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Conservatives attack Hollywood for lax morals and liberal politics. But Christopher Tookey, who sees 300 films a year, thinks that they protest too much

On both sides of the Atlantic, Hollywood is suddenly the right’s favourite bogeyman. According to the Republican front-runners in the presidential race, it is seething with liberals. Pat Buchanan and his Christian Coalition have pledged themselves to chase those “purveyors of sex and violence back beneath the rocks from whence they came.” Bob Dole promises that “if I’m the president of the United States, I’m going to urge consumers to turn off their television sets and not patronise these movies.”

A lot of influential figures in Hollywood are Democrats. Why else would we get The American President, Rob Reiner’s sympathetic…

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