Yet another celebrity is choosing to make a political stance, when meanwhile, they really have no grounds to comment on the situations of the average American.
This time, it’s an older actor, Robert Redford, and he is convinced that because he starred in the political film All the Presidents Men, it’s apparently given him the rights to be a political commentator.
Not only is the movie itself outdated, but the political topic of his choice does not even seem relevant at this point in time.
Breitbart News reports:
In a guest column for the Washington Post, actor Robert Redford describes the difficulty he had in getting Hollywood producers interested in his 1976 film All the President’s Men, which revolves around the investigation into former President Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal, and warns that 45 years after that politically momentous event, “the truth is again in danger.”
Redford recently wrote an opinion piece on the matter, which he submitted to the Washington Post.
Breitbart News reports:
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Watergate scandal. Because of my role in the film, some have asked me about the similarities between our situations in 1972 and 2017.
There are many. The biggest one is the importance of a free and independent media in defending our democracy.
When President Trump speaks of being in a “running war” with the media, calls them “among the most dishonest human beings on Earth” and tweets that they’re the “enemy of the American people,” his language takes the Nixon administration’s false accusations of “shoddy” and “shabby” journalism to new and dangerous heights.
Sound and accurate journalism defends our democracy. It’s one of the most effective weapons we have to restrain the power-hungry. I always said that “All the President’s Men” was a violent movie. No shots were fired, but words were used as weapons.
Media coverage of the election and consequential political issues has been a hot topic in the modern world.
Not only are there hundreds of media sites reporting daily, but all report from different sides of the political spectrum – which gives diversity in the news reported, not silence.
While the publishing of fake news stories is in fact a very real problem in the world today, the protections listed in the First Amendment ensure that censoring of the media will not occur.
Furthermore, Redford’s piece on the problems with media seems to be more about attacking the ideals of President Trump, rather than actually defending his claims about what the news reports.
Therefore, Redford’s claims are completely irrelevant – he is simply another celebrity making a political stance where it is not called for.
What are your thoughts?
Do you think Robert Redford has any idea what he is actually arguing about?
Do you believe he has any right as a celebrity to even argue these claims?
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