The film Lone Survivor is based on the true story written by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and his time spent on Operation Redwings on the Hindu Kush mountain range in Afghanistan. The book is called Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10:
I’ve read the book, and Luttrell thinks there is a liberal media agenda- (even though right wing Fox Newsdominates all other forms of news media, and on top of that the liberal outlets actually praised and promoted the book), but I gotta hand it to him, the tale is absolutely amazing. I have no idea how the film could possibly stack up to the book, but I’m sure it will do it justice since Luttrell was part of the direction needed to convey how it really went down. If you haven’t read the book, by all means do so, it really humbles you to know what these SpecOps people go through and the incredibly large set they carry around.
This is where I’d like to go back to that liberal conspiracy stuff and plug some collusion, because Luttrell argues that there is a liberal media bias, and I have to respectfully beg to differ. His argument/beef is that the liberals pushed this concept of ‘Rules of Engagement’ that dictates how military servicemen and women should conduct business on the battlefield. The ROE are what ultimately put him and his team in the danger they inevitably get involved with, but I’m not going to get into that in-depth discussion (which I don’t know enough about anyways), but rather would like to cover just one tiny aspect of what he argues in the book regarding the media. It’s a topic I’ve heard almost every conspiracy theorist repeat and I disagree with it entirely; it’s the supposed “liberal media monopoly.”
The right wing wants everyone to believe that there is a pervasive liberal agenda; but the truth is that Fox News has consistently been rated the top cable news programming for several years in a row.HuffingtonPost.com listed the top 30 cable news shows in order of ratings, and Fox News took the TOP 14 SHOWS. You’re reading that correctly; the liberal media outlets like CNN didn’t even come close to number one. The closest they came was number 15, with the MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show coming in with 620K viewers. That’s a landslide behind the number 1 show- The O’Reilly Factor with its 2.358M viewers. The number 2 show is Fox’s The Five with 1.748M viewers. The list continues on with Fox shows like Hannity, Shep Smith, etc. until you get to Maddow at number 15. If you add up the viewers you’ll see that you get 17,434,001 Fox viewers vs. MSNBC’s 620,000 viewers for Maddow. That’s a pretty wide delta. So tell me which message gets pumped into heads harder; right wing messages with 17M+ viewers or left wing with 0.62M? I acknowledge that I’m definitely not a right winger (nor left; I’m politically unaffiliated, which I’d recommend to anyone who votes to put on their card if you are truly open minded), but it’s a farce for people to relay this false message that the liberals run the media. They might control the entertainment industry; but not the news media.
There is a documentary called Outfoxed that goes into much further detail on the problems with this Fox News movement (although to be honest, it was put together by the liberal group MoveOn.Org, but nonetheless). Here’s a clip about Bill O’Reilly and this 9/11 victim’s son and how their confrontation went down (if you don’t want to watch the whole thing, go to about 5:10 to see what happened behind the scenes):
So that’s the only conspiracy I’d like to cover. It all ties into 9/11 conspiracies and the trickery of what happened afterwards. But that’s not to take away from the legitimate evils the SEALs faced in this story.
So here’s the poster for the film, which gives us the same old All Seeing Eye symbolism:
This movie poster falls right in line with the others:
Marky Mark (who plays Marcus Luttrell) went slightly viral a couple of weeks ago with a “rant” (it was more calm than that, but everyone portrayed it like he was out of control or some shit) about how actors have no clue what it’s like to be in the Special Forces so he wasn’t going to comment further on the conditions of the training for the film. Tom Cruise recently was saying something along those lines (that acting was somewhat similar to the military; if you kind of take it out of context), but Mark says the lashing wasn’t about Cruise. Here’s that video, gotta respect him for being honest about it:
Which is ironic because he was the one who kind of said that if he was on one of the 9/11 planes “things would’ve been different.” Wahlberg later apologized for the comment. I think dude just tells it how he feels and doesn’t sugar coat things: