Feb 23,2007 00:00
Celebrities sell – that’s largely why they’re celebrities. Britney Spears’ rehab-rotation makes headlines and sells newspapers. Anna Nicole Smith’s death is fodder for nearly every media outlet in
Rosie O’Donnell, a co-host of ABC’s The View, which reaches nearly 2 million Americans every day, declared on the Sept. 12 edition of the show: “Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like
On Oct. 24, O’Donnell told The View’s audience that apartheid
Ms. O’Donnell is free to express her views – that’s her right in “apartheid”
Radical Christians and paternal terrorists are okay, but don’t mess with “The Donald.”
Other left-leaning celebrities get lots of airtime, on the networks, on cable, and in other top media.
Actor Charlie Sheen, for instance, thinks that 9/11 may have been a government conspiracy – that sinister
Not surprisingly, Brolin’s wife, Barbra Streisand, a long-time
This is the same Streisand who consented to an interview on ABC’s 20/20 with Barbara Walters in 2000 only because ABC reportedly promised to let her explain why she supported Al Gore and the Democratic platform during the broadcast. That’s a convenient form of political advertising.
The celebrity liberal lunacy is nearly limitless. Actor and singer Harry Belafonte traveled to Venezuela in 2006 and told its socialist president, Hugo Chavez, “No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we’re here to tell you … [that] millions support your revolution, support your ideas, and we are expressing solidarity with you.”
One may oppose the
John Cusack would likely disagree, however. The successful actor wrote on HuffingtonPost.com on Nov. 11, 2005, that Bush & Co. are “lying about the war and profiting from it. … This is indeed a league of bastards – these men are human scum.”
Actor Alec Baldwin, in April 2005, declared on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher that “the leadership of the Republican Party are a bunch of sociopathic maniacs who have their lips super-glued to the a** of the conservative right.”
At an anti-war rally broadcast by C-SPAN on Oct. 26, 2006, actress Susan Sarandon warned, “let us find a way to resist fundamentalism that leads to violence – fundamentalism of all kinds, in al-Qaeda and within our government.”
Sean Penn, another actor-cum-activist, told CNN’s Larry King Live on Sept. 14, 2006 that President Bush has “devastated our democracy.” Three weeks later, of course, the Democrats won both the House and the Senate in a national election.
Liberal celebrities can have their say. No fair American would knock their right to free speech. But it’s also fair to remind Americans just what the limousine liberals are saying, and how the likes of ABC and CNN and other media seem to do all they can to accommodate them.
Michael Chapman is director of communications for the