A man who gave Tinseltown some of its biggest blockbusters was ignominiously overlooked during a salute to dignitaries who died in 2013.
Tom Clancy, author of “The Hunt for Red October,” “A Clear and Present Danger” and numerous other Hollywood box-office hits, received no mention during the “In Memoriam” segment of Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. NewsBusters suggested the omission was a slap at the author’s conservative politics.
Sean Connery, Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman and other mega-watt stars have enabled movie moguls to reap more than $496 million off Clancy’s thrillers, yet the author’s close association with CIA and military personnel appear to have rankled Hollywood’s elite to childish spite.
Clancy lived on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, not far from the U.S. Naval Academy and CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. His patriotic stance won him access to high levels of classified information, which he deftly wove into his novels, according to a CNN obituary cited by NewsBusters. But what was good enough for the box office apparently did not merit public recognition, even among a list of 30 other Hollywood dignitaries who passed away last year.
Clancy’s disdain for the fault-finding liberal media was also well-known. Consider this exchange with Newsweek magazine’s Brian Braiker in 2003:
NEWSWEEK: You’ve said that you’re proud to be American. Do you ever worry about patriotism or national pride being mistaken abroad for hubris?
TOM CLANCY: [Laughs] The people with the most hubris in America work at The New York Times and The Washington Post. The New York Times really thinks their pages are holy. They’re a newspaper — it’s not holy.
Inexorably, Tom Clancy’s thrillers will be recycled on TV for generations to come. Those who cold-shouldered him, will be long time forgotten.
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