RADIO CALL — TAPE #793 EXCERPT
Q: Mark Russell Bell
M: Matt Drudge
S: “The Matt Drudge Show” screener
T: Stu Stogall, “The Matt Drudge Show” guest
Birds and butterflies Rivers and mountains she creates But you’ll never know The next move she’ll make You can try But it is useless to ask why Cannot control her She goes her own way She rules until the end of time She gives and she takes She rules until the end of time She goes her way With every breath And all the choices that we make We are only passing through on her way
M: Alright, Matt Drudge Sunday nights from the alleys to the valleys, from the halls to the stalls —
I find my strength
M: It is “The Drudge Report” on Oscar night.
Believing that their soul lives on
M: Drudge Report dot com is where you can go for the action.
Until the end of time
M: Drudge Report dot com is where it all unfolds.
I’ll carry that with me . . .
(“Mother Earth” performed by Within Temptation)
Q: Yes, I wanted to talk to Matt about Hollywood.
S: What do you want to say about . . .
Q: Well I don’t really look at it in a political way. I — it just seems to me that people don’t really want to question their lives and choices. And I think you have to look at —
S: What’s your name?
Q: My name is Mark.
S: Mark, where are you calling from?
Q: From California.
S: What city?
Q: Los Angeles.
S: Okay and what station do you listen to the show on?
S: A —
S: Oh okay, just like to find out — I got it. Okay, hold on. Okay?
T: . . . with the CIA so the spying is no big deal. I think the Kofi Anon incident crossed the line because it seemed that MI6, the British intelligence service, went into his office and placed a bug. There’s a big difference between listening to someone’s telephone line and then going into his actual and then bugging it.
M: Well this — this comes after the skirmish in the U.K. with Claire Short. She’s the former — Britain’s former international development secretary who’s part of Blair’s cabinet. She later resigned over the Iraq war — is accusing also Britain of eavesdropping and spying on the U.N. and the General Secretary himself so a lot of people are now making charges, from Kofi Anon — well not directly. But Hans Blix saying, “We were bugging these people.” And I remember the British newspaper — I think it was The Observer early on, saying they . . .
(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: A HALF HOUR DISCUSSION OF EVENTS IN HAITI WITH STU STOGALL, WHO SAID HE WAS CALLING FROM THE BASEMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS AS HE WAS “TRYING TO FILE A REPORT FOR TOMORROW’S TIME.” I MUST’VE FORGOTTEN TO TURN THE TAPE RECORDER BACK ON WHEN THE SCREENER RETURNED TO THE LINE. UPON FURTHER QUESTIONING, I REMEMBER STATING SOMETHING LIKE: “IN CONSIDERING ‘THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST,’ ONE MUST REMEMBER THE SUPERFICIALITY OF MEL GIBSON’S APPROACH TO THE LIFE OF ‘BRAVEHEART.’”)
M: . . . Getting Emails from Hans Blix. Oh my Lord. I don’t think — that’s someone I don’t want on my instant message list. So how about the Oscars? Is it heating up at all? “Lord of the Rings” now — is it six for seven? It’s going to win. All the way with “Lord of the Rings.” I think this about sums it up. You know all the Hobbits are sitting on the edge of their seats. They can’t wait. We’re going to break out in a Hobbit celebration here. Finally some victory for “Lord of the Rings” after being snubbed all these years. Finally Hollywood is (“HI”) acknowledging. Are you following at all what’s happening in the Olympics? This is interesting in light of what we’re going through domestically with the gay marriages and all the rest. Dateline: Athens, a plan to allow transsexuals to take part in the Olympics has been put off. Apparently, the International Olympic Committee has failed to reach a consensus whether transsexuals (X) can take part in the Olympics. And, again, this is the Greek Olympics are (“CAR”) coming up in a few months here, summertime. (X) This discussion on the transsexuals is a difficult decision, (X) according to the IOC president. The rule would cover both male-to-female and female-to-make cases. Some contend that transsexual athletes have a physical advantage against other women because men are believed to have a higher level of — you know what I mean. So that’s what they’re worried about. “Hey, that’s really a man under there. She’s jumping higher. She’s racing faster.” However, doctors say levels and muscle mass drop after hormone therapy and sex change surgery. “It’s much more complicated for someone with no medical training to understand what we’re dealing with,” said one Olympic member. So the decision to allow transsexuals to take place in the Olympic games. And if they don’t I’m sure Rupert Murdoch can have the special — the Transsexual Olympics just in time for the July sweeps. (X) Since “Littlest Groom” didn’t work out too well. It’s Drudge on Sunday night. (commercial then rock music)
S: Hey Robert, hang in there, okay?
Q: From Los Angeles. (“UM-HUH”)
S: Oh your rider’s wrong. Hang on.
Q: Okay. (rock music followed by bumper music “Hooray For Hollywood”)
M: Alright, well we’re on our ninth cocktail at the Vanity Fair party just getting ready for this. By the time Sean Penn gets on they will be nice and sober. So did I see that right? Cinematography just went to “Master and Commander”? That’s kind of an upset, wasn’t it? Uh-oh, come on Hobbits, jump up and down. Get your magic going there. Start waving your witchcraft around, your lord of the rings. Somebody get the ring. (gives number twice) Line three, Mark in Los Angeles on KFI, you’re on the (BEEP) (air with Drudge).
Q: Well regarding the matter of Hollywood, I believe it’s — the problem is that people don’t want to examine or question their lives or choices. And that’s why you see it where it is today. Now when I — in a less enlightened period of my own life, I worked in Hollywood. In fact, I worked on the movie “Braveheart.” And I researched William Wallace. And I knew how artificial the “Braveheart” screenplay was yet I thought it was in the studio’s best interest to cover-up the inaccuracies. The movie, in fact, glamorized war and transformed one of history’s monsters into a heroic figure.
M: Alright, thank you sir. That was live from the Vanity Fair party. I told you it was flowing down there. Thank you. It’s Drudge on Sunday night. Come on Billy Crystal, dance. Dance for us. Put on a show.
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Q: (speaking into tape recorder) Well I must say I was disturbed by the ‘Bob’ business. I was considering the possibilities of what to say. And I thought that perhaps the ‘Bob’ business indicated that some of my thoughts were not coming from a place of forgiveness and love and shared evolving because that’s really what my story is. It’s something for others to compare with, in terms of their own life and see how much Love we have. So there was — there were many things I was tempted to say about “Braveheart.” But there’s a lot of other factual, I mean, things that could be said. There’s been a lot of publicity and throughout the media about the film. They’ve turned it into an event. I saw an article in the L.A. Times (“Answering the [casting] call” by David A. Keeps) where it talked about the actors who portrayed Jesus over the years. Apparently the first one was — I’m looking at the article here — oh Frank Russell who “portrayed the Messiah in the 1898 Edison production of ‘The Passion Play of Oberammergau,’ shot on the roof of New York’s Grand Central Palace.” Anyway, I was making some comments about “Braveheart” on some Internet websites, such as http://www.hollywoodjesus.com and some Christian websites. And what I mentioned was that one of the learning experiences of my life was working on the press kit for “Braveheart,” presenting such a phrase in the handbook of production information as “It was an age stained by cruelty and violence, yet also a splendid and heroic time when the ideal of freedom was first beginning to thrive.” As the film was released, I wasn’t aware of a single journalist who questioned the accuracy of Gibson’s depiction of Wallace’s life, perhaps satisfied with the explanations provided by the press kit. Now, more spiritually enlightened than at that time, I am aware that corporate and national entities can become evil principalities for those who lack spiritual awareness. Wouldn’t I have liked to say that my spiritual path is chronicled at the non-commercial website testament dot org. I guess I — if I’d been in a bitchy mood, one might have brought up that whole business of the parallels between Rome and our own times. Is President Bush our Emperor Claudius? If I really wanted to be bold — I hope this isn’t negative — but I myself have always been challenged to look beyond the surface of the King James Bible. John Dominic Crossan was one of those who dared looking past the surface metaphors. But with Mel Gibson’s new movie, it’s not really a metaphor, is it? You see it in vivid dramatic license. I recently received The Bible Fraud by Tony Bushby, an Australian author and apparently his book is an accounting of the Masonic version of the Christ story. I’m not quite sure — I haven’t really reached a conclusion about it all yet but I find the name Rabbi Jesus Cunobeline interesting. But just as interesting are the parallels between the Jesus figure of the Mahabarata, Krishna — and Jesus. There’s so much material in libraries and bookstores and universities that no one person really can ever make sense of it all. But you can always follow your emotions. So I — again I have to question how superficial is Mel Gibson’s film? And since this is a difficult area to address, let me address something that I’ve always personally wondered at — and I hope I’m not saying anything offensive. One of the things I’ve always wondered about metaphorically in the book of John was that whole business about he made himself the Son of God. Looking at my own experience, there is no parallel with the Bible’s Jesus — someone stating to be The Son of God instead of “We all should strive to be a son of God.” That’s what I’m attempting to do. So on one level perhaps metaphorically can a case be made that metaphorically anyone who attempts to make himself The Son of God is going to get crucified? Now I do hold some unpopular views. For example — the book of Job. My belief is that Job lost his game with God or any — choose any name of God that you believe in as being accurate. I know with Moses, there’s a certain name and this certain name had links with the name Michael in ancient literature. Well I’ve read at least one source that says yes. Now John 19:1: “Thou couldst have no power at all against me except it were given thee from above. Therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.” Now as one well aware of the weaknesses and foibles of us Christed ones, metaphorically might this be a representation of weakness: perhaps ‘he’ should be capitalized in context with the beginning of the sentence. Maybe there is a hidden metaphor of bitchiness in the Bible. Well let’s see what’s happening on the Drudge show. It’s a commercial, of course. And yes, I’ve been listening to the show earlier and he and his associate — it sounded like propaganda to me. They always have to turn Hollywood into something ‘liberal’ as opposed to something ‘conservative.’ And you heard what I said to the screener. Now if he was going to get political, I was going to say probably something like, “Well just a moment, Matt. I mean for Pete’s sake, you’re a Clearchannel host!” Maybe next year at the Expo if I go, I can talk about “New Esoteric Spiritual Traditions” such as ‘The Bobs’ or anagrams within names as warnings. Certainly people are ignoring me to avoid questioning their lives and choices.