The National Review as arbiters of Politically Acceptable Art

Thank you all for checking out yesterday’s post discussing, among other things, the curious tendency of modern conservatives to discard facts that threaten their ideology. Of course, this way of thinking goes way beyond mere facts. Art that portrays ideas contrary to the conservative worldview should be shunned for showing the world as anything other than what they want it to be.

Last month, the National Review published this delicious list of…well, let me let them explain it:

Not just entertainment, the 20 films listed here effectively destroyed art, social unity, and spiritual confidence. They constitute a corrupt, carelessly politicized canon.

Have you ever met “that guy” who can find something to offend him in everything they see? “That guy” apparently wrote this list.What films does he claim destroyed “art, social unity, and spiritual confidence”? Radical polemics like “Knocked Up”, “Precious”, “The Hangover”, and “Wall-E!” The real winner, though, is #1:

Good Night and Good Luck (2005) — George Clooney, president of the corrupt canon, directed and acted in a dishonest fantasy biopic of TV-news icon Edward R. Murrow to revive blacklist lore as part of a liberal agenda.

On the off chance you missed it, a guy who is complaining about films that don’t pass his political litmus test destroying (and I’ll never get tired of saying this) “art, social unity, and spiritual confidence” listed a film about blacklisting as the #1 culprit. You can’t buy that kind of sublime irony these days.

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