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>A Razzie for Hollywood

Monday, February 28th, 2005

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Hollywood once again has clearly demonstrated its ingrained political prejudice in awarding a “Razzie” to President Bush as the year’s “worst actor” for his “performance” in the anti-Republican campaign polemic Fahrenheit 9/11.

The Golden Raspberries or Razzies are awarded by Hollywood’s Golden Raspberry Award Foundation for the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing and films offered each year as a counterpart to the Oscars awarded for the so-called best stuff.

In Bush-hater Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 Bush is cast (with adroit editing) as a moronic, uncaring President who continues to read nursery stories to kiddies at a Florida school after first learning about the 9/11 Islamic attack.

According to the reviews by delighted liberal leftists, Bush “played the part” brilliantly. But now Hollywood says he was the worst actor of the year. Does that mean that he failed to come off as an uncaring dunce despite all of Spinmeister Moore’s efforts?

The crazed, illogical Hollywood left, of course, wants to spin it both ways: He’s a dunce and, what’s more, he’s a lousy actor.

As for the best stuff, Zogby provides some input about the audience and suggests that the country is giving Hollywood a Razzie. The Zogby Poll forecast for the 2005 Oscars presentations on TV:

  • Only 4 in 10 Democrats would watch
  • Only 1 in 8 Republicans would watch
  • As Musician/Wit Oscar Levant once said: Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you’ll find the real tinsel underneath.

    >It’s Feelings, Stupid!

    Friday, February 25th, 2005

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    The fuel for the busy engines generating the left-wing spin that corrupts public discourse today is ably described in a column by LA Talk Show Host/Writer Dennis Prager.

    “With the ascendancy of leftist values that has followed the decline of Judeo-Christian religion, personal feelings have supplanted universal standards. In fact, feelings are the major unifying characteristic among contemporary liberal positions…The entire edifice of moral relativism, a foundation of leftist ideology, is built on the notion of feelings deciding right and wrong.”

    Once you buy into this you see nothing irrational, as Prager points out, in spinning “terrorists” into “freedom fighters.”

    Forget about logic, right and wrong and absolute evil. Do whatever makes you feel good. It’s OK to open the downward path to Thomas Hobbes’ war of all against all. Just make sure you use plenty of spinspeak to describe it. That way everyone will feel comfy along the way.

    >Spinning Death at the UN

    Monday, February 21st, 2005

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    Don’t think just because the Sudanese government is conducting what some spoilsport observers are calling mass murder of the population in Darfur that it comes under the heading of genocide around the UN.

    Call it a plain old vanilla massacre if you like. That’s OK with the UN spindocs. Just don’t use the “G” word. It turns out to be a trigger. Under the UN’s arcane rules, it can ignore mass murder. It can ignore massacres. But call it genocide and the UN is supposed to do something about it rather than just make compassionate noises.

    >Kerry Spins Iraq

    Sunday, January 30th, 2005

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    Some eight million Iraqis braved bombs, bullets and death threats to vote in their first free election in 50 years.

    One Iraqi brought his aging mother to the polls in a wheelbarrow. Another, whose leg was blown off last year by terrorists, voted saying he would have crawled to the polls.

    President Bush said “the world is hearing the voice of freedom from the center of the Middle East.”

    How do you spin that if you have been forecasting with many crocodile tears that it will be a bloodbath and failure?

    No problem if you are Senator John Kerry (D-MA), last seen trying to become President. Even before the polls closed in Baghdad, the Senator opined in orotund spinspeak:

    “The real test is not the election…The elections don’t mean that much.”

    He also added a bit of what his spindocs have called “nuance.”

    “I was for the election taking place,” he said.

    But to make sure that no one would get the idea that he approved of anything Bush was doing, he issued a hypertalk warning against “overhype” by the Administration.

    >It’s Real Spin-Free Freedom, Stupid!

    Monday, January 24th, 2005

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    How annoying!

    Left-wing liberals have labored for years in the spinspeak vineyards to spin and corrupt the words “freedom” and “liberty” to mean license and let-it-all-hang-out: You just do whatever makes you feel good and the devil take your neighbor.

    Down with self-reliance, standards and personal responsibility. Up with self-indulgence, the Victim Litigation Lifestyle and the Nanny State.

    Now President Bush in his inaugural address insists on the old fashioned, common sense meaning. As, for example, in the Declaration of Independence: the God-endowed unalienable right to liberty along with a firm understanding of the Big Catch: the 10 Commandments are an essential part of the deal.

    >Rathergate "Haste" Joins Kings of Spindoc Humbug

    Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

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    The spindoc life preserver word “haste” has been unfurled like a blanket spread over an inconvenient corpse to explain the motivation of CBS News in using and stoutly defending bogus documents to influence the recent presidential election.

    The independent investigators reported no “political bias” as motivation of the crowd of long-time Bush haters involved.

    As Jonah Goldberg commented in National Review Online “’haste’” was the ‘enemy.’” It was “haste” that caused fake reporting, sloppy checking, the wildly risky decision to proceed with a flawed story and the subsequent stonewalling and continuing cover-up spinspeak by soon-to-be “retired” CBS Anchor Dan Rather.

    “Haste” now joins the spindoc lexicon as plastertalk for: “we are sorry that we did it because it didn’t work, but don’t be hard on us because we really are only guilty of being pressured by competition to work too quickly.”

    As shameless plastertalk, “haste” is not as powerful as those kings of spindoc humbug “mistakes were made” and “time to move on,” but it is definitely in the same league.

    >More on Spinning "Stingy"

    Friday, January 7th, 2005

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    Blatant use of stingy as smearspeak is analyzed at length by Columnist Ann Counter (“Liberals Love America Like O.J. Loved Nicole”) and demonstrated in a recent New York Times editorial (“Are We Stingy? Yes.”).

    Two key Coulter points:

  • Stingy smearspeak is reworked with funny math. For example: Billions for “military liberation” to topple dictators (Iraq, Afghanistan, France) is defined as “destabilizing intervention” and, therefore, doesn’t count as aid.
  • Use of stingy regardless of the facts is gussied up with the fuzzball phrase “love of country” — spinspeak usage that has become almost as popular as the use among anti-war pols of the fuzzball phrase “support our troops.”
  • >Spinspeak Flows On… and On… in New Year

    Wednesday, January 5th, 2005

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    Spinspeak flows imaginatively in many areas as we the world enters 2005. Some pickings from flotsam in the stream:

    suntan butler = Travel Industry inflator for a bath house attendant who arranges reflector screens and sunlamps in your hotel room. Naturally, suntan butlers cost more than mere attendants.

    acute allergic reaction = cosmeticspeak introduced in the new Russia to explain the sudden demise of inconvenient businessmen and officials.

    culmination speech = denialspeak for political concession speech which may or may not be laced with much sour-grape mashing and fogword promises of carrying on “the good fight” whatever that might be.

    militant = positive categoryshift for child-murdering terrorists whom the speaker chooses to whitewash.

    stingy = smearspeak for “you can never give enough to make up for being Number One;” much employed by Blame America-firsters and envious Europeans with inferiority omplexes.

    naming opportunity = Charity Industry cosmeticspeak for offering ego massage in exchange for sizeable (and even not so sizeable) contributions; ego massage can range from a building facade to a small (and removable) plaque on a fire extinguisher.

    >Spinspeak: The Language of Choice of the “Easily Offended”

    Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

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    Why does the liberal mind have such an affinity for spinspeak?

    Columnist Dennis Prager in describing “Blue America: The Land of the Easily Offended” sheds much light on the answer. Prager says:

    With the acknowledgment that there are many individual exceptions, a major defining characteristic of modern-day liberalism is the ease with which liberals take offense personally and/or on behalf of others.

    Liberals regularly portray as offended women, African Americans, Jews, American Indians, gays and every other group liberals declare a minority, i.e., any group that votes Democrat — no group that votes Republican, such as Mormons, Cuban Americans and Vietnamese Americans, is considered a “minority.” All other groups are constantly warned that almost anything they say that is not patronizing of those groups is offensive (and therefore subject to litigation).

    The emotion-laden mindset of the easily offended thrives on such spindoc offerings as the vocabulary of political correctness, mushmundspeak, psychobabble and gooeytalk.

    Isolated by spinspeak from reality, the easily offended wander in the Garden of Corrupted Language. Eating from the Tree of Facts is unthinkable. And all commentary no matter how expert is taken personally.

    >Have a Merry Belief System

    Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

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    Secular junkies and politically correct police have won a new great victory: Congress has erected on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol something called a “Holiday Tree.”

    You will not be surprised to learn that this 70-foot tree looks exactly like a Christmas tree. But by calling it that you will be offending people of diverse culture and religion (Muslim terrorists, for example), pagans, atheists and fellow-traveling bleeding hearts.

    This spinspeak triumph, of course, comes on top of the growing effort this year to exclude the involvement of God with Thanksgiving.

    As Columnist Michelle Malkin reports, the State of Maryland has proclaimed that “Maryland public school students are free to thank anyone they want while learning about the 17th century celebration of Thanksgiving — as long as it’s not God.”

    Maryland public school officials have turned Thanksgiving into a multicultural harvest devoid of its spiritual essence. Students are taught that Pilgrims had a “belief system,” but nothing further. Not to worry, though. The Pilgrim Story is read in Spanish and English….

    The “National Holiday Tree” comes with 5000 ornaments and 10,000 lights but no manger. Presumably one is permitted on viewing the tree (possibly while dancing around it) to sing that old popular song that begins: “O holiday tree, O holiday tree” and wish everyone a “Merry Belief System.”