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Jon Voight Makes Waves at Republican National Convention

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood August 29, 2012 at 1:22PM

Actor Jon Voight is in Tampa this week at the Republican National Convention, and the Oscar-winner ("Coming Home)--who's never been afraid to speak his mind politically, penning a 2008 opinion piece against then-candidate Barack Obama and appearing in a video at the 2008 Republican convention--seems set to share his thoughts about the state of the country with anybody who'll listen.  The CliffsNotes version: Obama's a Marxist, and the media is hopelessly biased towards the incumbent in this year's election.
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Jon Voight spoke on Monday at a breakfast for the Virginia delegation to the Republican National Convention.
Ross Taylor, The Virginian-Pilot Jon Voight spoke on Monday at a breakfast for the Virginia delegation to the Republican National Convention.

Actor Jon Voight is in Tampa this week at the Republican National Convention, and the Oscar-winner ("Coming Home)--who's never been afraid to speak his mind politically, penning a 2008 opinion piece against then-candidate Barack Obama and appearing in a video at the 2008 Republican convention--seems set to share his thoughts about the state of the country with anybody who'll listen.  The CliffsNotes version: Obama's a Marxist, and the media is hopelessly biased towards the incumbent in this year's election.

Here's a look at the coverage that Voight's RNC appearance garnered with the media (who were quick to point out that Voigt is the father of activist humanitarian Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie).

The Washington Post:

The title of Hollywood’s Senior Republican — long held by the late Charlton Heston — has officially passed to Jon Voight.

Sure, Clint Eastwood bestowed his endorsement on Romney this month, but it was Voight who came to Tampa. The 73-year-old Oscar winner — tan and casual in a blue shirt and navy windbreaker — walked the halls of the convention center Monday, trailed by a gaggle of fans snapping photos. His role here? Happily sharing his views on the coming election to anyone who asks.

The Wrap's Hollywood D.C.:

Representing a relatively small faction of openly right-leaning celebrities in Hollywood, the actor was the featured speaker at a breakfast meeting of Virginia delegation members in Clearwater on Monday as his “first job” at the GOP summit.

Voight put a good word in for conservative pundit-turned-documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America,” which stormed the box office last weekend as storm clouds approached, and ultimately swept past, the Tampa convention.

“Go to it,” Voight said of the film. “How can people vote for Obama after four years of failed policies? You know, it’s because of propaganda – they’re very good at propaganda … That’s what we’re battling here today.”

He also took the opportunity to offer his studied critique of the U.S. mainstream media, claiming “this media has been overtaken by this administration in no less a way that Cesar [sic -- that would be Hugo] Chavez has taken over the media in Venezuela. It’s as strong as that.”

The Huffington Post:

Voight's outrage against the mainstream media also extended to its coverage of the Republican National Convention, which the major networks will show for one hour per night between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

"I am absolutely appalled," Voight lamented. "I never thought I'd see the day when the main media would refuse to run the Republican convention. Can you imagine this? What will they edit out? What story will they tell? It’s propaganda, pure and simple. And everyone -- every citizen should be up in arms."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.