CBS Movie Critic Accuses GOP Of Stealing Ohio

<p><img hspace="0" border="0" align="right" src="media/2006-06-18-CBSSMedelstein.jpg" />MRC intern Eugene Gibilaro found that on CBS’s Sunday Morning yesterday, movie critic David Edelstein politicized his movie review of &quot;The Lake House.&quot; Edelstein discusses time travel movies and describes the plot of &quot;The Lake House,&quot; as:</p><blockquote style="margin-right: 0px;" dir="ltr"><p>&quot;I even loved the incredibly dumb time travel romance &quot;The Lake House,&quot; where Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock send letters back and forth between 2004 and 2006.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Seems Edelstein couldn’t resist the opportunity to interject his political philosophy into the review as he alluded to the 2004 election and the fact that he believes George Bush and the Republican Party stole Ohio:</p><blockquote style="margin-right: 0px;" dir="ltr"><p>&quot;<strong>If I could send mail to someone in 2004, I'd suggest, oh, paying closer attention to the voting booths in Ohio</strong>. But that's me.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Edelstein admitted his political beliefs in his <a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2102859/">review</a> of Michael Moore’s film &quot;Fahrenheit 9/11&quot; for the liberal website slate.com:</p><blockquote style="margin-right: 0px;" dir="ltr"><p>&quot;<strong>Along with many other polite liberals</strong>, I cringed last year when Moore launched into his charmless, pugilistic acceptance speech at the Academy Awards. Oh, how vulgar, I thought—couldn't he at least have been funny? A year later, I think I might have been too hard on the fat prick. Six months before her death in 1965, the great novelist Dawn Powell wrestled in her diary with the unseemliness of political speech during an &quot;artistic&quot; event: &quot;Lewis Mumford gave jolt to the occasion and I realized I had gotten as chicken as the rest of America because what he said—we had no more right in Vietnam than Russia had in Cuba—was true but I did not think he should use his position to declaim this. Later I saw the only way to accomplish anything is by 'abusing' your power.&quot; Exactly. <em>Fahrenheit 9/11</em> is not a documentary for the ages, it is an act of counterpropaganda that has a boorish, bullying force. It is, all in all, a legitimate abuse of power.<font size="2">&quot;</font></p><p>In addition to slate.com, Edelstein also is the movie reviewer for the NPR program &quot;Fresh Air With Terry Gross.&quot; Given his history and who he works for, it’s no surprise that Edelstein may believe the Republicans cheated. But in reality his conclusion is about as historically accurate as the Oliver Stone film &quot;JFK,&quot; which I’m sure he loved.</p><p /></blockquote>