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    Axis of Chutzpah: Troops Presenting Best Documentary Awards

    By Kyle | February 25, 2008

    Given that the most recent statistics show that approximately 97.4 percent of all documentaries present America as a scary place and of those 97.4, most are meant to present the troops in Iraq as overmatched at best and as abusive, sadistic criminals at worst, it’s pretty cheeky of the Oscars to have troops serving overseas present the Oscar for best documentary short subject.

    “Move away from the dark side and back to the light,” the director of “Taxi to the Dark Side” says. I doubt our troops agree that we are stuck in the dark side. I think they would argue that the vast majority of them abide by the law, by the rules of engagement and by their own moral compasses, yet they get little feeling of support from their country because those who work in the media are bent on presenting sordid, depraved and illegal acts committed by members of the military and intelligence services (which are of course elements in this war, as they are in every war) as the norm in order to undercut the war and defund the troops.

    Topics: Iraq, Oscars, Politics | 6 Comments »

    6 Responses to “Axis of Chutzpah: Troops Presenting Best Documentary Awards”

    1. Michelle Malkin » The Oscars open thread…or NASCAR open thread; Update: Sicko loses; Hollywood uses the troops, gives lukewarm reception, then bashes them; Update: A Gulf War vet responds Says:
      February 25th, 2008 at 2:19 am

      […] 1:00am Eastern. Gulf War I Vet Kyle Smith responds to Hollyweird’s “Axis of Chutzpah”…(hat tip: Libertas) Given that […]

    2. Richard Romano Says:
      February 25th, 2008 at 3:01 am

      I support our troops and the mission –God bless our men and women…Hollyweird owes huge debt to our military…bunch of no-good ingrates!

    3. mindy a Says:
      February 25th, 2008 at 7:26 am

      I agree with this sentament. Our troops are not the dark side, but are the good side.

    4. Health Care BS - SICKO LEFT IN THE WAITING ROOM Says:
      February 25th, 2008 at 7:40 am

      […] One doesn’t have to speculate, however, on the chutzpah of Oscar night producers. Kyle Smith explains: Given that the most recent statistics show that approximately 97.4 percent of all […]

    5. Hot Air » Blog Archive » Video: Hollywood salutes crazed babykilling dupes Says:
      February 25th, 2008 at 9:48 am

      […] pawns, and deserters who populate the military of Tinseltown’s dreams. Post film critic Kyle Smith says it all, or almost all: I like the fact that they brought out Hanks to do the introduction […]

    6. + OSCAR LEAVES SICKO ON THE WAITING LIST + FreeMarketCure.com Says:
      February 25th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

      […] One doesn’t have to speculate, however, on the chutzpah of Oscar night producers. Kyle Smith explains: Given that the most recent statistics show that approximately 97.4 percent of all […]

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