Thursday, November 24, 2016

"Breitbart" John Nolte's misrepresentation of film critic Lou Lumenick UPDATE:

The Breitbart readers might whine and complain that this or that person or group is "politically correct," a phrase that seems to mean something which annoys them, but they themselves are concerned with whether something is Politically Confederate. 

John Nolte has a June 24, 2015 article "Confederate Frenzy: NY Film Critic Calls for Banning of 'Gone With the Wind,'" in Breitbart.

Breitbart lists him as Editor-at-Large.

At the head of the article is a scene from the movie "Fahrenheit 451" showing books being burned.

The article starts out with a column of single words like, "Hitler, Stalin" and phrases "Book burning, Movie banning."

Nolte says, "it is always only a matter of time before they show their fascist colors." Nolte also states that there is a "frenzy" which "is now a full-blown mob waging a bullying witch hunt to completely memory-hole the flag."

Perhaps language like this is the stuff of Breitbart. A rabid, foam flecked style to give the readers their daily ration of rage.

HOWEVER, in reading Lou Lumenick's film review he  doesn't call for banning of the film.

Lumenick is not calling for the banning of the film. No he is not.

Lou Lumenick is asking his readers to critically re-evaluate their view of "Gone With the Wind," and consider that this racist film shouldn't be one of their favorites. Lumenick states:
But what does it say about us as a nation if we continue to embrace a movie that, in the final analysis, stands for many of the same things as the Confederate flag that flutters so dramatically over the dead and wounded soldiers at the Atlanta train station just before the “GWTW’’ intermission?
That is what film critics do, they criticize films, they evaluate them. Sometimes they don't like a film. In this case Lumenick doesn't like "Gone With the Wind" and in the review as a whole details the racism in "Gone With the Wind" and shows that the film is racist garbage. In the conclusion of the article Lumenick states:

That studio sent “Gone with the Wind’’ back into theaters for its 75th anniversary in partnership with its sister company Turner Classic Movies in 2014, but I have a feeling the movie’s days as a cash cow are numbered. It’s showing on July 4 at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the museum’s salute to the 100th anniversary of Technicolor — and maybe that’s where this much-loved but undeniably racist artifact really belongs.

Not liking a film is not banning it. Asking others to consider that it is a bad film is not banning a film. Speculating that with the decline of racism and the end of the Lost Cause understanding of slavery and the Civil War, that a film based on the Lost Cause would have declining future prospects is not banning it.

What I think we see here is that an article is written full of inflammatory passages to get the reader all worked up to accept some assertion that the Breitbart reader wants to accept anyways without closely sticking to the facts or not having a relationship to the facts at all.

In short a lot of white nationalist raging and cauterwauling when someone has an opinion that is not in agreement with white nationalism.


Here is another Breitbart article by John Nolte about the Gay pride flag.

His writing style seems to be to just assert hysterical statements.

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