I commented a few posts ago about an uncommonly high repeat rate on a few cable channels of To Kill a Mockingbird. I wondered if this was part of a none-too-subtle agenda on the part of some cable channel schedulers regarding the current election.
I’ve thought about it a bit more, and here is a further list:
- The Manchurian Candidate: the original, not the so-so remake. One of the strongest anti-McCarthyism movies ever made (and a pretty damn good nail-biter to boot). View it in light of Palin’s “pro-America”/”anti-American” comments and those of local Congresswoman Michele Bachman. Offered repeatedly.
- Seven Days in May. Seen just yesterday. Only once so far. A right-wing element within the military attempts a coup against a President who dares to negotiate an unprecedented treaty with the Soviets. Discussions with Iran with no preconditions, anyone?
- Good Night and Good Luck. George Clooney’s paean to Edward R. Murrow and the downfall of McCarthy. In widescreen and hi-def repeatedly in recent days. (You really must listen to McCarthy’s rebuttal to Murrow’s program that first attacked him. (The movie uses a tape of the Senator’s actual comments.) He falsely accuses Murrow of having been a member of the IWW, a “terrorist organization.” Sound familiar?)
- Others appearing in lesser roles: Fail Safe — the ultimate horror story from the nuclear age and testimony to the skill of a (fictitious) President with no military background in making very difficult decisions. Thirteen Days — Kevin Costner’s semi-fictitious retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis and JFK’s standing up to the military and avoiding nuclear armageddon — remember that JFK’s previous (and only) government job was as a U.S. Senator, and a young and inexperienced one at that. Recount — HBO’s account of the 2000 election and the fight over Florida’s electoral votes, as if we need a reminder of Republican dirty tricks and the dangers of a too-close election, not to mention the eight-year nightmare we have endured as a result.
Mind, as far as I’m concerned these movies and this agenda are on the side of the angels. But I’m asking the question.