Earth to Rep. Lynn Jenkins….the military needs Hollywood to spread a positive image and recruitment.
In an amazing reversal from the Republican supported Citizens United decision, based on the release of the hit piece “Hilary the Movie” during the election season, Jenkins and others want to stop the production of a pro-Obama film about the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
CBSNews: Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., introduced a bill on Friday that would prohibit the federal government from giving information about the raid that killed bin Laden to outside groups and require any collaboration not be funded by taxpayer dollars.
Hollywood has been used by our government to promote a positive image of the military for nearly a century. In fact, government help has been described as a blatant propaganda tool. But Jenkins is blissfully unaware:
"It is unconscionable that tax payer dollars are being used to aid the Hollywood film industry in fact checking and script research," Jenkins said in a statement. "I plan to introduce the Stop Subsidizing Hollywood Act, which will stop the Administration from sharing information about the mission to kill Osama bin Laden with Hollywood moviemakers or anyone else."
The real reason centers on the fact that the October 2012 movie would give Obama help at election time. A fair comparison would be Hilary the Movie, which the Supreme Court decided was free speech.
Last week, Peter King, R-N.Y., called for an investigation into what information was shared.
The response by the White House repeats what has been true for nearly ninety years;
"We do not discuss classified information." White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said last week when asked about King's letter. "And I would hope that as we face the continued threat from terrorism, the House Committee on Homeland Security would have more important topics to discuss than a movie. The information that this White House provided about that mission has been focused on the president's role and there is no difference in the information that we've given to anybody who's working on this topic from what we gave to those of you in this room who worked on it in the days and weeks after the raid itself." Carney said that when people in the media are working on content that involves the president, "we do our best to accommodate them to make sure that facts are correct."