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Anti-war casualties?

National | Stars with leftish views are again dredging up the term blacklist to give their activism a touch of martyrdom.

Issue: "Weapons of mass hysteria," March 15, 2003

Stars with leftish views are again dredging up the term blacklist to give their activism a touch of martyrdom. Martin Sheen says NBC isn't comfortable with his anti-war activities. Sean Penn charges that he lost a big movie deal because of his politics.

And last week the Screen Actors Guild rushed to defend the massive anti-war majority in Hollywood and denounce the b-word. "Even a hint of the blacklist must never again be tolerated in this nation," SAG officials said in a statement.

With what is disclosed thus far, SAG can count on one finger the number of actors who claim they lost work over their anti-war beliefs. In a lawsuit last month, Mr. Penn accused producer Steven Bing of reneging on a $10 million movie deal after Mr. Penn publicly opposed war with Iraq. (Mr. Bing countersued, saying that Mr. Penn nixed the project.)

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Martin Sheen still has his job on NBC's The West Wing, and on Feb. 26 the virtual president led a "Virtual March on Washington," which was essentially a spam campaign bombing the Capitol with e-mail.

So far the strongest volley against the Hollywood anti-war clique came from former Sen. Fred Thompson, who just resumed his acting career as Law & Order's new DA. He taped a pro-war TV ad. "Thank goodness we have a president with the courage to protect our country," he said.

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