Bill O’Reilly is Ultimately Un-American

Bill O’Reilly writes that the recent move, The Bourne Ultimatum, is ultimately un-American. Those who haven’t seen the movie yet might want to avoid these spoilers as I look at what happens in the movie which conservatives such as O’Reilly find to be un-American.

The Bourne Ultimatum is the most political of the three movies. If Jack Bauer is the hero to conservatives, Jason Bourne becomes a hero to those who hold liberal values. Jack Bower tortures at the drop of a hat. Jason Bourne questions killing then it becomes clear that those being ordered killed might not be guilty of any crimes.

Bill O’Reilly protests the presence of water boarding in the movie. I wish instead that Bill O’Reilly would protest water boarding in real life

Ultimately the heroes of the movie, both Jason Bourne and Pam Landy, expose a criminal conspiracy within the CIA to kill perceived enemies without oversight. On this point O’Reilly is correct that The Bourne Ultimatum is unrealistic. In The Bourne Ultimatum the criminals are brought to justice. In the real world similar crimes are allowed to succeed.

There was a time when the bad guys being punished at the end of the movie would be seen as a happy ending to all. To conservatives such as Bill O’Reilly seeing justice served is an unhappy ending. This, and not anything portrayed in The Bourne Ultimatum is the attitude which is ultimately un-American.

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    Liberal Journal says:

    Hold on. I thought CIA was too liberal (See http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/print/007741.php)

    I guess the Right can’t even keep its propaganda straight.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Obviously the right doesn’t like the CIA. After all, they totally ignore the CIA’s complaints about the Bush administration outing one of their agents.

    I think they have a visceral objection to anything with “Intelligence” in it.

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    Tyler Hamilton says:

    I like how the author of this little blog/review/retort almost uses real examples. Cry cry cry.

  4. 4
    Ron Chusid says:

    Tyler,

    Did you bother to actually read the post? This post is about a specific example.

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    Dane says:

    Jack Bauer tortures people in a television show portraying terrorists and uses torture in order to gain information to save thousands of live. Yes it is make believe but it is also not a good example to use. The Bourne Ultimatum was a ridiculous movie that portrayed the CIA as nothing more than a agency of hit men and assassins. The director himself admitted to using the “worlds mistrust in the USA” to his advantage in the film. If that doesnt prove the movie is unamerican than what does.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    “Jack Bauer tortures people in a television show portraying terrorists and uses torture in order to gain information to save thousands of live. Yes it is make believe but it is also not a good example to use.”

    It most certainly is a good counter example of a hero which appeals more to conservatives. Torture does not work as it is portrayed on the show, and there are legitimate concerns that its display of torture has influenced people actually involved in interogations.

    “The Bourne Ultimatum was a ridiculous movie that portrayed the CIA as nothing more than a agency of hit men and assassins.”

    Not so. The movie portrayed a rogue group in the CIA, along with other CIA agents who opposed it. Sure it was intended to make a politial point. Distrust of the US which has been caused by actions of the Bush administration is a legitimate concern.

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