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George Clooney is USA's top weapon in the fight for peace, Wikileaks proves

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George Clooney is USA's top weapon in the fight for peace, Wikileaks proves

Post by Katiedot on Thu Dec 09 2010, 08:07

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From NY Magazine

WikiLeaks Proves George Clooney Is America’s Best Export
8 December 20 10

Now we're getting to the really important geopolitical stuff! One of the diplomatic cables in WikiLeaks was titled “David Letterman: Agent of Influence,” and claimed that regular old American television was proving to be much more effective propaganda in Saudi Arabia than the nation’s al-Hurra, a U.S.-funded news channel (that has possibly cost U.S. taxpayers $500 million). Over some Starbucks coffee in Jeddah (how many venti lattes do you think the State Department pays for in a given month?), two Saudi media executives explained to diplomats that "the American programming on MBC and Rotana [a channel part-owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, that broadcasts Fox News] is winning over ordinary Saudis in a way that al-Hurra and other US propaganda never could.”


According to the cable, diplomats consider the following to be particularly effective programming: "two mawkish US dramas (again with Arabic subtitles) featuring respectful, supportive American husbands dealing with spouses suffering from addiction problems — in one case gambling (lost the kids' college funds and then told her college professor husband it was because he was boring) and the other alcohol (smashing cars and china when she wasn't assaulting the husband and child.) These films and others broadcast over the Eid [holiday] offer models of supportive behavior in relationships, as well as exemplary illustrations of heroic honesty in the face of corruption (George Clooney's Michael Clayton) and respect for the law over self-interest (Al Pacino and Robin Williams' Insomnia.)" We are genuinely relieved to hear that programs about ill-behaved Americans and Robin Williams are being interpreted in forgiving ways (it really helps quell our anxiety about the international syndication of My Super Sweet 16), but we still intuit that the State Department should do all it can to keep Patch Adams from international broadcast.

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Re: George Clooney is USA's top weapon in the fight for peace, Wikileaks proves

Post by Katiedot on Thu Dec 09 2010, 08:10

Am I the only one wondering what would happen if they were to play all of George's films back-to-back on TV in Saudi Arabia?

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Re: George Clooney is USA's top weapon in the fight for peace, Wikileaks proves

Post by melbert on Fri Dec 10 2010, 00:50

Remember when George got his Cinemateque (sp) award and Matt was filming one of the Bourne's (I think) and all those people wanted their money back from the Batman film (I think) and they were going to show something else of George's but nobody wanted to go. As you can tell, I kinda remember some of it, but kinda goes along with Katie's question.

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