The documentary Bully has been released today in New York and Los Angeles in defiance of the MPAA's R-rating because of the "F-word." Is it time to take childhood bullying seriously? Is it time for Hollywood to update the rating system? Also, France arrests 17 in Islamic militant raids, and the terrorist hunter who's "indispensible" to the CIA.
Banner image: Still image fromthe documentary Bully
The CIA's campaign against al-Qaeda and the tracking down of Osama bin Laden have been led by a man who's a "collection of contradictions." A chain-smoker who spends hours on a treadmill, he's an enemy of Islamic militants – and a convert to Islam. "Roger" is the first name of the cover identity of the agent who leads the CIA's Counterterrorism Center. He's the architect of "the company's" drone campaign and the "driving force of the Obama administration's embrace of targeted killing," according to Greg Miller, national security correspondent for the Washington Post.
French police have rounded up 17 suspected Islamic militants in cities across the country. Two have already been let go. What's the connection to Mohammed Merah, who was killed last week after admittedly killing seven people, including a rabbi and three Jewish children? Steven Erlanger is Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times.
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is releasing the documentary Bully without a rating after Hollywood's Motion Picture Association of America said it would get an "R" rating because the "F---word" is used repeatedly. Weinstein says that would prevent the target audience, teen-age kids, from seeing it and learning important lessons. Bullying is now recognized as the source of long-term emotional damage, aggravated by adults who don't get it. Can a documentary make a difference? Is Weinstein seeking publicity? Should the MPAA update its criteria in the age of the Internet and cable TV?
Note: Both Harvey Weinstein and the MPAA have declined our invitation to participate in our discussion.