Alright: maybe not such a shock. But I still find myself pretty appalled by how frequently and shamelessly Hollywood is prepared to distort the truth in service of its liberal propaganda goals.
Take the latest Matt Damon movie, Promised Land. It's about a town in rural Pennsylvania whose tranquillity and beauty are threatened with ruination by sinister energy interests. Now, if the energy interests in question belonged to Big Wind this would indeed be a fair representation of reality. Industrial wind farms are spreading misery all across the world - driving a wedge between communities, slicing and dicing birds and bats, blighting views, driving up energy prices, making people sick with their Low Frequency Noise.
Instead, though, the film's target is the shale gas industry which - despite numerous attempts to smear it by a well-funded anti-fracking propaganda campaign featuring everyone from loveable Russian gas giant Gazprom to Sean and Yoko to Matt Damon - has benefited the US hugely by creating real jobs, increasing energy security and driving down energy prices.
The story of the desperate measures to which Damon was driven in order to make the shale gas industry look like plausible villains is well worth reading.
Whereas, of course, the villains in real life are those greedy, fascistic, corrupt, junk-science-worshipping, rent-seeking, bullying environmentalists.
Will the movie industry ever acknowledge this?
Well, I hope so because I'm currently collaborating with a long-established Hollywood veteran - his credits range from The Parallax View to Alien - on a movie version of my book Watermelons: the Green Movement's True Colors (Publius). The plan is to recast it as my favorite of all Hollywood genres, the conspiracy thriller.
Question is, will we get the finance? I reckon there's a huge market out there, not least from all those millions of us who are fed up to the back teeth of environmentalist bullying and tax-hiking and overregulation and hypocrisy and mendacity. But if the finance does come I suspect it's highly unlikely to come from those impeccably liberal, polar-bear hugging mainstream Hollywood sources.
Nor, somehow, can I see it ever get a screening at Sundance.
If there's anyone out there who's interested in helping out with this project I'd love to hear from you. (Rob Long: does such a thing even exist - movie funding that isn't controlled by foaming lefties?) All I know is that the bad guys have been making all the running in the movie industry. It's time we good guys struck a blow for truth, freedom, originality - and healthy box office!