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Monday
Jun252012

Please Just Stick to Acting

Over at Salon.com there is an (unintentionally) hilarious interview of Emily Mortimer from the cast of HBO’s new series, The Newsroom.  In the interview Mortimer ridicules the Tea Party, George W. Bush, and the “dangerously uninformed” American public.  A few excerpts:

Question: Were the politics of the show appealing to you as well?

…There was a time when…I got all into the idea of politics and anarchists and Kropotkin, this Russian guy who founded the anarchist party. I got completely besotted by the idea of anarchy as the way that we should all live our lives and I was ready to kind of go fight for my belief, but then I got to university and did lots of plays and kind of forgot about that.  

It is a common story:  Up and coming anarchist with a dream to fight for mayhem and chaos, but, alas, she forgets her love affair with political dysfunction because she did lots of plays and stuff. 

Question:  Are you as troubled by America’s news culture as Sorkin seems to be?

I can remember when Bush got in for the second time, just feeling like so much of the problem about the way that politics go here is that people are improperly informed. That they didn’t know that they had been lied to, or they didn’t understand exactly to what extent they had been, and they still thought that there were weapons of mass destruction. And that was just crazy to me that people could be so under-informed.

If there is one issue of which we are fully informed it is the no WMD in Iraq issue. To be under-informed on this issue one would have had to ignore every major news outlet, every late night talk show host, every screenwriter, every opinion columnist, every blogger, and every democrat for at least five years.

I bet more people in America know there were no WMD in Iraq than know telling a lie requires knowing beforehand what you say is untrue.

Question:  You’ve lived in America for more than a decade, but you’re British. Have you always been engaged with American politics?

… The first 10 years of my being here there was a guy in charge (Bush) who was just so terrifying and it made me feel so unsettled the whole time that this guy was making those decisions. And it’s such a nice feeling having this guy (Obama) in charge now.

I’m glad Obama makes someone feel better.  At least that is some recompense for the people still out of work and all of us concerned about government overreach and global instability. 

And what was so terrifying about Bush exactly? He had many faults, but did he add five trillion to our debt in three years? Was he responsible for an impending Greek style meltdown? Did he turn Egypt over to the Muslim Brotherhood?  Or turn his back on reformists in Iran?  Did he encourage class envy?  Turn the Justice Department over to ideologues?  Ignore the mass execution of Syrians?  Did Bush forswear the Constitution?  Counteract the rule of law?  Again, Bush made several mistakes while in office, but at least he was grounded in reality, he governed responsibly, and he operated in good faith with the American people.

I’m sure Mrs. Mortimer is a fine and charming lady.  She is just guilty of what many liberals—especially those in Hollywood—are guilty of:  she doesn’t know what she doesn’t know. For this reason Mrs. Mortimer can say such nonsense and feel smart doing so.  It’s a good thing ignorance is bliss.