LIONEL PODCAST: #AmericanSniper Is Pure Military Propaganda

Any questions? You can’t get better than this. It’s perfect. So what’s wrong with propaganda? It’s as old as war. As old as thought. It’s etymology? “Originally this word derived from a new administrative body of the Catholic Church (congregation) created in 1622, called the Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (Congregation for Propagating the Faith), or informally simply Propaganda.” It’s not illegal and it’s in the eye of the beholder. Look at Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch. Can you say Jerry Bruckheimer? The CIA and Hollywood have contracted for years as has the Pentagon. Holy, Frank Capra, Batman! Where’ve you been? I can still remember John Wayne and his now laughable “Green Berets.” And enter Michael Moore into the fray and it’s perfect. The perfect left-right paradigm.

Brilliant! American Sniper is perfect propaganda. Packaged and delivered as part of the age-old connection and information delivery system between Hollywood and the government. And with Clint Eastwood at the helm, the fellow who fetishized Dirty Harry and drove home the phallic sub-memes of the magnum and “Make my day,” I mean this is perfect. Throw into the mix Michael Moore decrying the horrors of sniping, by sniping oddly enough, and you have to marvel at the beauty of the setup. Frank Capra would be proud. This after the NFL drives home the connection between patriotism and the flag and flyovers and the American pastime and, well, you get the idea. No, be not mistaken, from the folks who gave you Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch, meet Chris Kyle. And you thought Hollywood was liberal! Ha!

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