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Conservative talk radio — most notably Rush Limbaugh — was ripping into Sony Pictures on Thursday for “hypocrisy” and “cowardice” over its decision to cancel the release of The Interview, a response to terrorist threats and a devastating computer hack allegedly perpetrated by operatives working on behalf of North Korea.
“Let’s look at the hypocrisy, first off,” Limbaugh began. “Everybody in Hollywood is livid over Sony caving to the ‘Norks.’ We are told that people in Hollywood are outraged. They are fit to be tied. ‘How dare we cave to a bunch of tiny, small-time terrorist cyberhackers? We’re a bunch of cowards.'”
The Interview, which had been set for a Christmas Day release, is a Seth Rogen comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un.
“The same people who, a few short years ago, ripped George W. Bush for including North Korea in the Axis of Evil,” Limbaugh continued, “the same bunch of people who said, ‘North Korea? Come on. A small sliver of land that you can’t even see at night ’cause they don’t have electricity? They’re so poor, they can’t amount to anything. North Korea? Bush, you’re an enemy; Bush, you’re Hitler; Bush, you’re crazy. North Korea? Axis of Evil? Screw you, Bush.’ “
The nation’s No. 1 host on talk radio also compared Hollywood’s reaction to Sony with its reaction to President Barack Obama‘s push to normalize relations with Cuba.
“The hypocrisy is, at the very moment that they are ripping Sony and at the very moment they are ripping into the North Koreans and these hackers, they turn around and applaud and praise the appeasement of another set of dictators in Cuba,” he said.
The conservative host also blamed Hollywood’s brand of liberalism, which he says leads to a blame-America-first mentality, and he used as an example the killing of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.
“The same Hollywood people that are upset that this movie’s been pulled were the same people happy to blame a movie for Benghazi, were they not? And that movie-maker ended up in jail, and they all supported that,” he said. “The same people applauded Barack Obama jailing some guy that made a YouTube video, a film that nobody ever saw, blaming it — once again, America — for a problem in the Middle East, and they all applauded the suppression of that filmmaker and his art.”
Hannity asked if modern-day Hollywood would have had the guts to make anti-Nazi films during World War II, and he called Kim Jong Un “a little twerp” and the hacking of Sony “an act of war.”
“What happened to speaking truth to power?” asked Hannity. “Why do we have to suck up to a two-bit dictator? This is going to have major ramifications.”
Throughout the country, talk-radio hosts in big markets and small were heard criticizing Sony, beginning Wednesday night and throughout the day Thursday.
Nationally syndicated host Dennis Prager, for example, played an altered version of The Star Spangled Banner with the line “home of the brave” changed to “better safe than sorry,” and said his version applies to the “cowards” at Sony.
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