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Newsmax's Hirsen: 'American Sniper' Bursts Liberal Hollywood's Bubble

By    |   Tuesday, 20 January 2015 04:12 PM

The anti-"American Sniper" spleen vented by some prominent Hollywood figures proves the Oscar-nominated, box-office smash has gotten under the skin of the liberal culture establishment, even if it hasn't altered the left's negative view of wartime military heroism, says Newsmax West Coast correspondent James Hirsen.

"Because that's what this is about: your attitude towards the military," Hirsen told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Tuesday in the wake of disparaging "American Sniper" tweets from filmmaker Michael Moore and actor Seth Rogen.

Hirsen noted that other entertainers, including country singer Blake Shelton and veteran actor Rob Lowe, have come forward to defend the U.S. military, according service members the same respect that director Clint Eastwood demonstrated in re-creating the Iraq war experience of Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle.

But Hirsen said, "Hollywood doesn't understand that, generally."

"That's why this box office took them by surprise," he said, "That's why the nominations of the Academy took them by surprise, because they don't understand the values of what is called fly-over country."

Moore tweeted that he was taught snipers were "cowards" because one killed his uncle in World War II. Rogen, meanwhile, tweeted that "American Sniper" reminded him of the Nazi propaganda reel in the Quentin Tarantino movie, "Inglourious Basterds."

Those knocks were preceded and amplified by liberal cultural critics and writers who have slammed the late Kyle as a flag-waving racist and remorseless killer.

Moore himself backpedaled after the furor — which Hirsen likened to a "celebrity war" — and insisted against all timing and context that he wasn't talking about "American Sniper," for which director Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper have earned Academy Award nods.

"The backtracking, it's too, little too late," said Hirsen.

While some critics of Moore, known for agit-prop documentaries opposing big business and the Iraq war, may wish he would just go away, Hirsen said, "In all practical considerations of Michael Moore, he virtually has gone away. He's a has-been, and he's trying to get attention, clearly."

Hirsen said the entire flap lays bare the cognitive dissonance and double standards that are the rule in liberal Hollywood.

"They'll put out these torture-porn films, and they'll condemn other films for lack of diversity and multiculturalism and things like that," he said.

But the attitude is different if on-screen violence supports a narrative of military valor, and if a movie embraces a worldview other than that shared by West Coast elites.

"It's an insular bubble," said Hirsen. "They only talk to each other. They only go to parties with each other.

"When a rare situation like this occurs where a [pro-military] film gets made, championed by Bradley Cooper, you've got to give him a lot of credit for that," said Hirsen. "The original director for this was Steven Spielberg and he walked away from this movie, which has turned out to be the biggest of Clint Eastwood's career."

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