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August 11th, 2011
05:30 AM ET

Talkback: Does Hollywood making a bin Laden movie warrant an investigation by the Inspector General and the Department of Defense?

Although Kathryn Bigelow's movie about the capture of Osama bin Laden has yet to begin production, it is already stirring controversy.

Yesterday, Representative Peter King (R-NY) called for an investigation into whether the White House has granted Bigelow and Sony Pictures special access to confidential information for the project.

Jay Carney, White House spokesman, dismissed this request as "ridiculous," asserting, "When people are working on articles, books, documentaries or movies that involve the president ask to speak to administration officials we do our best to accommodate them to make sure the facts are correct."

The film is set to be released in October 2012, one month before the November elections.

Talkback: Does Hollywood making a bin Laden movie warrant an investigation by the Inspector General and the Department of Defense?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Susan Lee

    Are you kidding me? How about we investigate how the rich were the only ones to make any money the last 3-1/2 years? Now that's something I'd be interested to hear about!

    August 11, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  2. Dan Geho

    Here's a clue. It's not the movies, it's the economy stupid.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  3. Rich

    Absolutely- Look what happened t0 Notre Dame football after they released that Knute Rockne movie!

    August 11, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  4. Carole

    I am totally disgusted with Congress, and this is just another example of their failure to deal with real issues. What a waste of time and money! I really think that the President of the USA has enough sense and awareness of his responsibility to avoid leaking classified information to a movie maker. With some Congressional members' "loose lips," I'm just glad they don't have complete access to classified information. I wish they would just get with the program and get on with the real work they were sent to the country. Quit campaigning, it's only 2011!

    August 11, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  5. annieM

    Let'see–the global economy is on the tank, people have no income, the USA is still involved in several wars and we are about to waste time and money on a stupid movie? In the real world, Rep. King would be fired for wasting money WE DO NOT HAVE! Please let me be in charge of firing these political morons!

    August 11, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  6. Carole

    I am disgusted with Congress, and this is just another example!! Do they not have more important things to do than to "investigate" something else. What a waste of time and money. I think that the President of the United States has enough sense and knowledge of his responsibility to avoid "leaking classified information" to a movie maker. It would probably be riskier if everyone in Congress had access to classified information...they don't know how to keep their mouths shut!

    August 11, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  7. Nono No

    I hope citizens will not fall for the ususal Wizzard Of Oz 'don't pay attention to the man behind the curtain' trick

    August 11, 2011 at 7:50 am |
  8. Louis Phillips

    NO. We already know the answer. This was the only real accomplishment of this administration. They are politiciams desparate to get Their man re-elected.

    August 11, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  9. Jim Stevens

    Could members of congress possibly stop looking for the next piece of self-serving political advantage and focus on helping American families instead? Shame on our electorate for their impoverished sense of duty and responsibility.

    August 11, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  10. Greg Wheeler

    That's just more put political crap from a desperate entity. Of instead of searching for a real issue, The republicans are trying to make an issue out of a very popular act of heroism.

    August 11, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  11. Rick

    I would say not. The only reason for concern is because of the 2012 political war!!! If this would come out in 2013 not a word would be said!!! Congress should stay focus on the task and war at hand ( Americans)!!!!!

    August 11, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  12. peter b

    Yes. As w all know the economy is booming, we hav full employment, th stock market is booming, th poverty rat is falling, ar troops ar coming home and climat change is being reversed. What else is there left but looking at Hollywood?

    August 11, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  13. tod hale

    No. But I see Peter King is making excellent progress towards winning the Joseph McCarthy acheivement award.

    August 11, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  14. Marguerite Payne

    Enough is enough. All of the politicans should get focused on what matters. The health and welfare of the American workers and economy. There should not be any senate or congressional hearings on any topic except ones that relate to bringing in the best business leaders to talk about how to loosen up the purse strings and getting jobs posted and getting the talented and experienced American citizens back to work. What is happening to the older workers in this country is pure and simple a human conditions tragedy!

    August 11, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  15. MeLoN

    It is just another attempt to get Obama re-elected and Obama probably did share classified info with the film marker.

    August 11, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • Nono No

      How's that Obama hiding under your bed phobia working out for you?

      August 11, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  16. Dokron

    NO, of course not! Hollywood dosent need facts to make a good movie.This is more republican nonsense.

    August 11, 2011 at 6:48 am |
  17. Tasha Wilson

    Investigation o_O ?? Ok this is a MAJOR WASTE of tax payers money. Congress is a joke sometimes I swear, now that's where major layoffs should've taken place, in CONGRESS!!!!!

    August 11, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  18. Steve Hawkins

    There are so many important issues like, runaway gas prices causing the economy to go hell, that Congress should donate their time to. Sometimes it seems our great federal government wants to waste valuable time and effort on the most stupid things. Come on Congress let hollywood worry about movies How about everyone in Congress work on making this economy turn around. Start with controlling the fuel prices.

    August 11, 2011 at 6:28 am |
  19. Roger

    Rep King do your your stop looking in some fantasies and theories that are simple are not true worrying about movies is sick do your job serious

    August 11, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  20. ELI B.

    Once again, Congress keeps wasting their taxpayer-funded salaries. Enough with the nonsense and get back to D.C. and deliver a strong JOBS BILL!

    August 11, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  21. Doug Driscoll

    Sure, it'll be a grand distraction from the real issues. While they're at it, Hollywood should do a comedy about the congress' massive dysfunction a la "Home for the Holidays." Doubt there'll be a nice cuddly ending though.

    August 11, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  22. Pat

    I thought the GOP agenda was about jobs and saving money. King continues his wanting to waste my tax dollars with his meaningless "investigations."

    August 11, 2011 at 5:40 am |