Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Ed Bagley, Jr.: Washington And Hollywood Are A Lot Alike, Illusions, Special Effects, Smoke And Mirrors
James O'Keefe's Project Veritas strikes again. This time they expose the extent of the fraud the Hollywood elites are willing to perpetrate to pursue their political agenda. In this case, O'Keefe's undercover team poses as representatives of a Middle Eastern oil tycoon from Dubai named Muhammed who wants to fund a Hollywood-produced anti-fracking documentary to bolster his bottom line by interfering with any and all efforts to make America energy independent. The foils in this plot are award-winning film producer Josh Tickell and actors Ed Begley, Jr. and Mariel Hemingway. Muhammed agrees to plop down $11 million to finance the project that will be funneled through two prominent, anti-fracking, nonprofit environmental groups with close ties to Hollywood. Tickell assures Muhammed's representatives that they will get at least one A list actor like Mark Ruffalo or Woody Harrelson to participate in the project. The key players all agree that the source of funding will be kept secret; otherwise, the effort cannot proceed. "If we have to disclose that or that becomes a necessary part of it the whole enterprise will not work," Tickell explains. During a luncheon meeting to wrap up their deal, Ed Begley, Jr. says to Muhammed: "Washington and Hollywood are a lot alike . . . illusions, special effect, smoke and mirrors. Muhammed replies, "As long as it looks good to the eye it doesn't matter." "Exactly," Begley retorts. "Washington and Hollywood are very similar that way." As Paul Harvey would say, And now you know the rest of the story." Tin foil hats, anyone?