Director Oliver Stone initially told the press that he refused to condemn Weinstein’s behavior, at the Busan International Film Festival. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he said, “I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial. I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either . . . I’m not going to comment on gossip.”

 



Tonight (Monday), CBS-affiliated Showtime begins The Putin Interviews, a four-night series of interview excerpts with Russian President Vladimir Putin, conducted by far-left film maker Oliver Stone who, judging by a previous series on Showtime, has an affinity for KGB-connected strongmen.



It seems that, finally, liberal journalists are challenging the credulous, dictator-coddling filmmaking of lefty Oliver Stone. But maybe that’s because the communist-friendly director avoided tough questions when talking to Vladimir Putin. Appearing on CBS This Morning, Stone fawned over the Russian strong man, praising, “He believes in talk. He believes in peaceful co-existence.” 



Oliver Stone wants you to understand that Putin is not a bad person. He’s just misunderstood.

 

The filmmaker and director of ‘Snowden’ recently filmed a series of interviews with Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin. He also told ABC that he believed that “the image the West has of him is wrong.”  

 

Stone argued that Putin is only trying to defend what Russia stands for, which is “not about empire or expansion or aggression or a return to the old days.” Stone also accused Americans of not being able to listen to Putin. He said it was important to listen to Putin because “what you see is what you get.”

 


It's probably not a shock that Oliver Stone has found yet another conspiracy theory to embrace. The liberal filmmaker posted a lengthy rant to Facebook on Tuesday in which he claimed CIA involvement in Ukraine. 



Liberal filmmaker Oliver Stone, who has previously made sympathetic documentaries on dictators Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, now plans to promote Russia's Vladimir Putin, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The director asserted he "would love to do an interview with [Putin] because he represents a different point of view that Americans don't hear." 



How radical is Hollywood? There are two competing movie projects sure to lionize Edward Snowden betraying America’s secrets. Naturally, one of them is helmed by Oliver Stone, who bows to no one in casting America as a global supervillain. See his Untold History of the United States bilge on Showtime.

"This is one of the greatest stories of our time," said the leftist director. "A real challenge." Stone has repeatedly called Snowden a "hero" and slammed President Obama as a "disgrace" for his "Bush-style eavesdropping techniques." A rival Snowden movie based on Glenn Greenwald's Snowden book No Place to Hide is also in the works from Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli,  producers of the James Bond movies. Alongside the Brian Williams softball special on NBC, there’s a “Snowden business” emerging:



In a Facebook posting on Monday, far-left director Oliver Stone touted the "popularity" of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of the move against Crimea. Stone credulously hyped, "The Crimean Referendum now going on, and seems clear more than 90% of Crimeans consider themselves Russian." 

The filmmaker proceeded to shift the blame onto George H.W. Bush for his actions after the fall of the Soviet Union: "The entire world would be a far more peaceful place now if Bush father had any vision or generosity like Roosevelt or Kennedy, but instead he turned out to be another Truman in his time." 



Liberal celebrities finally did something useful: they proved that it’s easier to support socialism when you have toilet paper and electricity.

Wealthy Hollywood-types have the luxury to fawn over Venezuela and its authoritarian leaders, but many Venezuelans do not have share this rosy perspective. Reuters reported that anti-government activists have taken to the streets in protest against President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist regime. Several people have been killed, including a beauty queen.



Since the left-wing nonsense coming out of Hollywood can be just as obnoxious as anything you’d find on MSNBC, the MRC’s “Best Notable Quotables of 2013” once again includes our annual Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award for Celebrity Vapidity.

Past winners of this prestigious prize include: actress Jessica Lange in 2002 (“I despise him [George W. Bush]. I despise his administration and everything they stand for.”); The View’s Rosie O'Donnell in 2007 (“I just want to say something: 655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?”); and actor/director Rob Reiner in 2010 (“My fear is that the Tea Party gets a charismatic leader, because all they’re selling is fear and anger and that’s all Hitler sold.”)

This year’s winners and corresponding videos after the jump.



Of all the things Americans have to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, here's another one: Martin Bashir is not on MSNBC today. That's due to the holiday, of course, rather than any MSNBC executive's sense of honor.

Bashir's reprehensible attack on Sarah Palin leads off the current edition of MRC's Notable Quotables, our bi-weekly compilation of the most outrageous quotes in the liberal media. Also this week: instead of President Obama apologizing for misleading millions of Americans that they could keep their insurance plans, some journalists say the "real apology" should be delivered to Obama from conservatives who all along warned of the folly of ObamaCare; while the increasingly-absurd Ed Schultz insists that the thrill-up-their-leg Obama-loving media "want ObamaCare to fail."

Selected quotes and video after the jump; the full issue is posted at www.MRC.org.



Filmmaker Oliver Stone made some truly offensive comments on PBS’s Tavis Smiley show Wednesday.

“I don't know why these Republican white people...They're strange to me," he said. "It’s almost as if we’re an apartheid state and they’re still fighting for the rights of whites in South Africa” (video follows with transcript and commentary):