Hollywood, Iraq

Les Schaffer schaffer at optonline.net
Tue Aug 19 13:13:47 MDT 2003

August 19, 2003   

Hollywood Isn't Holding Its Lines Against the Pentagon
By Jonathan Turley, Jonathan Turley is a professor of law at George
Washington University.

With the reality of entrenched opposition in Iraq resulting in
increasing U.S. fatalities there, the opposition at home to the
occupation is hardening by the day. The military appears to have come
up with a solution: Change reality.

In what has been described as a "Pentagon infomercial," the Defense
Department has hired a former producer of the TV show "Cops" to film
postwar Iraq from its perspective. Though producer Bertram van Munster
has denied that he is shooting a propaganda piece, it is clear that
the Pentagon is gearing up to frame its own account — and history — of
the Iraq war.

The Pentagon has a long history of propaganda efforts. Indeed, the
Pentagon is hard at work participating in a number of movies that will
deliver its message on the legitimacy of the war and its own conduct
in Iraq.

Some of these efforts are already the subject of controversy. For
example, military and intelligence sources framed an account of
Pfc. Jessica Lynch that was almost entirely manufactured for public


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