Joseph Gordon-Levitt is having a busy summer. His newest film, 'The Dark Knight Rises,' is one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, while he's promoting his upcoming film, the bike-messenger-centric Premium Rush. He's still got time, though, to dish out a little bit of disdain for the newsmedia.
In an interview with Playboy, Gordon-Levitt called major news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC "bullshit entertainment shows."
"Every time I sit down and watch television news, I think, 'This is show business,'" he said. "That’s what I do. I say, go on the internet and find news from all over the world through the BBC, the Pacifica stations, newspapers, people’s blogs and tweets. It’s so funny when people say Fox is bad. Sure Fox is bad, but I don’t think CNN and MSNBC are really any better."
Gordon-Levitt isn't just chanelling Jon Stewart, either. A lot of his opinions are based on what he witnessed in the Occupy Wall Street movement, as well as subsequent media coverage. "What I’ve seen on TV focuses on the superficial stuff," he said. "It’s a pretty simple notion: People who have lots of money—people in corporations who have tons of money—are malevolently manipulating the system to keep their money. And the rest of the world suffers for it. You could show a trillion examples of how Goldman Sachs, McDonald’s, Walmart and Monsanto are clearly fucking over everybody, but CNN, Fox and MSNBC are owned by Fortune 500 companies, so they never show any of it."
"[During the Occupy Wall Street movement] I had a lot of long conversations with all sorts of people -- kids, older people, some cops -- I talked to some people who look really rebellious, I talked to some people who were wearing a suit," he shared. "I talked to all sorts of people and everyone's just feeling really positive and optimistic. They look around and they see people who are on the same page, and they're not going to just sit around and say, 'Oh, there's nothing I can do,' and it's reassuring, it's exciting."
What do you think? Do you agree with Gordon-Levitt's assessment of the major news media?
Premium Rush, which also stars Boardwalk Empire's Michael Shannon, premieres August 24.