In today’s Vent, Malkin is upset about the marketing of “United Flight 93″, which is getting rave reviews from wingers - but Malkin has some reservations.
Head over to the official discussion site for United 93, which is sponsored by Universal Studios. You will be disturbed. In a section called (whining) “Why Do They Hate America?” There’s not a single mention of Osama bin Laden. Instead, you get a Catholic-bashing history lesson about the Crusades, an obligatory sentence blaming the founding of Israel for jihad, and an effort to cast Muslims as perpetual victims of Western oppressors. No mention of the fact that Islamic imperialism began some 450 years before the start of the Crusades.
Anyway, why is the Flight 93 movie site invoking this biased history lesson? (”Dhimmitude” graphic appears onscreen) Do the movie promoters mean to endorse al Qaeda’s terrorist leaders? Because the rationalizations look and sound sickeningly familiar…
Universal Studios has some explaining to do.
How about LA and I give it a shot?
This sounded suspiciously like Malkin’s M.O. of using messages which appear on a discussion board to represent Official Liberal Positions, so I headed over to united93movie.com (Ed.: Corrected. Sorry about that, boys’ soccer team from Oklahoma), which is listed on IMDB as the official site for the movie. Nothing - not even on the message boards - which would qualify as what Malkin is worried about. (There is a section for alternative theories of 9/11, which is unhinged enough for five episodes of Vent, but nothing like what Malkin was referring to.)
LA, meanwhile, followed the link on HotAir (a daring move, I know) to find u93.org, also apparently sponsored by Universal Studios and which contained the link to “Why Do They Hate America” as described by Malkin. He also passed along this:
u93.org is a Christian site. I don’t think it’s official:
United 93 raises some of the most compelling questions of our day including:
* Why do some Muslim groups hate the West?
* What can we do about it?
* How do we effectively discuss these things in our communities?
* What do Muslims really believe?
* What does Jesus say?
These kinds of questions are not easily answered. Since 9/11 affected all of us, United 93 gives another opportunity to work out the love of God and love of neighbor within our communities. This website gives you several resources, tools, and active steps to take when looking at these issues.
It certainly seemed offical, what with the prominent Universal Studios copyright and all. WHOIS shed some more light. The IP is owned by Motive Entertainment, with a registrant named Paul Lauer. From Motive’s website:
Lauer is…one of the most well connected entrepreneurs in the Faith and Family Market, having most recently designed and executed the highly-successful marketing campaign for Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” for Icon Productions.
Lauer has gone on to manage grass roots outreach campaigns for the Tom Hanks/Robert Zemeckis film, “The Polar Express,” as well as the record breaking Walden Media/Disney epic series, “The Chronicles of Narnia.” In addition, Lauer has assisted with the marketing and distribution of numerous independent film projects.
In 2002, having experienced first-hand the challenges of bringing independent faith-based and family-friendly films to market, Lauer conceived Motive Entertainment as the missing link to solve this “distribution dilemma”.
So u93.org - the film site which offends Malkin so deeply, which is practicing dhimmitude and selling out the West - is…a site specifically set up to market to Christians. The rest of the site contains sermon outlines, materials for group discussions, and articles with titles like “Faith Matters, but…What do you do when G_d disappears?”
Fear not, though. Malkin’s hordes have already begun to descend on the discussion boards. Things won’t stay on the level of Christian Love for very long.