by James Hibberd
January 9, 2010
TCA — Director Oliver Stone's upcoming Showtime documentary miniseries "Secret History of America" promises to put mass murderers such as Stalin and Hitler "in context."
"Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy — these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history," Stone told reporters at the Television Critics Association's semi-annual press tour in Pasadena.
"Stalin has a complete other story," Stone said. "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 its been used cheaply. He's the product of a series of actions. It's cause and effect … People in America don't know the connection between WWI and WWII … I've been able to walk in Stalin's shoes and Hitler's shoes to understand their point of view. We're going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them. We want to move beyond opinions … 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."
The controversial director's 10-part documentary series for Showtime promises to focus on events that "at the time wentunder-reported, but crucially shaped America's unique and complexhistory of the last 60 years." Subjects in "History" include President Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombon Japan and the origins of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
"You cannot approach history unless you have empathy for the person youmay hate," Stone said during the show's trailer, which promised to puthistorical villains "in context." "I don't want to put out conventional History Channel product where it's easy to like it."
"He's not saying we're going to come out with a more positive view ofHitler," emphasized professor Peter Kuznick, the lead writer on theproject. "But we're going to describe him as a historical phenomenonand not just somebody who appeared out of nowhere."
Stone said that conservative pundits will dislike the show.
"Obviously, Rush Limbaugh is not going to like this history and, as usual,we're going to get those kind of ignorant attacks," said Stone, who also also compared the experience of sympathizing with war criminals to making his "W" movie about George W. Bush. "I'm trying to understand somebody I thoroughly despised."
Stone also warned that the same military industrial complex forces that he's explored in movies such as "JFK" and in "Secret History," are now corrupting Barack Obama.
"You can understand why Obama is following in Bush's footsteps in Afghanistan," Stone said."Obama is very much trapped, we believe, in that system. And so that's what we're going to try and show you — the way it works."
The project will also show lesser-known positive aspects of American history and unsung heroes. Stone eventually hopes to send "Secret History" to schools as a teaching curriculum.
"It would be a very different counterweight to what they're learning," Stone said. "Nobody is going to force it down anybody's throat."
A critic also asked Stone "the Sarah Palin question" of what he likes to read.
"My father was a voracious New York Times reader," he said. "We consider that in The Middle. Sarah Palin would disagree."--MORE--"
"Isn't Oliver Stone just being truthful?
Oliver Stone recently apologized for comments he made (click here):
" Stone kicked off a media firestorm over the weekend for telling a reporter from London’s Sunday Times that Adolf Hitler, the subject of his upcoming documentary, did more damage to Russia than he did to the Jews. He also stated that the U.S.'s support for Israel is the result of Jewish domination of the media."
His apology didn't seem to do much good:
" “Anyone who works with this guy should be ashamed,” Saban, who is Jewish and a supporter of Israel, said in comments posted at HuffingtonPost.com and confirmed by Pillersdorf. “Oliver Stone should be given a helping hand --indeed, a vigorous shove -- into the land of forced retirement.”...
Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry,” Stone said in his apology. “The fact that the Holocaust is still a very important, vivid and current matter today is, in fact, a great credit to the very hard work of a broad coalition of people committed to the remembrance of this atrocity -- and it was an atrocity.”"
But let's get real here for a moment - doesn't the reaction to Oliver Stone's comments prove his point? After all, his only crime is being candid. The media smear campaign from the Jewish community is simply the expected, predictable and automatic attack anyone speaking against Jews or Israel will suffer. Get real. The same exact thing happened to Helen Thomas when she had the temerity to ask the tough questions. This anti-Semite schtick is getting old, old, old!
Don't call me a Jew-hater, Jew-basher or any of that nonsense. I have Jewish friends and I intend to keep them. But I've got to call it as I see it - and there is either corruption, nepotism, or Zionism going on here.
Check out these links and make up your own mind whether or not a 2% segment of the population of America should hold such a high percentage of powerful positions. Do you think they talk? Do you think they have common goals? Do you think they share a common agenda?
I wonder if any of them feel a special loyalty to Israel - a loyalty that might affect their judgement when it comes to putting America FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD. (To quote a friend of mine.)
From the Treasury link:
"Of the twenty(20) top officials in the U.S. Treasury Department, twelve(12) are Jews. This is a numerical representation of 60%. Jews are approximately 2% of the United States population.* This means that Jews are over-represented among the top officials of the U.S. Treasury Department by a factor of 30 times times, or 3,000 percent. This extreme numerical over-representation of Jews among the top officials of the U.S. Treasury Department cannot be explained away as a coincidence or as the result of mere random chance. You must ask yourself how such an incredibly small and extremely unrepresentative minority ethnic group that only represents 2% of the American population could so completely dominate the highest levels of the U.S. Treasury Department."
Consider the following:
Who Controls the U.S. Treasury Department?
Who Controls the Federal Reserve System?
Who Controls the US Economy?
Who Controls the U.S. State Department?
Who Controls the AIG?
Who Controls the Goldman Sachs?
Who Controls the CFR?
Who Controls the Ivy League?
"Oliver Stone Apologizes for the Truth
A lot of people are whining that Oliver Stone should have shown more personal courage and stood his ground regarding his original statements about Jewish control of the media. But the more I think about it, the more I have come to understand that Oliver Stone outsmarted the Israeli shills in Hollywood. When Haim Saban demanded that CBS/Showtime cancel Stone's series unless Stone apologized, he walked into Stone's trap, because in giving Haim Saban that apology, Stone communicated to the world the truth of his claims; that Israel's supporters do maintain an iron-fisted tyranny over the corporate media in this country. Had Stone fought back, Israel would scream anti-Semitism and play victim once more, in Panavision. By apologizing, Oliver Stone turned the tables. Now he is seen as the victim, and Haim Saba is the modern incarnation of Joseph McCarthy. Game, set, and match to Oliver Stone." -- Wake the Flock Up "Gilad Atzmon: Oliver Stone apologized for Telling the Truth There you go, Oliver Stone apologized for suggesting that the Jewish lobby controls Washington's foreign policy and that Hitler's actions should be put into context. In fact, Stone’s apology confirms Stone’s argument. We are subject to constant assault by Jewish and Israeli gatekeepers who insist on controlling the political historical discourse and defy any possible criticism of Jewish national affairs... --MORE--"
Game, set, and match to Oliver Stone." -- Wake the Flock Up
"Gilad Atzmon: Oliver Stone apologized for Telling the Truth
There you go, Oliver Stone apologized for suggesting that the Jewish lobby controls Washington's foreign policy and that Hitler's actions should be put into context.
In fact, Stone’s apology confirms Stone’s argument. We are subject to constant assault by Jewish and Israeli gatekeepers who insist on controlling the political historical discourse and defy any possible criticism of Jewish national affairs...