September 23, 2005, - 5:36 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
My column exposing Jodie Foster’s outrageous new movie, “Flight Plan,” was quoted/excerpted in today’s Washington Times in the “Inside Politics” column.
My thanks to columnist Greg Pierce who regularly pens the well-read (and well-written) column, excerpted here (SPOILER ALERT–do not read if you don’t want to know the plot of “Flight Plan”):
The bad guys in Jodie Foster’s new movie “Flight Plan” are a flight attendant and a federal air marshal, instead of the politically incorrect Arab villains.
The movie, which opens nationwide today, is “an outrageous piece of propaganda and incredible display of the irresponsible,” declares Debbie Schlussel. “If you’re a freedom-loving American like me, the rotten tricks of this movie will disgust you.”
At her blog (www.debbieschlussel.com) the Detroit-based columnist writes: “Throughout ‘Flight Plan,’ we are given hints — very strong hints — that four Muslim Arabs are the terrorists on the plane. … Instead, the terrorists are the flight’s air marshal and a flight attendant.
“That is an outrage for a number of reasons. Two of those reasons are Betty Ong and Madeleine Amy Sweeney. Both were among the many flight attendants who gave their lives on 9/11.
“They weren’t terrorists. They were American heroes. Instead of calling their families to say good-bye, they contacted ground crews and identified the hijackers. It was because of them that authorities were able to identify Mohamed Atta and his 18 thugs as al Qaeda.
“Other flight attendants were brutally murdered by the hijackers, who slit their throats.”
The film is also a “huge blow” to the image of federal air marshals, Miss Schlussel says.
“Is it more likely that a dedicated, patriotic American [air marshal] … would be a terrorist hijacker … or four suspicious-looking, strange-acting Arab Muslims? ‘Flight Plan’ wants you to think the former.”
Noting that Miss Foster “is set to play Nazi film propagandist Leni Riefenstahl in an upcoming movie,” Miss Schlussel asks: “And John Hinckley tried to murder a president to impress this woman?”
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