The film Persecuted featuring former Senator Fred Thompson debuted last weekend and the filmmakers made no secret of their conservative leanings and the reason they presented the drama about religious freedom.
Film critics have done what film critics do: They've allowed their leftist political agenda to cloud their objectivity and have attacked the film's message more than offered a critical assessment of its qualities.
The New York Times critic, Neil Genzlinger, let his liberal readers know in the first sentence that he was going to attack the film for all the wrong reasons, but he also revealed his own hypocritical bias as well:
The title — “Persecuted” — and the presence of the Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson in the cast are really all you need to know.
So a film with a "Fox News personality" (note the word "personality," not anchor or host or journalist) automatically puts a film into a sub-genre that isn't worthy of serious consideration? Apparently so, according to the paper of record. But has Genzlingerever made the claim for the appearance of an MSNBC host in a drama or comedy? Not that I can find. And the ubiquity of the hard-left network's "personalities" on our screens is much more pervasive, and insidious.
Chris Matthews, for example, has an impressive list of credits on his IMDB page including such recent stints as "Chris Matthews" in House of Cards and "Chris Matthews" in The Campaign. Lest you think Matthews is being type-cast, he also had to stretch his craft when he appeared as "MSNBC Reporter" in State of Play.
Crazy blowhard Ed Schultz also has an impressive SAG resume, including the coveted role of "Ed Schultz" in Warehouse 13. But Schultz also went beyond playing himself and actually took on some roles in some movies you've never heard of. So, there's that.
But none of the partisans in front of the camera at MSNBC can hold a candle to Lawrence O'Donnell, who, when he isn't playing the part of "Outraged Liberal" every night in front of a few dozen viewers over the age of 54, uses his "Method" training in films, recurring roles on dramas. Heck, he'd do a "Progressive" commercial if he had some more Groundling's training.
None of this is meant to suggest that the MSNBC crowd shouldn't act in their free time. Good for them. But why attack Carlson for doing the same thing?
You know why.