Sunday, December 05, 2010

Possibly the Best WaPo Editorial Ever

About the movie "Fair Game":
In fact, "Fair Game," based on books by Mr. Wilson and his wife, is full of distortions - not to mention outright inventions. To start with the most sensational: The movie portrays Ms. Plame as having cultivated a group of Iraqi scientists and arranged for them to leave the country, and it suggests that once her cover was blown, the operation was aborted and the scientists were abandoned. This is simply false. In reality, as The Post's Walter Pincus and Richard Leiby reported, Ms. Plame did not work directly on the program, and it was not shut down because of her identification.

The movie portrays Mr. Wilson as a whistle-blower who debunked a Bush administration claim that Iraq had tried to purchase uranium from the African country of Niger. In fact, an investigation by the Senate intelligence committee found that Mr. Wilson's reporting did not affect the intelligence community's view on the matter, and an official British investigation found that President George W. Bush's statement in a State of the Union address that Britain believed that Iraq had sought uranium in Niger was well-founded.

"Fair Game" also resells the couple's story that Ms. Plame's exposure was the result of a White House conspiracy. A lengthy and wasteful investigation by a special prosecutor found no such conspiracy -- but it did confirm that the prime source of a newspaper column identifying Ms. Plame was a State Department official, not a White House political operative.


Assistant Village Idiot said...

Wait. You mean the facts are correct and the narrative is wrong? This can't be.

Carl said...

I know it's "just a movie." But millions of people believe Oliver Stone, and now this. Drives me nuts.

OBloodyHell said...

> But millions of people believe Oliver Stone, and now this.

Yes, well, millions of people believe Michael Moore, and he's got (hard to believe, I know, but you know it's true) far LESS veracity behind *him*.

This is what happens to peoples' innate religious mechanisms when they turn from God.

Even were there no God, faith in Him supplants putting faith in much of the folderol of the world, and leads to greater, not lesser, reason.

Strange, innit?

OBloodyHell said...

How many movies you think we'll see about the brave efforts of certain peoples to expose overt corruption in ACORN...?

How many movies do you think will involve/depict events chastising the JD for refusing to investigate allegations of election fraud and voter intimidation under the express direction of a certain Man In Power?

How many will expose all the... "convenient" connections between the current admin and the UAW, the NEA, and the AFL-CIO as well as public sector unions.... What? None? Nawwww! Those are "important" stories about the abuse of Presidential power, and we allllll know Hollywood won't tolerate anyone doing anything like that.


OTOH, as you might've guessed, this movie isn't going to do jack at the box office, and they know it, hence the fact that it's been in limited release for the last month:

Weekend Gross
$1,560,189 (USA) (28 November 2010) (396 Screens)
$1,455,819 (USA) (21 November 2010) (386 Screens)
$1,020,654 (USA) (14 November 2010) (175 Screens)
$651,802 (USA) (7 November 2010) (46 Screens)

By contrast, another recently released insignificant picture was released on 2,564 screens.

In short, after several rounds of resounding Leftist Thud releases the distributors Get The Message even if Hollywood, and its financial backers, do not:

"This abortion wasn't going anywhere at the box office."

Which, if I may be allowed to translate:

"America ain't buying".

Assistant Village Idiot said...

OBH, you know the answer. If those movies are made at all, it will be about the brave ACORN members trying to right injustice while being persecuted by evil conservatives.

There will be a backstory of how the persecutors like to kick puppies and are trying to cheat an entire retirement village out of their life savings.

Carl said...

I hope they lost money on the Plame movie, and will lose money if they make AVI's "ACORN" movie.