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Hollywood selects leftist propaganda movie “Argo” for “Best Picture” Oscar

As USA Today reports, the truth is that the Canadians did almost all of the work of the rescue mission.

Excerpt:

The former Canadian ambassador to Iran who protected Americans at great personal risk during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis says it will reflect poorly on Ben Affleck if he doesn’t say a few words about Canada’s role should the director’s film “Argo” win the Oscar for best picture Sunday.

But Ken Taylor — who said he feels slighted by the movie because it makes Canada look like a meek observer to CIA heroics in the rescue of six U.S. Embassy staff members caught in the crisis — is not expecting it.

“I would hope he would. If he doesn’t then it’s a further reflection,” Taylor told The Associated Press. But the 78-year-old Taylor added that given what’s happened in the last few months, “I’m not necessarily anticipating anything.”

Taylor kept the Americans hidden at his residence and the home of his deputy, John Sheardown, in Tehran and facilitated their escape by arranging plane tickets and persuading the Ottawa government to issue fake passports. He also agreed to go along with the CIA’s film production cover story to get the Americans out of Iran.

Taylor became a hero in Canada and the United States afterward. He felt the role that he and other Canadians played in helping the Americans to freedom was minimized in the film.

“In general it makes it seem like the Canadians were just along for the ride. The Canadians were brave. Period,” Taylor said.

[...][Former U.S. President Jimmy] Carter appeared on CNN on Thursday night and said “90 percent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian,” but the film “gives almost full credit to the American CIA.”

Carter also called “Argo” a complete distortion of what happened when he accepted an honorary degree from Queen’s University in Canada in November.

“I saw the movie Argo recently and I was taken aback by its distortion of what happened because almost everything that was heroic, or courageous or innovative was done by Canada and not the United States,” Carter said.

Taylor said there would be no movie without the Canadians.

“We took the six in without being asked so it starts there,” Taylor said. “And the fact that we got them out with some help from the CIA then that’s where the story loses itself. I think Jimmy Carter has it about right, it was 90 percent Canada, 10 percent the CIA.”

He said CIA agent Tony Mendez, played by Affleck in the film, was only in Iran for a day and a half.

So, naturally, it gets the Oscar for Best Picture. It’s a fake movie, and that’s what we expect from uneducated artists who play make-believe for a living. The real Best Picture of 2012 was Dinesh D’Souza’s “2016”, but they’ll never pick that, because it told the truth. It was not even included as a nominee for Best Documentary, although it made more money than all the 15 nominees for Best Documentary, combined.

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18 Responses

  1. Chris C. says:

    It is such a shame that Hollywood is dominated by Liberals.

  2. Pat Joy says:

    I’m afraid that this happens all the time. War in the Pacific, Anzacs not even mentioned. Finding the inigma code book and machine, not mentioned that a British submariner found it by shear luck, the Americans got it after a long pitched battle.

    • I was just watching a documentary on the North Africa campaign (Operation Torch) last night, and the ANZAC forces were prominently featured. They are incredible soldiers. The Canadians also have a reputation for being quite courageous on the battlefield.

  3. Take The Red Pill says:

    This doesn’t surprise me at all; I’ve been observing the influence of leftist feminism/socialism/marxism in the crap films and television propaganda programming being churned out by Hollywood for the last few decades, to the point that I hardly go to movies anymore and RARELY even watch television.

    Unfortunately, it seems that I’m one of the minorities in this country that uses their mind, and would much rather watch a science or investigative documentary on PBS or online, than some revisionist history crap or the latest mind-rot ‘comedy’.

    • I go to one movie per year in the theaters, and it will be something like 2016, Expelled or Bella. I don’t even have a TV. Why buy a TV when you can just see World War 2 documentaries on Youtube or buy the DVDs for Downton Abbey online?

  4. Perhaps my leftism-radar is not always perfect, but i enjoyed ARGO, and failed to notice much leftist-propaganda. And i think the average movie watcher will fail to see it, also. Hollywood almost always messes with the truth, so that is a given. Certainly it short-sheeted the heroic role of the Canadiens, but that could be seen as erring on the side of glorifying America, not leftist-prop. The one instance usually objected to, Carter mumbling something during the ending-credits, was forgettable and not significant enough to ruin the pic. The average viewer will not have any trouble separating the good guys from the bad ones. I’m glad they finally made movie about it, however inaccurate. I found it a good little movie, not great, and a small story, not an epic or grand one.

  5. Francine says:

    I don’t understand the complaints. I watched the movie and that is exactly how I saw Canada represented. The brave ambassador and his wife took in the refugees at great personal risk to themselves, the Canadian ambassador acquired passports for them, he and his house staff heroically lied to the Iranian authorities about them, and Ben Affleck was only in Iran for a day and a half. That is exactly what the movie showed.

    As for any representation of Jimmy Carter, the only thing close to that was when “higher ups” got wind of the plan and tried to stop it for fear that they would look bad if it failed. So basically, they were more willing to let the six people get caught and executed in the streets, than risk a little humiliation.

  6. drj says:

    Gotta echo what Francine said… left wing propaganda?! Wha?!? I mean.. huh?!? Really? Where, why, how? Ever seen the movie?

    • Did you read the post? Carter says the movie is false, and the Canadians involved say it’s false. Please deal with the evidence. We don’t care about your personal opinions when we have direct testimony.

  7. d says:

    WinteryKnight – Ok, so Carter says the movie is inaccurate. Ok, sure he’s probably in a better position to know than me. But I think his assessment is off about the role of Canada in the film, as I walked away from the movie feeling like Canada’s role in the matter was portrayed as major and heroic and integral. I mean it really was… maybe they did even WAAAAY more in real life, I don’t know – but Canada was *very* significant.

    But even if Jimmy Carter is right… what exactly makes downplaying Canada’s role “leftist propaganda”? I just don’t get the charge.

    • The trouble is that Carter and the Canadian who was involved with the actual events disagree with you. They think the movie was inaccurate. Do you know more than Carter and the Canadians who Carter says did 90% of the work? Please tell us why you know better than Carter and the Canadians who were involved. They are saying that the movie was inaccurate.

  8. In other words, in answer to DRJ’s question, no, Mr. Knight didn’t see it?

    With respect—and you know I’m a conservative and a fan of this blog—I agree with the commenters above who think that it’s pretty unfair to characterize Argo as a “leftist propaganda movie”. I watched it (and I enjoyed it). It’s true that the movie wasn’t 100% historically accurate, but making a movie more pro-American than the historical facts doesn’t make it more “leftist”. The movie definitely did not “make [Carter] look hawkish and competent”.

    In fact, I think the movie was pretty good, especially for Hollywood. It showed Middle Eastern Muslims as a different culture from ours, the world as a hostile place, and America as the good guys—all true, but politically incorrect and (these days) very much conservative truths. A lot of Hollywood movies aren’t much like that. I think Argo is worth celebrating.

  9. Jason says:

    I was a kid when this whole crisis was going on in 1979 / 1980.
    I will admit it was so much above my comprehension for the time.

    I find it still funny that the hostages were released the DAY Reagan was Inaugurated in 1981.

    I do remember that everyone was so very happy when the hostages came home. I remember the parades on TV, and some of them speaking about what happened to them.

    Mind you…never an apology from the Iranian government.

    It cannot be denied what many brave Canadians did over there for hostages that were not even their own countrymen. At that time many in the USA foreign office BEGGED the UK for help in their foreign office in Iran, and we got shrugged shoulders from them.

    When the movie came out, and I saw that ‘Ben Affleck” was involved…..I knew I didn’t want to see it, I don’t like Ben Affleck and never have.

    Also remember this is what ‘Hollywood” does. Every time they do movies like this or in this vein…it’s always “based” on true events. Take it for what it is, a good movie evidently, but to then go out and quote this movie (Like JFK, or Nixon for example) as FACT is just plain foolishness.

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