Hollywood heavyweight and pompous left wing stalwart George Clooney just uttered one of the most ironic lines of his career.
“A good portion of the press abdicated its real duty. They played the fiddle while Rome burned,” he told deadline.com. “There was a real story going on. With just a little bit of work, you could have found out . . .”
. . . that the Obama administration lies to us just about every time they open their mouths? Nope.
In Clooney’s world, they could have found out “that it wasn’t just probably North Korea; it was North Korea.”
Wow George really? Where were you when conservatives were screaming about the media “fiddling while Rome burned,” as you put it, for the past six years?
Where were you when the media buried stories like Benghazi, IRS targeting of conservatives, Fast & Furious, NSA spying on the AP and the Solyndra debacle just to name a few? America could’ve used your voice to call attention to the lack of journalism then.
So why the sudden change of heart?
Oh! Because it affects you and your livelihood.
Clooney was speaking out, of course, about the Sony Pictures hacking scandal that forced the movie giant to cancel the release of its film “The Interview” Wednesday amid threats of a 9/11 style attack and after troves of emails, financial statements, movies and scripts we’re leaked online by, who the FBI now confirms was the, North Korean government.
Clooney said he asked other Hollywood heavy hitters to sign a petition supporting Sony’s release of the film but that many were too fearful to sign it, the actor told deadline.com.
“Here’s the brilliant thing they did. You embarrass them first, so that no one gets on your side. After the Obama joke, no one was going to get on the side of Amy (Pascal), and so suddenly, everyone ran for the hills,” Clooney said. “It was used as a weapon of fear, not only for everyone to disassociate themselves from Amy but also to feel the fear themselves. They know what they themselves have written in their emails, and they’re afraid.”
He also said he believes the administration was caught unprepared.
“I’ve seen statements they’ve put out and what the president said and what the response is. The truth is, it’s all new territory and nobody knows how to handle it,” Clooney said. “I don’t think anyone was prepared for it.”
The full text of Clooney’s petition is as follows:
On November 24 of this year, Sony Pictures was notified that it was the victim of a cyber attack, the effects of which is the most chilling and devastating of any cyber attack in the history of our country. Personal information including Social Security numbers, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and the full texts of emails of tens of thousands of Sony employees was leaked online in an effort to scare and terrorize these workers. The hackers have made both demands and threats. The demand that Sony halt the release of its upcoming comedy The Interview, a satirical film about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Their threats vary from personal—you better behave wisely—to threatening physical harm—not only you but your family is in danger. North Korea has not claimed credit for the attack but has praised the act, calling it a righteous deed and promising merciless measures if the film is released. Meanwhile the hackers insist in their statement that what they’ve done so far is only a small part of our further plan. This is not just an attack on Sony. It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country. That is why we fully support Sony’s decision not to submit to these hackers’ demands. We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty. We hope these hackers are brought to justice but until they are, we will not stand in fear. We will stand together.
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