This just in: The earth has nine years left before Climate Change’s impact is irreversible.
So says Leonardo DiCaprio in a new Deadline interview. That’s hardly breaking news from the Don’t Look Up star. He’s dedicated much of his personal brand to warning us about global warming, environmental degradation and other frightening scenarios.
His 2016 Oscar speech was a call to enviro-activism. He also produced documentary films on the topic. The title of his new film, which is a honking metaphor for not recognizing the danger in front of us, is his most recent.
Let’s put the Climate Change debate off to the side for a moment.
It’s clear to most casual observers that DiCaprio doesn’t practice what he preaches. Sure, he’ll drive around in a Prius or two, but story after story shows he leaves a massive carbon footprint in his wake.
And that doesn’t include aspects of his private life we cannot know, from the size of his homes to just how much he travels, per movie, for promotional purposes.
When it comes to eco-savvy celebrities, Ed Begley, Jr. by most accounts “walks the walk.”
The Oscar nominee should be questioned by any journalist that is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to discuss the matter. It’s a classic case of “do what I say, not what I do.”
Hypocrisy can be click bait and is well-deserved.
What number of journalists has asked DiCaprio hard but fair questions on this subject in the last decade? This reporter can’t think of a single example. Any suggestions? Please leave them in the comment section.
The closest example could be a journalist pressing fellow eco-activist Mark Ruffalo about DiCaprio’s excesses. The Hulk actor didn’t take it well.
However, it should not be just one reporter who questions DiCaprio about the topic.
Country superstar Morgan Wallen will likely be asked question after question about his “n-word” controversy for the foreseeable future. It’s not an unfair question, even if some suggest the issue has been blown wildly out of proportion.
The word was spoken by him. The story became hugely popular and he immediately took steps to rectify and correct the matter.
It’s fair game.
Why not DiCaprio’s eco-hypocrisy? It’s mostly because it would embarrass the superstar and set back the climate change movement to a certain degree. And today’s Hollywood reporters would rather leave the question out of their interviews than do that.
Another recent example of Hollywood acting as de facto spin doctor for the famous, wealthy and liberal is here.
This week, we heard that Alec Baldwin was being sued by his family for $25 million.
According to Fox News Digital court records, the lawsuit against the actor, aged 63, seeks $25 million. It alleges defamation and invasion of privacy.
Baldwin’s Instagram post earlier in the month, where he gifted $5,000 to the widowed of a fallen soldier for help with her newborn child. Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum was killed Aug. 26 in Kabul in a suicide bombing as he was processing refugees amid the United States’ controversial withdrawal from the country.
Some media coverage was given to the news. Fox News, CNN, and NBC News all covered this story. However, other stories that are less significant often receive far more coverage.
Just Google “Jennifer Lawrence Pot” for a perfect example.
Still, given that Baldwin is a major star and is frequently in the news – last year’s accidental shooting heightened his public profile — suggests a media wave of coverage.
Conservative media addressed news issues, Breitbart News included.
It’s a natural fit, though, for the big four Hollywood news sites – The Wrap, Deadline, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Yet a search of all four sites on Jan. 21, a full day after the news broke, couldn’t find any coverage of the matter.
It’s hard to see any other reason than those sites wish to protect the aggressively liberal Baldwin from a damaging news cycle. No matter how the lawsuit progresses, the “30 Rock” alum comes off badly.
- Horrible optics
- More toxic press for a star still reeling from that on-set shooting
These are only two examples of Hollywood journalists who revealed their bias. There are more. Once again, some of the most insidious bias includes stories that aren’t covered and questions that aren’t asked.
Liberal media bias boomed under Trump and is still at absurdly high levels. NPR is a good example.
Consumers should know when they read this news outlets they’re not getting the full story.
[Cross-posted from Hollywood in Toto]