Tale of 2 flicks
Mainstream media's leftist bias is evident regarding two movies filmed in the Pittsburgh area — an anti-fracking environmentalist diatribe and a tale of parents overcoming the shortcomings of union-controlled public education.
The forthcoming “Promised Land” — starring and co-written by Matt Damon and shot in the Alle-Kiski Valley — predictably and inaccurately portrays U.S. energy companies as evil, polluting destroyers of small towns. Breitbart's Big Hollywood says it even “suggests they might be planting ‘doom-saying' environmentalists ... to undercut the legitimacy of environmental voices all-together.”
But there's more to this movie's agenda. It's financed in part by a company wholly owned by the government of Abu Dhabi — which produces 2.7 million barrels of oil a day and ranks sixth globally in natural gas reserves. Yet mainstream media have little, if anything, to say about Abu Dhabi's vested interest — and Hollywood leftists' complicity — in trashing a U.S. industry operating safely and reducing America's energy dependency on OPEC.
Instead, leftist mainstream media, such as National Public Radio, attack the recently released, Hill District-shot “Won't Back Down” as “propaganda ... from a conservative mogul” — financial backer Phil Anschutz.
So, it's fine for liberals (and their anti-American bedfellows behind the scenes), but not for conservatives, to promote their views? That old mainstream-media double standard is as off base today as it always has been.
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