- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2014

JON VOIGHT STANDS FAST

It’s almost Emmy Awards time. Will Hollywood freeze out silver screen conservative Jon Voight following his recent vigorous protests against President Obama, the Democratic party and his fellow actors who are critical of Israel? The Oscar-winning veteran actor is indeed up for the Best Supporting Actor Emmy himself for his portrayal of a crime family patriarch on the popular Showtime series “Ray Donovan.” He is also clear, unapologetic and candid about his political views, and will take to the airwaves, editorial pages or public rallies to get his point across.

“Republicans are a minority in Hollywood, and some have blamed the lack of awards recognition by peers on their right political views,” says Nellie Andreeva, television editor for Deadline Hollywood, an industry publication.

Being “outspoken” in Hollywood is not an automatic career condemnation she says, and sagely points out that politically inclined actors often wait to the awards ceremony itself to make a big statement. And their careers go on. George C. Scott and Marlon Brando, who both rejected their Oscars for political reasons. Filmmaker Michael Moore went after then-President George W. Bush’s policies during his Oscar acceptance speech, with little residual damage in the aftermath.

“Whether Voight wins an Emmy or not, he gave a glimpse of his potential Emmy speech at the Television Critics Association press tour a few week ago,” Ms. Andreeva observes.

The actor was on.

“Let me just say, I feel very blessed and very fortunate to have had so many wonderful experiences as an actor,” Mr. Voight told the influential gathering. “It’s almost like I earned this role over years of struggling and failing and experimenting and succeeding.”

In the aftermath, onlookers swore that it was a very apt “rehearsal” for a possible victory speech when the Emmys are announced on August 25.

YES, AMERICANS FRET ABOUT EBOLA

Media coverage is intense on the Ebola outbreak in Africa, and the recent arrival of two patients in the U.S. to received treatment. A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 58 percent of Americans are concerned personally about the threat of Ebola disease while 46 percent think it is at least somewhat likely that disease will get into the general population of the United States. Just as many — 47 percent — say that’s unlikely.

The public is aware of a shrill media. Forty-eight percent of Americans believe the press tend to make the outbreak of such diseases sound worse than they really are 29 percent disagree, 23 percent are not sure. Two thirds of Americans, however, are closely following the reports.

If the disease does surface, 55 percent are confident that the U.S. public health system can contain it, 38 percent are not. And about a practical solution: 53 percent think it’s at least somewhat likely that a vaccine for Ebola will be developed in the next 10 years. The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted on August 1-25.

DR. CARSON’S WARNING

And about Ebola, and it’s new presence in the U.S.

“Ebola is a terrifying disease. I am a little concerned that we’re bringing it back here. It can survive outside the host, for several days at least. Why do we even risk such things when we can send experts. We can send a plane. We can create a hospital somewhere. We can export that preparedness,” Dr. Ben Carson told Newsmax TV on Monday.

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