Emma Watson, J.K. Rowling, and the Connections Between Hollywood and the National Security State, with Alan MacLeod

[embed]https://youtube.com/watch?v=Y_IthLAM7l0[/embed] Both “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson and the book’s author, J.K. Rowling, have been courting controversy: the former for posting a message of solidarity with the Palestinian people on her official Instagram page; the latter after comedian Jon Stewart took her to task for the insensitive and antisemitic portrayal of goblins in her book and movie franchise. Yet while Rowling was defended by a wide range of pro-Israel groups who rushed to her side, Watson was slandered as a secret anti-Jewish bigot by figures as official as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations. Joining Lowkey today on The Watchdog to discuss this blatant double standard is MintPress Senior Staff Writer and Podcast Producer Alan MacLeod. Before joining MintPress News in 2019, Alan was an academic whose work focused on propaganda, media and power. He has published a number of peer-reviewed academic papers on the subject, as well as two books: “Bad News From Venezuela: Twenty Years of Fake News and Misreporting,” and “Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent.” His latest article, “J.K. Rowling’s Hypocrisy: The Author who Smeared Jeremy Corbyn Gave Us Books and Films Full of Antisemitic Stereotypes,” can be read on

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Let’s go to the movies—or not

by Jon Rappoport December 2, 2021 (To join our email list, click here.) I was going to make a list. But I gave up. The list would probably reference the majority of Hollywood movies. The common theme: a heinous crime is committed against the lone hero’s loved ones. He goes outside the law to enact his revenge on the perpetrators. Why do producers and studios make so many of these films? They sell. Why? Because the audience knows the legal system of justice is broken. The audience has a visceral desire to see actual justice delivered. They want to see a hero make criminals pay. Imagine this: A new honest flaming reformer takes over Tony Fauci’s job as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. On his first day, he holds a mass meeting in a giant hall, where all his researchers are present. He says: “I know many of you people have been carrying out brutal research on animals and children. This has been going on for years, decades. It stops now. If I catch any of you committing these horrific crimes, I’ll see to it you’re punished within an inch of your lives…” During the

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How the Pentagon Leaned on Hollywood to Sell the War in Afghanistan

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA — The (official) 20-year U.S. occupation of Afghanistan has come to a close, with the military beating a hasty and ignominious retreat. The puppet Afghan government NATO installed lasted fewer than two weeks on its own, with President Ashraf Ghani fleeing for the UAE, allegedly with around $169 million in cash. If the occupation was so unpopular and weak, how was it able to last so long? The Afghanistan Papers  — a trove of military documents leaked to The Washington Post — showed that high-ranking government officials knew that the war was unwinnable but were openly lying to the public about how it was going, all while NGOs and military contractors made billions.  But documents obtained by journalist Tom Secker under the Freedom of Information Act and shared with MintPress also show that Hollywood also played a significant role, knowingly collaborating with the Pentagon to produce pro-war propaganda about Afghanistan, ultimately helping to artificially buoy public opinion on the unwinnable campaign. This typically included giving the Pentagon direct editorial control over scripts and even removing any anti-war content or scenes that would show the military in a negative light. In exchange, the military offered its human resources, its

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Actor Michael Malarkey on Israel-Palestine and Why More Celebrities Don’t Speak Out

The new MintPress podcast “The Watchdog,” hosted by British-Iraqi hip-hop artist Lowkey, closely examines organizations about which it is in the public interest to know — including intelligence, lobby and special-interest groups influencing policies that infringe on free speech and target dissent. The Watchdog goes against the grain by casting a light on stories largely ignored by the mainstream, corporate media. Hollywood is not exactly known for being a hotbed of anti-war, anti-imperialist activism. Indeed, so close is the relationship between the national security state and Tinseltown that the Department of Defense casually tweeted out on Oscar Night that it works closely with its “partners” in Hollywood to ensure the military is presented in a positive light. “Jack Ryan” star John Krasinski went further, explaining that he had an extremely close bond with the CIA. “I owe them everything,” he said. “The CIA is something that we should all not only cherish but be saying thank you for every single day. They’re always trying to do the right thing,” he said of the agency, claiming they “care about the country in a bigger, more idealistic way.” Hollywood is also a keen supporter of America’s unofficial fifty-first state, and all

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Hungarians on 'Soros Puppet' George Clooney: 'Imbecile' Who Couldn't Find Their Country on Map

Hungarian politicians and conservative journalists slammed George Clooney as an “imbecile” who could not find their country on a map after he suggested the country’s prime minister spreads “anger and hate”, according to reports. Speaking ahead of the release of a new post-apocalyptic film on Netflix, Clooney, 59, had said that “We weren’t in the middle of a pandemic when [making the film], but there were still all these other elements, these elements of how much hate and anger all of us are experiencing in this moment of history, all over the world,” adding: “Go to [President Jair] Bolsonaro in Brazil, or [Prime Minister Viktor] Orbán in Hungary. Look around: lots of anger and hate. [The film] takes place in 2049. If you played it out this could very well be what our reality is if that kind of hate is allowed to fester.” The remarks were poorly received in Hungary, where Orbán’s anti-mass migration and multiculturalism Fidesz party enjoys huge public support, with Hungarian politicians branding the actor an “imbecile” and, according to The Times, suggesting he “could not find Hungary on a map, even with technological help.” Hungarian Prime Minister: ‘Soros Is One of the Most Corrupt People in the World’

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EXCLUSIVE – Cuban Artists Ask Hollywood for Support, Urge Biden to Abandon Obama Policies

A spokesman for the San Isidro Movement, a pro-democracy artist collective in Cuba, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that President Barack Obama’s appeasement policy towards the island was “not functional” and that any dealings with the communist regime must pressure it to respect individual dignity. Michel Matos – currently the face of the movement as over a dozen members embark on a hunger strike, trapped by Communist Party police in their headquarters with limited outside contact – told Breitbart News this week that the Castro regime views an artist who criticizes the reality of the island nation “an enemy in every sense of the word.” Matos is campaigning for greater awareness for the fight for human rights in Cuba amid increased state repression of his group, in part a product of its growing popularity. An attempted peaceful rally on Sunday to support San Isidro artists attracted a mob of over 100 communist sympathizers in what is known as an act of repudio (“act of repudiation”), a government-organized attack in which the mob insults, threatens, and physically beats dissidents. Police arrested 18 people on Sunday, all anti-communist dissidents or reporters recording the mob. “I don’t think any artist is ready

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280,000 Sign Petition Slamming Movie Starring Michael Jackson’s Daughter Portraying Jesus as a ‘Lesbian Woman’

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition to demand the blocking of the upcoming film Habit in which Paris Jackson

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Hollywood Producer (and Friend of Jeffrey Epstein) Steve Bing Dead After Falling Off a Building

from Vigilant Citizen: The elite financier and friend of Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein is said to have thrown himself

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Woke or Joke?: Hollywood Faced with Ultimate Hypocrisy over Blackface

Hollywood and social justice warriors have established a new Woke standard. This standard is so sacrosanct that Hollywood elites are

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Normal Human Virome: 2017 Study Finds HIV, Hepatitis and Many Other Viruses Present in People

Did you know the normal human virome contains a multitude of different viruses, including many strains of coronavirus? And did you

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Normal Human Virome: 2017 Study Finds HIV, Hepatitis & Many Other Viruses Present in People

Do you know what your virome is? A normal human virome is full of viruses, even ‘scary’ ones like HIV

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Cops TV Series Cancelled After 33 Seasons Amid Anti-Police Protests

(TMU) — In most mainstream television shows, movies, or books, the police are almost always the heroes of the story, and much of the

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ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD or Welcome to Tarantinopolis — Some Thoughts on Sergio Leone’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, Martin Scorsese, and JOKER

“I’m practically crying, and I haven’t even read it.” – Trudi Fraser It’s almost as if Terry Gilliam believes ignorance

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Alex Jones(combo of Archie Bunker and Meathead), the American Folk Hero, and His Roots in Leftist Counter-Politics — How the Culture of Conspiracy Theories went from the Left to the Right — How Oliver Stone went from Hero to Villain in Hollywood

[embedded content][embedded content] Alex Jones would never call himself a leftist. He wouldn’t necessarily call himself a rightist, but his

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How To Get Rid Of Paranoid Conspiracy Theorists

By Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho-psychonaut. Guerilla poet. Utopia prepper Are you as sick and tired as I am

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Who Started World War II? – What they don’t want you to know

In this thread, we will be exploring the truth about The Third Reich, Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and the

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