BOZELL CHARGES HOLLYWOOD WITH GLORIFYING RADICALISM OF '60S; CALLS STONE AND 'J.F.K.' THE WORST OFFENDERS
BOZELL CHARGES HOLLYWOOD WITH GLORIFYING RADICALISM OF '60S; CALLS STONE AND 'J.F.K.' THE WORST OFFENDERS ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- L. Brent Bozell III, chairman of the Media Research Center (MRC) and publisher of TV, etc., today charged, "Hollywood praise of a decade marked by upheaval and turmoil is an insult to the majority of Americans who continue to reject the radicalism of the 1960s." "Most Americans were not out protesting the war or participating in 'love-ins.' Television shows and movies continually glorify the '60s while denying the reality that most Americans deplored the chaos in the streets and violence on campuses. Producers like Oliver Stone ('Born on the Fourth of July,' 'The Doors,' and 'J.F.K.') would have America believe that the '60s were the apex of truth and justice in the 20th century. That's laughable," Bozell said. His remarks were prompted by a front page article in the January issue of TV, etc., the Media Research Center's review of the politics of the entertainment industry. "ABC's 'Doogie Howser, M.D.,' CBS's 'Murphy Brown,' and NBC's 'Family Ties' and 'Matlock' have all presented a fuzzy feel-good picture of '60s 'idealists,' obscuring the fact that the goals of many of these activists were socialist revolution in America and a communist victory in Vietnam," Bozell explained. "The '60s are often favorably compared to the so-called selfish, money-grubbing '80s. During a music censorship debate on ABC's 'Life Goes On,' present-day high-schoolers lamented: 'Ever get the feeling you were born too late? Everything meant something then. Everyone was trying to change the world. ... It was a real revolution. What the world needs is the spirit of the '60s.' "On NBC's 'Midnight Caller,' a disc jockey popular in the '60s resurfaced to bewail today's America: 'Why is the air so rotten, we're all gonna wind up with black lung? Why is the only choice some people have either runnin' with gangs or sleepin' in cardboard boxes? Oh, I wish those '60s were back again. We didn't have just rich and poor like we have today. ... We actually accomplished something! We stopped the war, man!" Bozell offered other examples of Hollywood's veneration of the '60s, including episodes of NBC's "A Different World" and ABC's "Head of the Class."
"One of my favorite '60s soundbites is from 'Head of the Class' when a teacher explained the late-'80s democracy movement in Eastern Europe by comparing it to the anti-Vietnam War protests in this country. In both cases, he told his students, 'ordinary citizens band(ed) together and ... demand(ed) that their governments respond to the will of the people.'"
Bozell continued: "Perhaps the most recognized and blatant revisionist historian of the 1960s is Oliver Stone, whose films are riddled with factual distortions. In 'Born on the Fourth of July,' Stone falsely depicted anti-war protesters being brutalized at the 1972 Republican convention and included other completely fictitious protest scenes. 'The Doors,' Stone's glorification of the counterculture, also included fabricated scenes endorsing drug use and decrying 'selling out' to the establishment. Even liberals have rejected the ridiculous conspiracy theories put forth in the latest tirade, 'J.F.K.' "Stone told USA Weekend earlier this year that the only negative impact of the radicalism of the '60s was 'the fear it engendered in the reactionaries to elect Nixon and allow (FBI director) J. Edgar Hoover to continue in office ... so we had the repression of a security state. Otherwise, (the '60s were) all good.' "Try telling that to the families of soldiers who fought and/or died for freedom in a futile war against communist aggression in Southeast Asia. Radical Leftist activism in the U.S. at that time served only to tie the hands of policy makers and ultimately increased the cost of American lives in Vietnam. If the radicalism of the '60s was/is so representative of the American mindset, how have candidates like Ronald Regan and Richard Nixon won landslide victories by campaigning against the excesses of those years? The Hollywood Left's romanticized view of the '60s completely dismisses reality and history," Bozell concluded. The Media Research Center is a non-profit educational foundation which documents bias in the news and entertainment industries. -0- 1/9/92 /NOTE: To arrange an interview with Bozell or Sandy Crawford, editor of TV, etc., call the contact below./ /CONTACT: Meg Gilkeson or Greg Mueller of the Media Research Center, 703-683-5004/ CO: Media Research Center ST: Virginia IN: ENT SU:
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