**A Post by Shifra**

Well, now that Kathryn Bigelow has been “punished” by the Hollywood Liberals – no Oscar nominations for her or for her film Zero Dark Thirty, and only one award (shared) for “sound editing,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called off the Inquisition, er, the investigation into the film, one day after the Academy Awards.

Via WSJ.

If Hollywood ever makes a film about the “Zero Dark Thirty” affair, it may stretch the credulity of audiences with even the lowest expectations of Washington.

As no one should forget, Senators Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and John McCain wrote letters to Sony Pictures and the CIA charging that “Zero Dark Thirty” was a “grossly inaccurate and misleading” portrayal of the interrogation of al Qaeda detainees. Ms. Feinstein’s intelligence committee opened an inquiry into what the CIA told the filmmakers, and the letters coincided with a media attack led by those great believers in artistic free expression at the New Yorker magazine.

Well, mission accomplished. The film was among the best reviewed of 2012 and has done well at the box office. But the attacks had their desired effect of intimidating Hollywood. Director Kathryn Bigelow was denied an Oscar nomination and the film won only a single (shared) award for sound editing. The Oscar ceremonies were Sunday night.

A day later, Reuters reported that the Senate is dropping its investigation of the film and CIA cooperation with the filmmakers. On Tuesday, Ms. Feinstein released a classic in political self-justification, claiming that “The committee has not made any contact with the filmmakers, did not request documents from any individual associated with the film, and have not conducted any investigation into the film whatsoever. We have simply asked questions of the intelligence community pertinent to our oversight responsibilities.”

The truth is that Ms. Feinstein was trying to punish a film whose attempt at historical accuracy conflicted with her view that waterboarding three al Qaeda operatives wasn’t effective and didn’t produce information that helped lead to the raid on Osama Bin Laden. It was a raw attempt at political intimidation, and had Dick Cheney ever tried something comparable he would have been roundly condemned.

The episode is a dark moment in Senate history, a blot on the Feinstein-McCain-Levin careers, and one more example of the way modern liberals seek to smear and silence those who disagree with them.

Tammy’s book, The New Thought Police,’ was published in 2001. The jacket cover notes that the book “…cuts through the deluge of politically correct speech and thought codes to expose the dangerous rise of left-wing McCarthyism.”

Looks like TNTP is more relevant today than ever before.

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  1. LJZumpano says:

    No soup for you Kathryn!

  2. Alain41 says:

    Pathetic that Democrats get away with threatening Woodward and Kathryn.

    In unrelated Hollywood news, Spielberg plans to make a mini-series on Napoleon.


  3. Maynard says:

    This brings to mind the even more egregious and effective government censorship of the mini-series “The Path to 9/11”, which was documented in John Ziegler’s “Blocking the Path to 9/11”.

    If you look at it with open eyes, you’ll find the circumstances surrounding “The Path to 9/11” to be truly chilling and in complete contradiction to everything you thought America stood for. Senators overtly threatened to revoke ABC’s broadcast license, and ABC went into a frenzy of last-minute editing to satisfy the demands of powerful politicians that certain elements of the story be changed. The show was broadcast once, and then ABC put it into deep freeze. In this day and age where everything is released as a DVD, ABC has steadfastly refused to issue a DVD. (Here’s a link to the Amazon placeholder where the DVD would appear.) If this isn’t government censorship for political purposes, then I don’t know what is.

    I’ve talked to people who were in Hollywood during McCarthyism, and they told me the censorship of that era was likewise insidious. If someone couldn’t get a job because they were blacklisted, the executives would shrug and say the blacklists didn’t exist. Likewise, ABC executives cite vague, unspecified business concerns when pressed on the question of why this is the one mini-series DVD that has never appeared.

    UPDATE: Hey, “Blocking the Path to 9/11” has been posted in its entirety on YouTube!

  4. Maynard says:

    By the way, look at that picture and take a guess at Kathryn Bigelow’s age. Then go look it up.

  5. Kitten says:

    Ya know, no TAM should be surprised by this. Tammy tells us constantly what these people are capable of, how they will stop at nothing to advance their liberal agenda at the expense of the American people, and telling the truth.

    If the government subsidizes you, they own you. If you don’t stay in line, they punish you. Hollywood films are heavily subsidized by the government these days.

    This time they lower the boom on Kathryn Bigelow. You think Hollywood got the message?

  6. Dave says:

    Senator Goebbels is doing a stellar job for all the stellar film makers in LALAland. Soon there will only be films praising the Glory of the Furher and of the Reich.

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