WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The White House left open the possibility on Thursday that its top political strategist might encourage Hollywood studio executives to tailor their story lines to help the United States in its war on terrorism.
Karl Rove, the Texan political strategist widely viewed as the architect of Bush's presidential victory, plans to meet about 40 film and television studio chiefs in Beverly Hills on Sunday to reach out to the entertainment industry.
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer told reporters that Rove would brief executives from DreamWorks, cable TV channel HBO, Showtime, and other companies about the themes the government itself is emphasizing, including tolerance, courage, and patriotism.
"Participants are likely going to discuss any future actions that could be undertaken by the entertainment industry," he added.
While saying it was up to Hollywood to decide the content of its movies and TV programs, when asked repeatedly Fleischer declined to rule out the possibility that the White House might seek to influence story lines. http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/11/08/rec.attack.bush.hollywood.reut/index.html