The New York Times reported yesterday that top executives from Hollywood’s movie studios, television networks,cinema operators and labor unions met for 90 minutes Sunday morning with Karl Rove, senior adviser to President Bush,to discuss how the entertainment industry could cooperate in the war on terrorism and to begin setting up a structureto make it happen.
One idea discussed was a series of public service announcements — some created to play in American theaters beforefeature films, some made for television, others directed to members of the armed forces and still others intended tospread pro-American messages abroad. Another idea involved efforts to enlist movie and television stars to entertaintroops abroad and their families at bases around the country.
Several of the about 50 executives at the meeting said that such discussions had, in fact, been under way for severaldays, hammering out how this effort can best be organized, and a general agreement has begun to take shape. Each ofthe studios, networks and unions will designate one executive to act as a liaison in the effort, and this industrywide group will probably operate under the umbrella of the Motion Picture Association of America.
While the media celebrates war, it whites-out voices of dissent. But these voices are growing. Ralph Nader spoke tothousands in Boston on Saturday night about corporate power, the media, human rights, and war.
- Ralph Nader, speaking at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston Saturday night.