Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of Schindler’s List, is claiming political bias because a documentary movie he produced this year isn’t up for an Oscar, even though that film, 2016: Obama’s America, made more money at the box office than the combined earning of the 15 films the Academy deemed eligible.
Although I disagree with the Academy’s decision, I can at least understand it. Perhaps the documentary wasn’t good enough or artsy enough for the Academy’s tastes.
What I cannot understand, however, is the mainstream media’s treatment of the story. Namely, they’ve completely ignored it. When a documentary so thoroughly trounces its competition at the box office yet is not considered for an award, that’s news.
While the story has been ignored by the New York Times, USA Today, and Washington Post –outlets that pretend to be unbiased — it received a prominent headline on the Drudge Report. I think we’re seeing why the Drudge Report receives approximately an equal number of page views as the three mainstream outlets named above, notwithstanding the fact that the Drudge Report is essentially a one-man operation, while the latter outlets employ hundreds.