Doc Cleveland: Advice From Actors To Academics
I am in the middle of The West Wing series again on Netflix. For some reason the stream quit after the first three years and out of the blue, the rest of the episodes appeared, magically last week.
Anyway I have Adult Deficit Multipersonality whatever and I watch golf and read blogs at the same time I 'view' my stream.
Well, we now have PCTV.
No not politically correct TV which will always be with us.
We have for sometime seen the likes of bigger blog sites like Huffpo and Beast and Salon providing video interviews.
So I run into a 61 minute HUFFPO special interviewing Phil Donahue of all people.
And what HUFFPO was getting into involves our ten year venture into Halliburton's War.
And Phil, did a documentary (which is also available at Netflix) in 2007 about this Halliburton War.
You have to see this interview.
This interview not only sent me, eventually, to the 2007 documentary but it caused dust devils to reel around in my cranium to an extent I had not predicted.
To say the least The West Wing segment I had been viewing was aborted.
This has been a terrible 12 year period for me and I have contemplated ending it all many times—don't worry, I am basically a coward.
I have problems with my memory at times.
Well this interview brought back memories that left my emotions reeling.
First, I had recalled that Donahue was the ratings giant at MSNBC at the turn of the millennium.
He had broadcasted his syndicated talk show/Murray-like show for 29 years and had picked up ten Emmys.
Second, I recall that we had no voices, broadcasted voices, against the impending war brought about by sinister forces including Cheney and Wolfowitz and Feith and others in 2002.
Except Phil Donahue.
And about half way through this interview Phil notes that the McClatchy group had voiced its objections to the impending war in 2002 and it was the only powerful media group that did object!
But I am talking about TV because from 2002 to 2008 all I had was TV.
Anyway Phil is fired in 2003 for voicing THE TRUTH by MSNBC!
Maher had been fired of course for saying bad things about 9/11/01.
The Dixie Chicks were lambasted by everyone and lost millions in royalties and canceled appearances.
Michael Moore was booed at the Oscars.
Actors like Wood appeared on Leno and disavowed all allegiance to 'liberalism' forever.
Silvers echoed this sentiment. (Silvers being a recurring character on West Wing for awhile)
And there were many other celebrities and politicians who took a right turn at this 2002 corner and really never 'righted' their destination.
Ten or fifteen minutes into the HUFFPO interview, they show a video from 2002. Chris Matthews is interviewing Phil.
Chris basically calls Phil one of those damn liberals who love to find fault with the United States of America; Phil is one of those liberals like Moore who hate America and Chris only loves America recognizing that his country has some faults.
See, my memory aint that bad. Chris, who had been a McLoughlin regular decades ago was a liberal who worked for the Democratic Speaker and had been in the Peace Corps (to this day he tells us that he was in the Peace Corp as a kid every single week).
But my greatest memory of Chris involved his paneling with Olbermann (Keith saved my soul I swear to Almighty God because he became the only voice of reason on MSNBC BY 2004). Chris was absolutely dripping in a protoplasm of patriotic exuberance whilst the duo experienced the rover presentation of w bush on that goddamnable aircraft carrier duplicating a scene from Independence Day whereby we were to somehow believe that w had just arrived after bombing the Muslim Devil Sadaam and announced that WE HAVE WON THE WAR.
I KNEW, absolutely knew this was bullshite! I knew it and only Olbermann confirmed my suspicions.
By 2005? Chris had changed his tune.
Now Phil announces that Chris had since apologized for statements made against Donahue but I do not recall Chris ever apologizing on the air for anything.
Anyway, Chris began to have second thoughts of the previous three years of propaganda sent to him by the w Administration. And Chris announced on the air in 2005 that the VP had actually contacted his superiors telling them to have Chris 'tone it down'.
By then Chris had become a liberal again and he has become more of a liberal every goddamn year following.
Chris is doing just fine with his gig and he constantly demonstrates where the repubs are lying thieving bastards. Hahahahah
Anyway back to Phil.
Phil kind of lost everything.
He put it on the line.
With all of his residuals and such, Phil is not crying about his fate.
Four years after his 'demise' Phil makes this documentary in 2007.
BODY OF WAR
You can find this wonderful documentary on Netflix and other places.
For those who do not have access to Netflix here is a Wiki entry:
Otherwise google Body of War and there are other sites where you might find portions or scenes from this film.
The HUFFPO exposition brings us many small scenes from the film.
I am sure that Phil noted the success of Moore and thought: Hell, I might try this. I mean there appears to be a new era!
In the documentary you will find all those great speeches mostly by repubs but many by dems supporting the most stupid incursion in the history of this country—except for Vietnam of course.
The lies made AT THE TIME were incredible.
And some of us older folks knew this from the start.
Iraq is going to nuke us in the next ten minutes.
Iraq funded Al Qaida.
Iraq is planning the annihilation of the United States of America.
Iraq is responsible for the 9/11/01 assault upon Wall Street.
Moore had already demonstrated that Osama was a Saudi and that his kin were 'sent' to other parts of the world as soon as the Twin Towers went down.
Hillary and Kerry and Biden and a number of other dem leaders failed us.
There is no other way to put this sentiment.
Obama was right there in 2002: THIS IS BULLSHITE.
Of course our President at the time was an Illinois State Senator in 2002 with aspirations to Congress that he would never achieve.
Kucinich, a personage that SNL has had a lot of fun with said: THIS IS BULLSHITE.
Just the other day I heard a falsehood pronounced on MSNBC that the House of Representatives unanimously supported the Vietnam 'incursion'. I think this false statement appeared on Maddow.
Well, no. My Congressional Representative in those days was Donald Fraser and he said: BULLSHITE! And he said it on the House Floor and he never backed off his contempt for what LBJ was doing at the time.
I am not attempting a 200 page tome on this subject.
But watch this HUFFPO interview with Phil Donahue—Michael Moore shows up with ten minutes left—and see why my hero was and is Phil Donahue.
And if you get a chance, check out Phil's documentary from 2007.
Chris Matthews has righted himself, even if he never apologizes for it. I was lied to is his defense.
Joe Scarborough has never apologized or righted himself. He simply revisions himself.
Oh I was against war spending repub admin pricks....
But when you compare the lies of Mornin Joke with the lies told by the Wolfowitz's and Cheney's and Bushes and Rices and Feiths and Yo's and hundreds of other repubs, well Joe looks a little better.
Tiger looks good at Bay Hill today, Sunday early AM. I mean Tiger is leading and if he wins this tournament he will close in on Snead 82-77. Tiger will be rated number one for the PGA and World Golf commissions. Tiger will be leading in the Fed Ex Cups Ratings, Tiger will Beat one of Snead's records by winning 8 times in the same tournament....
That is all fine and dandy.
But if I bet a grand on that happening; well if I lose I lose a grand.
The pricks who started this Halliburton War only made more money.
They lost nothing in bets and never had to pay a dime for their felonious lies. In fact their vaults were filled with gold as a result of their sending US soldiers to their deaths along with the 'collateral damages' that ensued. (Most probably hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis)
AND IT'S A DAMN SHAME.