Brent Bozell

This man's affinity for dictators hasn't waned. He even came to the defense of Iranian president (and habitual Holocaust-denier) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He slammed the U.S. policy toward Iran as "horrible" and added, "Iran isn't necessarily the good guy, but we don't know the full story!"

That's the problem with Stone. He always purports to speak truth to power, but he's never met a truth he couldn't demolish.

What Stone always knows is that America is the bad guy. Anyone with the audacity to oppose this country, and better yet, slander it, is suddenly the sugary apple of Stone's eye. He has made documentaries about hate-filled killers like Fidel Castro, and Yasser Arafat, and just last month, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez (with a pathetic box-office gross of $166,000). But Ahmadinejad turned him down. "While it is true that Oliver Stone is considered to be among the opposition in the U.S., the opposition is still part of the Great Satan," proclaimed his media adviser, Mehdi Kalhor.

Stone continues to see the gleam in many a dictator's eye. In January, Stone told The Hollywood Reporter that "Stalin has a complete other story ... Not to paint him as a hero, but to tell a more factual representation. He fought the German war machine more than any single person. We can't judge people as only 'bad' or 'good.' Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it's been used cheaply."

Apparently, these mass-murdering dictators are seen too narrowly by Americans: "I've been able to walk in Stalin's shoes and Hitler's shoes to understand their point of view," Stone proclaimed. "We're going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them." Of course, that included blame for America. "Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM. Hitler is just a man who could have easily been assassinated."

Stone's apologies for his remarks downplaying the Holocaust will probably prevent Showtime from heeding some Hollywood calls for canceling his "Secret History" series. But it's amazing that Stone's political and historical buffoonery continues to be presented by some interviewers and media executives as something wise and wonderful.


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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