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Maureen Dowd: The Oscar for Best Fabrication
New York Times ^ | 16 Feb 2013 | Maureen Dowd

Posted on 02/17/2013 8:57:24 PM PST by seanmerc

I SAW “Argo” with Jerry Rafshoon, who was a top aide to President Carter during the Iranian hostage crisis, when six Americans escaped and were given sanctuary for three months by courageous Canadian diplomats.

We were watching a scene where a C.I.A. guy can’t get through to Hamilton Jordan, Carter’s chief of staff, to sign off on plane tickets for the escaping hostages, so he pretends to be calling from the school where Jordan’s kids go.

“Hamilton wasn’t married then and didn’t have any kids,” Jerry whispered, inflaming my pet peeve about filmmakers who make up facts in stories about real people to add “drama,” rather than just writing the real facts better. It makes viewers think that realism is just another style in art, so that no movie, no matter how realistic it looks, is believable.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: argo; czj; mandatorybarfalert; maureendowd; mba; modo; modowd; zerodarkthirty
Rules, please!
1 posted on 02/17/2013 8:57:28 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

2 posted on 02/17/2013 9:02:50 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: seanmerc

oh Maureen—get over yourself... everyone else has... Argo is a good movie... on the edge of my seat the entire time... i know enough to know that artists/writers take liberties...


3 posted on 02/17/2013 9:03:17 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: seanmerc
did you say rules?


4 posted on 02/17/2013 9:03:27 PM PST by CJ Wolf
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To: seanmerc

I actually think it’s a good article. I saw ZDT, and thought it was good. Won’t watch Lincoln though.


5 posted on 02/17/2013 9:06:35 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: seanmerc

6 posted on 02/17/2013 9:11:51 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: seanmerc

The Oscar for Best Fabrication still goes to the current (mis-)Administration.


7 posted on 02/17/2013 9:15:37 PM PST by ShorelineMike (Constituo, ergo sum.)
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About 5 paragraphs in, we get to the real reason she's writing this tripe:

“Zero Dark Thirty,” “based on firsthand accounts of actual events,” has been faulted for leaving the impression that torture was instrumental in the capture of Osama. It celebrates Jessica Chastain’s loner character, “Maya,” when it could have more accurately and theatrically highlighted “The Sisterhood,” a team of female C.I.A. analysts who were part of the long effort.

They've got to do everything they can to discredit Zero's Dark Thirty.

8 posted on 02/17/2013 9:18:02 PM PST by IncPen (Read the Constitution.)
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To: Hoodat

You know what? I’m tired of this inside joke. Even though the article in the NYT is by dingbat Mo Dowd it has a decent point. And that is what our comments should be about.


9 posted on 02/17/2013 9:20:37 PM PST by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: Sicvee
I kinda like it.
10 posted on 02/17/2013 9:24:42 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Sicvee

The article would actually be meaningful if Dowd applied it to the revisionist history that the left has been pushing on us for the last 50 years. Maybe Dowd could come clean and tell the world via her column that it was actually Democrats who fought against Civil Rights while it was Republicans who defended them. The fact that Dowd limits her indignation for select Hollywood movies shows that she is not to be taken seriously, no matter how valid her select point is in this case. When she writes a column about how Obama’s so-called ‘stimulus’ bill actually caused more harm than good, maybe then we can discuss the merits of her points rather than fall for her selective BS.


11 posted on 02/17/2013 9:31:30 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: IncPen
“Zero Dark Thirty,” “based on firsthand accounts of actual events,” has been faulted for leaving the impression that torture was instrumental in the capture of Osama.

But it was. Just listen to the intel operators and analysts who were involved. But the left once again, has to lie.

12 posted on 02/17/2013 9:35:34 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: IncPen
“Zero Dark Thirty,” “based on firsthand accounts of actual events,” has been faulted for leaving the impression that torture was instrumental in the capture of Osama.

But it was. Just listen to the intel operators and analysts who were involved. But the left once again, has to lie.

13 posted on 02/17/2013 9:35:59 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: seanmerc

Open letter to:

Mo,

Nice try, but this film is not revisionist history.

“Argo” is based on a true story as it so states. We know that the chase scene might not be true and whether someone was married or not could be a fabrication. We know that Jimmy Carter, the Inept, did not play into the rescue and that, under his watch, 444 days of captivity were suffered by all involved, even us, who had much more regard for embassy staffs in those days (even Carter did, doesn’t now) than they do now under the tuteledge of people like you, in the media, RINOs the GOPe and BO.

“Argo” is a story of decent people behaving in orderly fashion and succeeding with dignity under circumstances so dire that heroism was the only acceptable orderly fashion.

Ben Affleck starts the film by placing blame on the American govt past. He ignores Reagan completely and exalts Jimmy Carter as much as possible and that is all acceptable though annoying, as I can have a disagreement with Mr. Affleck and still admire and enthusiastically admire him for putting this story down for the record and doing it with such decency that audiences love it.

I saw it last night. It’s been out for six weeks. The theater was standing room only. What other films command that attention?

It was a liberal crowd in an artsy theater. BO’s portrait is in the lobby - don’t know why, he’s not campaigning.

The crowd was silent. Laughing only slightly at the amusing parts.

It’s the decency that gets you, Mo. It shows.

Try being honest. Try going after Dan Brown and his revisionist history. It’s more egregious than a jeep on the tarmac in the wrong place and it doesn’t even place itself in the fiction category, save the small print on the publisher’s page.

You’d have more credibility, at least SOME.


14 posted on 02/17/2013 9:39:46 PM PST by stanne
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To: Sicvee
It works for me.

Now what did MOdo have to say again?

15 posted on 02/17/2013 9:41:55 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?)
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To: GunRunner

Won’t see ZDT seems vengeful. Hated “Lincoln”. “Argo” is a great film in my opinion.


16 posted on 02/17/2013 9:42:29 PM PST by stanne
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To: Sicvee

Yeah, like the 220 pp. SI swimsuit edition—great articles! All four of ‘em ...


17 posted on 02/17/2013 9:49:21 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: ShorelineMike

An Inconvenient Truth was in line for that Oscar first. Al Gore was cheated AGAIN.


18 posted on 02/17/2013 9:55:02 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: seanmerc
my fave
19 posted on 02/17/2013 10:00:19 PM PST by kanawa
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To: CJ Wolf

This woman could be entirely responsible for launching WW3, completely ending life as we know and still be found “NOT GUILTY!!!!


20 posted on 02/17/2013 10:06:35 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Hoodat

Hear, hear, bravo! I completely agree.


21 posted on 02/17/2013 10:09:33 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: CJ Wolf

Thursday...it’s supposed to snow on Thursday...I think...What were we talking about?


22 posted on 02/18/2013 2:46:00 AM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: GunRunner
Won’t watch Lincoln though.

It's not too bad, though it's badly flawed in some respects. The marble is still thickly encrusted, and the filmmakers had no inclination to indulge in flinty-eyed review of such topics as, "was a civil war really necessary? -- nobody else had one!" and "what was the real objective of the Civil War?"

The film's POV is that of a Lincoln-circle insider of the first or second ring -- say, Ward Lamon or Allan Pinkerton or Gideon Welles. But not the first ring. They would know the real reason Lincoln came to office determined to fight a war with the South and destroy it.

23 posted on 02/18/2013 2:52:12 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Sicvee

It’s not an inside joke exactly. The story is that MoDo compulsively searches media for any mention of her name. When she pulls up this thread she’ll get pictures of KZ-J who got between Michael Douglas and MoDo. It’s sort of a thumb in the eye for this leftist hag.


24 posted on 02/18/2013 3:02:29 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: IncPen
They've got to do everything they can to discredit Zero's Dark Thirty.

That's why I refuse to watch America's Sodom congratulate itself.

25 posted on 02/18/2013 3:12:18 AM PST by Rapscallion (The people sense what Obama has in store for America.)
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To: muir_redwoods
Thanks for the explanation. That is really funny. Not a fan of the media or Hollywood, I actually thought MoDo was beautiful.

no need to publish actual MoDo pics.

26 posted on 02/18/2013 3:19:58 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Spare us your rich fantasy life.


27 posted on 02/18/2013 3:30:11 AM PST by wideawake
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To: GunRunner

Argo was incredible. Lincoln was ok. Zero Dark Thirty was good. Django was surprisingly funny. I recommend all 4 but Lincoln is least enjoyable. Although like others have mentioned, Daniel Day Lewis was great and the costumes were pretty good.


28 posted on 02/18/2013 3:40:22 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: lentulusgracchus; napscoordinator
My problem with Lincoln is Tony Kushner. Munich was his last screenplay for Spielberg, and it was one of the most offensive things I've ever seen.

Reading his deranged Obama cheerleading last week solidified that impression. I made the comment before Lincoln came out that if one were interested in the history of Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter might be the more accurate historical choice.

29 posted on 02/18/2013 7:01:06 AM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: Sicvee

You are entitled to your opinion, though I believe it to be the minority opinion in this case.


30 posted on 02/18/2013 9:57:08 AM PST by seanmerc
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To: stanne; wideawake

What part did Reagan play in the release of the Iranian hostages? My understanding was that he campaigned on a platform of even-handedness in the region and that the reason the hostages were released on the day they were was because the Iranian Muslims despised Jimmy Carter for harboring the Shah and wanted to stick it to him.


31 posted on 02/22/2013 8:06:36 AM PST by Borges
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