Former WH Official on 'First Man' Flag Controversy: Hollywood Liberals Always Tempted to 'Revise' or 'Bend' History
'They have to understand that there is pride in America.'
A former White House and Pentagon official called out the makers of an upcoming biographical film about Neil Armstrong for omitting the moment Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the moon.
"First Man," which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last week and is scheduled to hit theaters in October, chronicles Armstrong's life from 1961 to the Moon landing in 1969.
Hollywood star Ryan Gosling, who portrays Armstrong in the movie, told The Telegraph the flag was omitted from the moon landing because the achievement of humans walking on the moon "transcended countries and borders."
"I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that's how we chose to view it," Gosling said.
"I don't think that Neil viewed himself as an American hero. From my interviews with his family and people that knew him, it was quite the opposite. And we wanted the film to reflect Neil."
Douglas MacKinnon, who served in the White House as a writer for former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and afterwards in a joint command at the Pentagon, says the film fails to accurately portray Armstrong's patriotism.
"Hollywood is dominated now, unfortunately, by liberals. And because of that power, they always have the temptation to revise history or to in fact bend history to reflect their current political views," MacKinnon said on "Fox & Friends" on Monday.
He said he had the honor of meeting Armstrong at the White House in the late 1980s, and Armstrong expressed that he was "incredibly proud" to plant the American flag on the surface of the moon.
"This is not a Republican story, it's not a Democrat story, but it is in fact an American story," MacKinnon said. "And Hollywood has to understand that. And they have to understand that there is pride in America, and it's something that Americans ultimately do care about."
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