Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: 'No-Go' for U.S. T.V.

21 May 2005

'No-Go' for U.S. T.V.

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** "Something extraordinary has happened to American TV since September 11," says Curtis. "A head of the leading networks who had better remain nameless said to me that there was no way they could show it. He said, 'Who are you to say this?' and then he added, 'We would get slaughtered if we put this out.'"

"Surely a relatively enlightened broadcaster like HBO would show it? "When I was in New York I took a DVD to the head of documentaries at HBO. I still haven't heard from him." **

That's the teaser. Here's the headline.

~ * The film US TV networks dare not show * ~

Next - the credits.

** Adam Curtis has recut his explosive war on terror documentary The Power of Nightmares into a feature film - and is taking it to the festival. But he's no Michael Moore, he tells Stuart Jeffries. Thursday May 12, 2005. The Guardian **

How's that for some serious name dropping? And there's more.

** " ...... his film has no leading ladies who could disport themselves in backless numbers or lantern-jawed himbos to vogue fatuously before the snappers. Unless, of course, two of his chief protagonists, Osama bin Laden and Paul Wolfowitz, could be prevailed upon to pose together for the world's press ... " **

If your interest's not aroused yet, I doubt it ever will be. If you'd like to learn more -- click on the link at the bottom.

But first, here's a couple more snippets.

** " .... two men who would prove massively influential to the establishment of Islamic terror groups and to the neo-Conservative American tendency that now dominates Washington were both in the US.

One was an Egyptian school inspector called Sayyid Qutb whose ideas would directly inspire those who flew the planes on the attacks of September 11. Qutb's summer visit to Colorado revolted him so much - he could see nothing there but decadent materialism - that he went home thinking that modern liberal freedoms were eroding society's bonds and that only a radical Islam could prevent its destruction.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, an obscure political philosopher called Leo Strauss was developing a similar critique of western liberalism (though without the Islamic answer to individualism's purported ills).

He called on conservative politicians to invent national myths to hold society together and stop America in particular from collapsing into degraded individualism. It was from such Straussian reflections that the idea that the US's national destiny was to tilt against seeming foreign evils - be they the Soviet bloc or, later, fundamentalist Islam - was born." **

( snip )

** "politicians such as Bush and Blair have stumbled on a new force that can restore their power and authority - the fear of a hidden and organised web of evil from which they can protect their people.

In a still-traumatised US, those with the darkest nightmares have become the most powerful and Curtis's film castigates the media, security forces and the Bush administration for extending their power in this way. "It has really touched a nerve with people who realise something is not quite right with the way terrorism has been reported."

For these reasons, one might well think that The Power of Nightmares would provide a usefully chastening corrective to the prevailing orthodoxy if it were shown on US television. But it seems extremely unlikely that it will be." **

( snip )

Re; red highlighting of last sentences of both first & last paragraphs. Surely, the United States is still a democracy? Surely, America is still the Land of the Free?

Erm, ......................... isn't it?

Click for the full article:,15927,1481970,00.html


Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

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1:39 am  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

Hi Richard

I am hoping I can find the film on DVD for sale at an online bookstore. I want to see it!

2:22 am  
Blogger JulieDee said...

Where can I find that? I HAVE TO HAVE IT!!!! **drools**


(bats eyes coyly)

(chases the coy bats away from her eyes) SHOO!

Richard... Sweety... YOU would send me copy wouldn't you?

5:27 am  
Blogger Richard said...

I missed this first time round on TV here, but I'll ensure I don't miss the revised/repeat. It should be back on BBC soon.

12:25 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


I'd send one to lot's of people - if only I could afford to. Roesmary's idea sounds good;search for an oline seller.

BTW, I sent your piece around to those I think will be most interested/appreciative. I hope your campaign has the desired effect.

12:29 pm  
Blogger D.F. Facti said...

Thank you, Richard, for this. The vast majority of Americans have no idea that the philosophical patron of the current right wing phenomenon was possibly an atheist (Leo Strauss), who subscribed to the theory that society is composed of three factions: the vulgar (the majority); the gentlemen and the wise. The wise few are the only ones who can handle the truth, which is that ultimately there is nothing. At a eulogy for a fellow-philosopher, he said that the man had 'died like a philosopher, without hope.'

Sick, sick, sick.

5:55 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

You're welcome, Cosmic.

As wise as Strauss thought himself to be -- he was wrong. People like ourselves are the proof. As long as we persevere, the truth will eventually out. No one can fool ALL the people, ALL the time. Not even the current bunch of crooks.

7:17 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

Richard, I cannot thank you enough! Ever since these religious fanatics have gotten a foot hold in the American political scene they have run roughshod over everyone they see as sinners. They make no secret of their goal of turning America into a theocracy... and if they do they will make the Taliban look like a Liberal Sunday Morning Pick-Nick and Butterfly Collecting Society! Frankly, they scare the pee-water out of me! If we loose this one, I doubt I'll be alive to see it make it's way through the endless court battles and appeals... and our dream of marriage in the place of my birth will never come true.

Odd, it feels as though we've been friends for years rather than only having met a couple of weeks ago! Between the politics on both sides of the pond, the endless give & take of blogdom and the never ending series of pain and treatment my life has not been boring since coming here! I want to thank you for helping to make it a great experience so far!

11:18 pm  
Anonymous floopmeister said...

Seen it many times. It's the Real Deal, people - my wife is writing an analysis of it for her Master's subject on terrorism.

Get it and watch it. Now.

Amazing what gets on the air when you have a public broadcaster, hey?

7:30 am  

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