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May 16, 2007

Robert Greenwald Speaks Truth to Power

Independent filmmaker Robert Greenwald was called to testify before the House Appropriations Committee last week to talk about war profiteering, the subject of his latest film, Iraq for Sale.  He was great - earnest, articulate, and personable.

In this amazing YouTube exchange between Greenwald and Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA), we see Kingston making a complete fool of himself trying to change the subject in every way he can think of.   It's worth watching just to see the depths of idiocy that we have to contend with in Congress.  Forget another, bigger blue wave - which I do think we will get in 2008.  It would take a blue tsunami to get fools like this - a Republican on the Appropriations Committee from a southern state district with 4 military bases - out of Congress.

The good news is that with Democrats in charge, we are holding these hearings.  (We even get a cameo appearance by our own Norm Dicks.)  The other good news is that they were able to hear from a man who has, like so many of us, put his life on hold to work on rebuilding our democracy.  Through his company, Brave New Films, Greenwald has made a range of important films for our times, including Outfoxed, The Big Buy and WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price. 

Kingston gave Greenwald the opportunity to tell members of this committee, probably the most susceptible to corruption on the hill, that the films he makes are produced because of the people who give $25 or $50 to help him make these movies.  I loved that part.  And, if you are inclined to join in those contributions, here's the place to do it. 

Hat tip to Jack Smith

Posted by Lynn Allen on May 16, 2007 at 08:12 AM in Iraq, Media, Taking Action | Permalink


Speaking of Jack Kingston, tonight "good Chris Matthews" showed up on Hardballs and beat the crap out of Kingston for equating the occupation of Iraq with the post-war occupation of Germany or South Korea.

Posted by: op99 | May 16, 2007 4:05:16 PM

I think courage is contagious. We have had a run of honorable people speaking out, thanks to the both the Democrats investigations and to the availability of blogs and videos.

With luck, it's starting to spread.

Posted by: Lynn | May 16, 2007 8:24:48 PM

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