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Jeremy Scahill: Hollywood Uncomfortable with My Movie Critical of Obama

Jeremy Scahill’s documentary Dirty Wars is nominated for an Oscar, and the whole thing is very surreal for Scahill, a national security reporter who recently joined Glenn Greenwald’s new venture First Look Media. In a new interview with The Daily Beast, Scahill opens up about the reception his movie, a documentary about U.S. military action across the world, has been received in Hollywood.

He admits he’s surprised that it’s been well-received, because the movie is incredibly critical of President Obama’s foreign policy, and because Hollywood is such a liberal place, it’s definitely rather wary about his movie.

“I wasn’t sure how that would play with people in Hollywood, because it is a very heavy Democratic base of people. You make it about Bush, and everybody would be cheering. You make it about Obama and it forces people to look in the mirror in an uncomfortable way.”

Scahill also talks about working with Greenwald, saying they want to redefine journalism as more than a government buttress, saying that they decided early on they would allow the White House to comment on stories but would never “make an agreement not to publish based on what they say.”

Dirty Wars is up against The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, The Square, and 20 Feet from Stardom in the Oscars this upcoming Sunday.

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