Brent Bozell

Barack Obama keeps desperately pounding the entertainment industry's ATMs in Hollywood and Manhattan, while our manufacturers of make-believe have absolutely refused to expel their vicious hatred of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. You wonder if, on any level, Obama is upset or chagrined or even embarrassed. Two examples have shown their ugly heads -- one of them severed.

HBO -- with Bill Maher as the face of their political analysis is a global leader in burning Bush-Cheney hatred -- expressed surprise and embarrassment when it was discovered their violence-drenched series "Game of Thrones" included a scene with a model of Bush's disembodied head on a spike.

"We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste," HBO said in a statement. "We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production."

This would seem to be a rather dramatic departure for HBO, which regularly refuses to apologize for excesses, such as when Bill Maher had transcended his normal venom by expressing disappointment Dick Cheney didn't die in an assassination attempt in Afghanistan, since if Cheney "did die, other people, more people would live. That's a fact."

The producers of "Game of Thrones" denied they were making a polemical point. "It's not a choice, it's not a political statement," protested David Benioff. "It's just, we had to use what heads we had around." In another statement, they explained further, "After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush. In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have. We meant no disrespect to the former president and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise."

Now stop and consider a couple of points. HBO is spending untold millions on the production of this extravagant series, yet somehow they were suddenly so poor that "he had to use what heads we had around"?

And with the dozens, perhaps hundreds of people involved in the production, no one -- including those whose only job it is to see that mistakes aren't made -- no one noticed this was a bust of President George W. Bush? This truly is the land of make-believe, especially when they apologize. We meant no disrespect to the president by putting an image of his head on a pole. Now can anyone imagine this Hollywood scenario and Barack Obama?

Brent Bozell

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