Howard Fineman Oscars

Howard Fineman is The Huffington Post’s Editorial Director and an “analyst” over at MSNBC. He’s also the author of one of the most cringe-worthy tweets you will ever see that touches on both politics and culture.

Yes, according to Mr. Feineman, the “cultural creativity of the U.S. in the Obama Era” is just as powerful as Vladimir Putin. Perhaps if more insanely rich liberals would get together at big parties and take “selfies” of themselves Putin would pull his forces back into Russia, huddle his generals and say, “Kevin Spacey…Brad Pitt…Julia Roberts…together in one place — it was too much for Mother Russia to bear, comrades! ’12 Years a Slave’ won Best Picture. The diversity, the tolerance, it’s a Hind attack helicopter’s Achilles heel. We must regroup.”

Ellen DeGeneres Oscar tweet

On Friday I mentioned CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, and her inability to even conceive of the idea that Vladimir Putin would invade Ukraine. I said that she was part of a culture that foolishly laughed at President Obama’s jokes about Mr. Romney’s foreign policy chops — because Romney knew what he was talking about.

On Sunday I mentioned that this same media culture was one that bought into the administration’s dangerous use of euphemisms (e.g., “uncontested arrival”). I said they covered for guys like Joe Biden, who have been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” (according to former Defense Secretary Bob Gates), while criticizing someone like Sarah Palin — who called a Ukraine invasion in 2008. Then, Sunday night, Mr. Fineman goes and writes something that sums up the culture he belongs to perfectly. Thank you, God.

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Yes, culture does matter, but Hollywood culture is not the “soft power” that wins wars. Hollywood and “Obama Era” culture is about narcissistic know-it-alls (who know little to nothing outside their craft) gathering together in big rooms and patting themselves on the back for how awesome they are. It’s about Mr. Obama winning the Nobel Peace prize after months in office…and then coming out with his ‘Terror Tuesday Kill List’ soon afterward. It’s about MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow winning the Walter Cronkite Award after three days on the job. It’s about friends who give themselves Lucite blocks and golden statues and then acting as if world peace would be achieved if more people just bought tickets to see Cate Blanchett in Woody “It would be good…if (Obama) could be dictator for a few years”  Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’

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It’s hard not to read Mr. Fineman’s words and think of Adam Sandler’s ‘Billy Madison’: “I award you no points..and may God have mercy on your soul.”

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

10 comments

  1. I don’t watch the Oscars anymore, largely because of the rampant Hollywood narcissism and the tendency for far-left demagogues to use it as a bully pulpit to espouse their radical beliefs. It’s for that very same reason why I don’t watch the Emmys, the Grammys and other awards shows. I think the last time I watched the Oscars in their entirety was in 2002 or 2003, around the time I started to realize just how liberal Hollywood really was.

    And Ronan Farrow won a Walter Cronkite Award?! For what reason? That dude has never done anything. I doubt anyone actually watches that clown’s show, considering that MSNBC’s rating have long been in the sewer. He’s only famous because of who his parents are. In that respect, he’s not unlike the Kardashians or Paris Hilton.

    I remember when Sarah Palin talked about Russia invading the Ukraine. Of course, all the MSM did (as they did when Mitt Romney referred to a Russia as a geopolitical foe) was mock her for that statement. But flash forward to 2014, and they’re both right and naturally, makes Obama and his MSM look like fools.

  2. No one cares. Too busy looking at selfies. This week’s posts remind me of why I was depressed for a year post election. “Ukraine? Where’s that?… But did you see Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts eating pizza at the Oscars?!?”

    1. It can definitely be disheartening, Eve. I’ll give you that. However, as long as you’re well-rounded, and Carl is well-rounded and people like you two all over the country keep influencing friends and family, then that’s a start. 🙂

    2. It’s definitely disheartening to see how out-of-whack some people’s priorities are. Also, if we had leaders like Obama during the Cold War and even WWII, I think we’d have lost and we’d all be speaking either German or Russian right now.

  3. The Oscars and other awards ceremonies are not powerful in any way, shape or form.

    They only serve to stroke the egos of overpaid prima donnas who should be thanking us for spending our hard earned money to see them play make believe on the big screen.

    The “Cult Of Celebrity” the majority of western leaders seem to live in does not bode well for future conflicts.

    1. Well-said, Andrew. That’s how I’ve long felt about the Oscars and other awards ceremonies. Plus, for me, there’s also the fact that it so often turns into a forum for Hollywood’s progressive beliefs. That really turns me off as well.

    2. It does me as well Carl. Matthew McConnaughey is derided for mentioning God in his acceptance speech and for his admittedly strange view of his future self as own hero.

      Having read the transcript of what he says it appears that you should always aim to be a better person and that no matter how much you achieve you should always strive for more. This is an excellent view which he did not get across as well as he might have done. Unfortunately the media didn’t understand him.

    3. Yeah, I’d heard that the perpetually angry internet liberals on Twitter were attacking Matthew MConnaughey for his speech. Personally, from having read the transcript, I’ve arrived at a similar conclusion. There are a lot of positives, such as aiming to be a better person and always striving for more. It’s an excellent view, to be sure, but of course the media doesn’t understand it. They’re always looking to tear down people who are religious (especially if they happen to Christian and conservative) and promoting those with the LIV mentality, to whom hard work and striving for the best is anathema.

      And Doug, Fineman’s Tweet was so stupid that even his wife called him out for it. Check it out:

      http://ace.mu.nu/archives/347587.php

    4. Yes, I thought it was an odd thing to say in the tweet; the academy awards were going on decades before Obama, they just got diverse, tolerant, and creative just now?!?

    5. Exactly; they’ve been around since the late 1920s, long before Obama was ever conceived. More followed. I don’t see what makes the Obama era so special. Unless you call $17 trillion in debt, NSA spying, IRS targeting of conservative groups and the failure that is Obumblecare (to name just a few examples) “special.”

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