject that I really wanted to take on — still wondering, questioning, angered by the fact that this whole collapse happened and people suffered as they did, and yet no one was held accountable and nothing seemed to change. And it’s true nothing has really changed.
In your own personal opinion, do you think that people should go to jail for what they did to the financial system?
I think people should have been held accountable, yes I do. What we’re seeing now is that greed is still alive and kicking, and banks are bigger than ever. There’s a few more safeguards than before where they can’t risk as much debt, but the worry is that as time goes by, people forget, [but] the same things are being done, being done outside the banking system, but the same behavior is going on — and we also got to look at our credit rating system. It’s an absolute joke. I think what the film tells us and what time tells us is human nature cannot be completely trusted. We need regulation. We need really smart regulation, and there’s been a few attempts at it, but nothing like when [senators] Chris Dodd and I think Al Franken were going after the rating system, which got nowhere.
I’ve tried to ask a few of the experts, “Why wasn’t anyone held accountable?” and the answer seems to be that the government didn’t go after them in 2009 because they were too worried about affecting the bank bailout, and that’s as much of an answer as I’ve been able to get.
And yet there are so many victims here.
Mortgages, savings, pensions. Yeah, it’s disgusting. It makes me angry. What I liked about the film is that it tries to explain to people how they got screwed. The language is intensely tricky, so people are relying on the people giving them advice. It’s rigged to be so confusing that no one could even begin to understand until suddenly there are loans adjusted without anyone really aware of what’s really going on.
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