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Wednesday, August 20, 2003


One Foot Stomping,1,1235214.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions

posted by Trammell at Wednesday, August 20, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
I picked this up on Points West yesterday, but haven't seen many others blog it, so a snipet here from the LA Times Opinion Page:
To that end - [movie production support or denial] - the military uses access to military units, bases and even stock military footage and open areas such as the Presidio to force prepublication review and script changes. This access is vital for many films on military subjects, so producers yield to the demands.

Phil Strub, the head of the Pentagon's liaison office, recently revealed this criterion for getting approval for a film as "accurate": "Any film that portrays the military as negative is not realistic to us."
I slept on this, and still can't find anything useful to say. Slack jaw, shock and dismay. They aren't even trying to look fair and balanced. Anybody with some commentary, please, go for it, you can read the entire Op Ed here. And please blog it, too.


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