Lies, Damned Lies, and Liberal Documentaries

Under The Gun

Well, it appears that the makers of Katie Couric’s new anti-Second Amendment documentary “Under The Gun” are in a bit of hot water for that old liberal chestnut, deceptive editing (emphasis mine):

At the 21:48 mark of Under the Gun a scene of Katie Couric interviewing members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights organization, is shown.

Couric can be heard in the interview asking activists from the group, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”

The documentary then shows the activists sitting silently for nine awkward seconds, unable to provide an answer. It then cuts to the next scene.

However, raw audio of the interview between Katie Couric and the activists provided to the Washington Free Beacon shows the scene was deceptively edited. Instead of silence, Couric’s question is met immediately with answers from the activists. A back and forth between a number of the league’s members and Couric over the issue of background checks proceeds for more than four minutes after the original question is asked.

So they straight-up manipulated the footage to make gun owners look like idiots who had never thought about the issue before and were left in stunned silence by Couric’s brilliant liberal logic, when in fact the truth was the exact opposite.

After this story generated outrage all over the right-leaning media, the filmmakers realized they were busted, and the film’s director attempted to defend the scene thusly: “My intention was to provide a pause for the viewer to have a moment to consider this important question before presenting the facts on Americans’ opinions on background checks. I never intended to make anyone look bad and I apologize if anyone felt that way.”

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To be honest, the only thing that surprises me about this is how much outrage it caused. This is the kind of sleazy trick The Daily Show has been pulling on its interviewees for the last 15 years, as Gavin McInnes discusses falling victim to recently:

I guess the difference is that The Daily Show at least had the excuse of being a comedy show, not a documentary. Nevertheless, it was a comedy NEWS show, and still had the responsibility to play fair with its viewers, which Jon Stewart and his cronies never did. At any rate, it appears that with this documentary, which is clearly made in the spirit of Bowling For Columbine, Katie Couric is following in Michael Moore’s footsteps all right, just not in the way she had hoped.

The 22 Most Conservative Foreign Movies of All Time (Part 1)

Some of you may remember that a couple years ago I posted a list of conservative foreign movies, which was later consumed in the Great Threedonian Apocalypse. In the meantime, I’ve added some more entries and decided to repost this as an expanded list of 22. The first half of which is as follows, and the second half will be posted tomorrow, so enjoy and stay tuned for more.

Most Americans tend to avoid any foreign movie that doesn’t involve crouching tigers or hidden dragons (or Monica Belucci), and it’s hard to blame them. The snobby leftists that propagate our culture have gone out of their way to ensure that the foreign movies that get the attention stateside are as artsy, pretentious and anti-American as possible. Nevertheless, on occasion a foreign movie with refreshingly conservative themes slips past our cultural arbiters, and we should champion and encourage them wherever we can find them. Here are 10 very conservative foreign movies that you should seek out if you’re so inclined:

1. Special Forces (France, 2011)

“We’re 22 kilometers from the pick-up. On top of the world’s asshole.”

For years after 9/11, conservatives like myself often bemoaned Hollywood’s refusal to make a single movie about the War on Terror that showed our troops in a positive light. So averse was Hollywood to showing battlefield heroism that the French of all people would beat us to the punch with “Special Forces”, several years before Hollywood finally started to pony up with movies like “Act of Valor” and “American Sniper”. A big-budget war movie out of Europe that doesn’t slog through pacifist, anti-war clichés is a rare breed indeed, which is probably why several European actors that have made it big in Hollywood (Djimon Honsou, Diane Kruger, Tcheky Karyo) jumped at the opportunity to appear in it.

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Similar in theme to “Lone Survivor”, the film centers on a French Special Forces team (led by Honsou) sent into Pakistan to find a French journalist (Kruger) who has been kidnapped by the Taliban and rescue her before she becomes the next Daniel Pearl. As you can probably guess, the mission doesn’t go smoothly, and the team must hoof it back to the Afghan border, with a horde of Taliban fighters hot on their trail. The film is exciting and powerful, and tells its story with a clear moral compass: the soldiers are portrayed as the heroes they are (no liberal moral equivalencies here), and the Taliban are portrayed as, well, the mass-murdering scum they are. I wish we could get a movie about the soldiers bravely fighting ISIS right now, but since Obama’s cultural palace guards want to pretend that ISIS doesn’t exist, that’s probably too much to ask for.
Continue reading The 22 Most Conservative Foreign Movies of All Time (Part 1)

Grab Some Popcorn, Fritz!

The great Tom Cotton of Arkansas rips Harry Reid a new one on the Senate floor. ’bout time somebody told off that old bomb-throwing hack.

Thursday Open Thread

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As seen on the Book of Face.

Innovation Stagnation


Lars and JimmyC wrote today about technological progress. Specifically
the progress witnessed by their grandfathers. I too used to marvel at
all my oldest, surviving grandmother had witnessed in her life span
(roughly 1908-2004). Like them, I doubt any other humans before or
since will see the technological leaps they did.

As Lars and JimmyC have pointed out, there is no question
technological progress has slowed. The last, true paradigm shift was
probably the ubiquity of personal computing, which we can place
somewhere in the late ’80s*. I still contend the likely candidate for
the most impactful technological event of the past century, or so, is
the mapping of the human genome, which we are just barely seeing the
effects of, currently. My prediction is, when school children in 2216
study the 20th century that will be the biggest milestone from our
period in their history books. But we have not yet realized any true,
paradigm-shifting technological innovation yet from that discovery.

Lars and JimmyC place the fault for the slow down of advancement on
Big Government, Continue reading Innovation Stagnation

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From The Trailer Park - Range 15 (Redband Trailer)

Action/comedy about a group of veterans who must fight their way across the country to find the cure for the Zombie Apocalypse. Billed as the first movie made with a cast and crew almost entirely made up of U.S. military personnel. Looks like a helluva lot of goofy fun to me.

Co-stars include Sean Astin, Keith David, William Shatner, Dale Dye, Danny Trejo, Randy Couture, and Marcus Luttrell.

Comes out in limited release on June 15th.

Wednesday Open Thread

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Battle of Gettysburg survivors drop flowers on battlefield from plane, Memorial (Decoration) Day, this week 1938

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Cry Mohr, Mohr, Mohr!

For listener convenience, the FramingPaterno.com team uploaded the amazing “PSU” podcast with actor/host Jay Mohr to YouTube. Yup, we’re helpers.

From the Trailer Park - Designated Survivor

After a devastating terrorist attack launched during the State of the Union Address wipes out the entire leadership of the U.S. Government, a low-level cabinet member (Kiefer Sutherland) suddenly becomes President and must manage the crisis.

Co-stars Natasha McElhone (Ronin), Maggie Q (Nikita) and Kal Penn (House).

This looks like it could be an entertaining show – has a nice Tom Clancy-esque vibe about it. Comparisons with 24 are inevitable, but Sutherland is definitely playing more of an Everyman this time around (the glasses and hoodie are a nice touch).

No start date announced, but will probably be part of the fall line-up.