Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

HBO's 'Recount' Movie: Favors Democrats, Harris as Cruella De Vil
newsbusters.org ^ | May 18, 2008 | Brent Baker

Posted on 05/18/2008 12:53:56 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

An early review is in for HBO's upcoming movie, Recount, about the Bush-Gore battle in Florida after 2000 election. Gillian Flynn in Entertainment Weekly, which like HBO is part of the Time-Warner family, has described the film, to premiere next Sunday night, as tilted against the Republican characters.

In her review in the May 23 edition of the magazine, Flynn asserted: “Recount may not be downright blue, but it's not as purply as it wants to appear.” Saying “Recount is an underdog story, and thus a Democrat story,” Flynn reported that the “Republican players here are coolly calculating -- Tom Wilkinson's James Baker III, the Bush team quarterback -- or they teeter on the edge of madness, like Laura Dern's Katherine Harris.” In fact, in an interview elsewhere, the writer of the movie slammed Harris as “a fraud.” [Screen shot is of Dern as Harris]

Flynn awarded the film an A-, but concluded with caution about its imbalance:

Recount may not be downright blue, but it's not as purply as it wants to appear. Despite its ''equal time'' approach, Recount is an underdog story, and thus a Democrat story. While George W. Bush, like Gore, is only vaguely glimpsed, the remaining Republican players here are coolly calculating -- Tom Wilkinson's James Baker III, the Bush team quarterback -- or they teeter on the edge of madness, like Laura Dern's Katherine Harris. With flaming lipstick and helmet hair, Dern nails the Florida secretary of state's looks, cadence, and carriage to a disturbing degree, and she runs with Harris' Cruella De Vil vibe: At one point, before a press conference, Dern morphs her face from that of a human being into Harris' crazy-cuckoo public mask, and the moment is absolutely chilling. Fair? Debatable, but like Recount, it's a gorgeous bit of political theater.

That portrayal is not so surprising if you read an interview with the writer of the movie, Danny Strong, posted by HBO. Strong declared he “didn't understand why there wasn't a state-wide hand recount of the ballots in an election this close, in which there were uncounted ballots,” called the U.S. Supreme Court's eventual decision a “shame” because it was 5-4 and insisted that “like a lot of people, I felt that Katherine Harris appeared to be somewhat of a fraud at the time.”

Excerpts from Strong's comments:

....I was really frustrated and disgusted with the whole thing because I didn't understand why there wasn't a state-wide hand recount of the ballots in an election this close, in which there were uncounted ballots. It still makes no sense to me, and I know as much about the recount as a person can know. It's very obvious what needs to happen if it's down to 327 votes and there are 175,000 ballots that the machines have registered as non-votes. The laws of Florida say that you do a hand recount. In most states in the union, that's the law. That was the law in Texas; George Bush himself signed that into law. I didn't understand why Al Gore had only requested recounts in four counties. And I didn't understand the Republicans trying to do everything they could to block the recounts....

I had heard that the Florida Supreme Court was going to count the whole state and I thought, "Well finally!" And then I heard that the U.S. Supreme Court had shut it down! And I thought, "Well, maybe there's a reason, and I really hope it's a unanimous decision." And then when the decision was five-four, I remember thinking, "God, what a shame this is." I wasn't particularly suspicious of anyone. Like a lot of people, I felt that Katherine Harris appeared to be somewhat of a fraud at the time. But then I moved on with my life, like the rest of the country....

—Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center


TOPICS: Editorial; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: biglie; floridarecount; goebbels; goebbelslives; goebbelsworksathbo; gore2000; hbo; katherineharris; liberalmedia; moviereview; mrc

1 posted on 05/18/2008 12:55:35 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
no. an hbo film that favors the left.

what's the world coming to.

2 posted on 05/18/2008 12:58:02 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The road to hell is paved with euphemisms.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

I am so sick of media propaganda.


3 posted on 05/18/2008 12:59:33 PM PDT by bmwcyle (I always rely on God and Guns in that order)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

The liberals and Dems. will never get over that election will they?

Why does nobody ever talk about how the Dems. sought to disqualify military absentee ballots in the Florida recount? If you want to do a tit for tat, there’s lots of ammunition to use against the Dems. They aren’t pure as the driven snow when it comes to election mischief. And what can you say about the “butterly ballot” where some people voted for the wrong candidate, and may have cost Al Gore votes? The Florida Democratic party approved that ballot before the election.


4 posted on 05/18/2008 1:00:59 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dilbert San Diego

5 posted on 05/18/2008 1:08:53 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Obama's issues would be better resolved in a psychotherapists office, than in the Oval Office))))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Dilbert San Diego

No surprise here whatsoever. The shocking thing would have been if the film were balanced. But that probably would not have been allowed. The thing that enrages me most is that they will portray this as some kind of balanced look at what happened when in reality the producers know full well this is anti Republican left wing propaganda. But then, to their small, closed minds, anything that is biased and unfair to the right IS perfectly proper.


6 posted on 05/18/2008 1:09:58 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY




7 posted on 05/18/2008 1:16:33 PM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

Had the supreme court not stopped the re re re re re re recount, Bush still would have won according to the Washington Post, NY Times, LA Times, and AP.


8 posted on 05/18/2008 1:16:46 PM PDT by icwhatudo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
Duh! What an a$$. We all know why algore only wanted recounts in 4 highly democrat counties. Let's just say that 10% of the disqualified ballots were found to be valid in those counties, it would give a higher percentage of votes to algore than to Pres. Bush. If a statewide recount had taken place in all counties in FL, with most counties voting majority Republican, more votes would likely have been found for the President. Same with the military votes, greater percentage for the President.

Sad thing is that most lefties get their world view from movies such as this, the msm and the moonbat blogs.

9 posted on 05/18/2008 1:17:51 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
With flaming lipstick and helmet hair, Dern nails the Florida secretary of state's looks, cadence, and carriage to a disturbing degree...

Oh absolutely! Laura Dern's portrayal

is just like the real thing:


10 posted on 05/18/2008 1:18:44 PM PDT by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

Sore/Loserman... “Get Out of Cheney’s House!” hanging chads... pregnant chads... those 5-6 weeks were wild... i don’t think i slept a wink... i was continually connected to FR during that time...


11 posted on 05/18/2008 1:21:52 PM PDT by latina4dubya
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Dilbert San Diego
The Florida Democratic party approved that ballot before the election.

Then to top it off, they pushed for and got the electronic voting machines. Saying we should vault
into the 2000's with new technology, and then in 2006 they scream that the electronic machines are rigged.

The party of denial, victimology and an assortment of other not so complimentary maladies.

12 posted on 05/18/2008 1:22:51 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude () ......Pelosi + Reed = $ 4.00 per gallon......()
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

Well Brent you moron, Gore wanted to selectively count votes in counties that were overwhelmingly in his favor to get more votes. He wasn’t interested in recounting votes in counties that leaned the other way. In addition he wanted different rules used for the “under vote” in those same counties that leaned towards him and to continue to use the original rules in the counties that were the other way. In other words, he wanted to cheat. The supreme court put and end to it because it is unconstitutional to purposely count some of the state’s votes differently (apply the law differently) than other parts of the same state - all to slant the outcome.


13 posted on 05/18/2008 1:26:55 PM PDT by DB
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

My first reaction was that this was a BHO movie, not an HBO movie. HBO=Hussein Barack Obama


14 posted on 05/18/2008 1:37:59 PM PDT by LongTimeMILurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: the invisib1e hand
....tilted against the Republican characters...

Shocked! Shocked I tells ya'!!!!!!

15 posted on 05/18/2008 1:44:56 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

They did a recount after everything (courtesy of the press)

Bush won


16 posted on 05/18/2008 1:53:59 PM PDT by woofie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ThreePuttinDude
The Florida Democratic party approved that ballot before the election. Then to top it off, they pushed for and got the electronic voting machines. Saying we should vault into the 2000's with new technology, and then in 2006 they scream that the electronic machines are rigged. The party of denial, victimology and an assortment of other not so complimentary maladies.

And this year they penalized Florida and Michigan because of the timing of their primaries thus "disenfranchising" (I hate that word) their own constituents. Then tried floating different scenarios on how to seat the delegates, and then there's the whole concept of "super delegates"..and they think they would do a better job of running the country..laughable.

17 posted on 05/18/2008 1:56:32 PM PDT by Post5203 (The only "hope" for "change" in Washington is term limits for congress.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: the invisib1e hand

Gee! I am astonished too.


18 posted on 05/18/2008 1:56:33 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

You should read the Laura Dern statements in TV Guide. This woman is not only waaaaay too homely to play Katherine Harris, she is also a complete idiot. I was disappointed in TV Guide for their obvious lean to the left in many of their reviews. I guess anyone with ANY kind of journalism degree lacks the ability to be unbiased. Too bad brains aren’t necessary to be successful in Hollywood or journalism - we might actually see some balance.


19 posted on 05/18/2008 1:57:39 PM PDT by onevoter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

HBO is rewriting history to suit their political views.

Ten years from now, you won’t recognize these years in the way they are portrayed.

Yours truly,
The Woim


20 posted on 05/18/2008 2:09:02 PM PDT by The Woim (Respect private property. Abolish 40% of the govt and encourage tax consumers to stop.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY; Clintonfatigued; darkangel82; Clemenza; Impy; Darren McCarty
The real enemy ought to be the then-all-rodent FLORIDA Supreme Court that did their damndest to circumvent all established laws to award Gore the state. No doubt there will be little to no mention of those embarrassments. For all my problems with Katherine Harris, she unquestionably DID HER JOB.
21 posted on 05/18/2008 2:14:19 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: onevoter

Dern’s great-grandfather was an FDR Cabinet Secretary, Utahn George Dern.


22 posted on 05/18/2008 2:15:25 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
The democrats (and their willing accomplices in the media) were the true crooks in the election of 2000. They:

1. Called the closest election in history way too early for Gore, even before all of the state's polls had closed.
2. Whined about the butterfly ballot even though it was Democrats who had designed, approved, used and counted them.
3. Disenfranchised military overseas ballots, even though the servicemen overseas had totally acted in good faith.
4. Somehow, mysteriously discovered large blocks of Gore votes in at least two precincts in the ensuing recounts.
5. Started hand recounts in heavily Democrat districts, with the idea that they would quit when then had enough to win.
6. Arbitrarily changed the standards of what was a vote when they found that they weren't picking up enough.
7. Attempting to conduct the recounts in secret, while all through the recount process, chads were littering the floor.
8. They tried to disqualify legitimate absentee ballots for one county (Volusia?) on a technicality. Again the voters were acting in good faith.

The Democrats demonized Katherine Harris. Why? The vote took place, Bush won. The mandated recount took place. Bush won. Katherine Harris did what she was legally obligated to do by certifying the election. If she hadn't, the Democrats would have went to court to invalidate the election on that basis.

The Florida Supreme court twice overstepped their bounds. The U.S. Supreme court made the only logical decision that they could make. Mr Gore DID have a right to a full state recount. But only if there had been hearings in advance to determine what the standards of counting would be. There was a date certain specified by the Florida legislature when the state's electoral votes had to finalized. If I recall, that date was 45 minutes after the decision came down.

I'm sure that HBO will cover all this.

23 posted on 05/18/2008 2:27:14 PM PDT by fhayek
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj; ExTexasRedhead; JulieRNR21; Impy; Darren McCarty; Joe Brower

The media bias is evident once again. It’s absurd to blame Katherine Harris for simply obeying written law. Did it occur to HBO to point out how Gore & Co. cherry-picked for votes in only four counties? What BS!


24 posted on 05/18/2008 2:28:37 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Karl Marx supported free trade. Does that make him a free market conservative?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Dahoser

For some reason, I never get tired of that picture of her on the horse.


25 posted on 05/18/2008 2:57:52 PM PDT by fr_freak (So foul a sky clears not without a storm.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: onevoter

Well, HBO got dumped after John Adams in my house. When I saw the ads for Recount, that sounded the alarm that it was time to dump it.
As for TV Guide, I stopped buying that when Degenres was on the cover every week and then they up the price of the darn thing. Why spend the cash when the local paper has a YV section in it anyways?


26 posted on 05/18/2008 3:00:15 PM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Write in my cat Sarah for Prez....she is smarter than everyone running now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
I hope the left marinates in this for the rest of their lives.
27 posted on 05/18/2008 3:02:51 PM PDT by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

To the idiots who researched the movie:

The actual Supreme Court ruling to shut down the recount was 7-2, not 5-4. The myth of the 5-4 is that 2 of the 7 thought there might be time to recount the entire state.

The actual vote WAS 7-2!!


28 posted on 05/18/2008 3:23:45 PM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fhayek; kingattax

What the Demagogues tried to pull off in South Florida in 2000 was appalling, and they might have gotten away with it. Some tough, law-abiding Republicans stood up and stopped the Albore vote fraud proceedings, and ultimately were upheld by the SCOTUS because what the Gorebots tried to do was blatantly selective, one-sided, in violation of Florida election law and the US Constitution.


29 posted on 05/18/2008 3:55:15 PM PDT by Enchante (Barack Chamberlain: My 1930s Appeasement Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Socialist Policies!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: fr_freak
For some reason, I never get tired of that picture of her on the horse.

Well, I can think of TWO reasons. ;^)

30 posted on 05/18/2008 4:18:50 PM PDT by fhayek
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: fhayek

Thanks for the comprehensive list. Good work.


31 posted on 05/18/2008 4:41:44 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Obama's issues would be better resolved in a psychotherapists office, than in the Oval Office))))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

Does anyone really care?


32 posted on 05/18/2008 4:47:32 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

Internet Movie Database discussion board about “Recount”.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1000771/board/threads/


33 posted on 05/18/2008 9:10:15 PM PDT by tlb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: onevoter
I guess anyone with ANY kind of journalism degree lacks the ability to be unbiased. Too bad brains aren’t necessary to be successful in Hollywood or journalism - we might actually see some balance.

Difficult enough to get through the average journalism school if you have right-wing sympathies. But then you work at a newspaper/magazine/whatever with left-wing editors reviewing and changing your writing to make it PC, and then making decisions about your pay raises and job future. Don't expect them not to winnow out those without the proper biases.
34 posted on 05/18/2008 9:48:08 PM PDT by Cheburashka (Liberalism: a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

I’ll only watch this is an alien bursts out of Warren Christopher’s chest.


35 posted on 05/19/2008 2:50:59 AM PDT by Impy (Obama, you are stupid and I don't like you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: DB

Those weren’t Brent’s words, but Danny Strong’s (the writer of the movie).


36 posted on 05/19/2008 3:02:59 AM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Dilbert San Diego

Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about how the Green Party candidate drew so many votes away from the “green savior”, Algore, to throw the election to Bush?


37 posted on 05/19/2008 3:14:01 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: fhayek

9. A local Democrat operative was caught with a voting machine in the trunk of his car.

You can be sure HBO won’t miss this one, either.


38 posted on 05/19/2008 3:19:04 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: savedbygrace
Thank you for the correction.

To Brent Baker, I apologize.

To Danny Strong, you are the moron.

39 posted on 05/19/2008 3:29:52 AM PDT by DB
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
"I didn't understand why Al Gore had only requested recounts in four counties."

Oh brother.

Could anyone really be that stupid?

40 posted on 05/24/2008 8:31:18 AM PDT by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All
The bitterness of these people flows through them, like “The Force”. Usually when commies try to rewrite history, they eliminate everyone involved that could remember the truth. Now, they just don't care because they control the schools. This will be used, like Algore’s PowerPoint presentation to indoctrinate children about the President.
They just can't get over losing.
41 posted on 05/25/2008 5:01:14 AM PDT by newnhdad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: fr_freak
At the end of the movie they show Dern as Harris riding on the horse: Image and video hosting by TinyPic
42 posted on 05/28/2008 2:13:17 PM PDT by MiriamTX
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

Comment #43 Removed by Moderator

Comment #44 Removed by Moderator

Comment #45 Removed by Moderator

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson