Skip to comments.Hollywood myth-making on Valerie Plame controversy
Posted on 12/04/2010 2:33:51 PM PST by FTJM
WE'RE NOT in the habit of writing movie reviews. But the recently released film "Fair Game" - which covers a poisonous Washington controversy during the war in Iraq - deserves some editorial page comment, if only because of what its promoters are saying about it. The protagonists portrayed in the movie, former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson IV and former spy Valerie Plame, claim that it tells the true story of their battle with the Bush administration over Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and Ms. Plame's exposure as a CIA agent. "It's accurate," Ms. Plame told The Post. Said Mr. Wilson: "For people who have short memories or don't read, this is the only way they will remember that period."
We certainly hope that is not the case. 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.
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OMGOMGOMGOMG my faith in Alec Baldwin has been destroyed! s/
Then again, this editorial pretends that this particular movie is somewhat unique in its fanciful (and fraudulent) depiction of Republicans and Conservatives vs. the "protagonist" liberal foils. Maybe it's the same old editorial board after all.
Not that I would give a dime to see this whinefest
but who did they get to play Richard Armitage?
I guess the media does not see the advantage of continuing to peddle this lie of a controversy.
I won’t believe it until Jesse Ventura has it on his program.
Fiction is fiction. The motion picture industry has always been very good at lying about the past.
Every now and then the WaPo goes nuts and writes something sensible. It’s what makes it the least bad of the big newspapers.
The film bombed right?
I’m sure the movie also covered that she’s lost every court case related to this. /s
This one lost money Big Time!
Well, at least The Post still has a remnant of honesty. Hard to believe...but I commend them.
$6M in revenue against $22M in production cost (and not even counting distribution and marketing costs), it's a bomb.
But, for every POS Avatar Hollywood sells to the kids, it gets to make a dozen Fair Game-crapfests.
Remember that the next time your kids hit you up for a $20 to go to the show.
Cost 22 million to make and has grossed $6,336,084 as of Dec 2. May make that back as HBO or the networks are sure to buy it as they love liberal junk.
It’s another Charlie Wilson’s War.
Only the buffoons in Hollywood would think they could make a useless, meaningless, worthless film about two total losers and make money. The film is garbage and has had no viewship to speak of at all!!! The liberal low life of Hollywood go down in flames once again!!! They must like losing money. Oh, shucks, I forgot, that’s the Obama “way”!!!
LOL! Excellent choice.
Gawd I hate Hollywood.
Yes. Penns movie about poor, innocent Valerie Plame and the evil Bush administration, is a dog. A flop. A bomb. A stinkeroo. A total box office failure.
The movie, which stars serial liberal wacko Penn and Naomi Watts, has rung up a paltry $4,393,000 in American ticket sales in 21 days of release. Its worldwide take is just $9,349,628.
Considering that it cost $21 million to make, the investors are taking a well-deserved bath.
“Hollywood has a habit of making movies about historical events without regard for the truth; “Fair Game” is just one more example.”
In view of this statement maybe you will want to revisit your comments.
That’s no ordinary actor.
And then the “geniuses” aka useful idiots wonder why a Big Hollywood company like MGM is on the auction block.
Hint to Hollywood: We’re not as gullible as you think we are, and in fact most of us are a lot smarter than you!
A miracle during the season of Christ.
No, I'll keep my statement. Do you see anything in that Op-Ed that addresses the unfailing Hollywood bias against Republicans and Conservatives?
Given what they've written, they could just as easily be talking about "Titanic", or "JFK", two movies that take great liberties with historical events.
This movie isn't taking liberties with historical events, it's part and parcel a leftwing propaganda piece - and it's but one of dozens of movies just like it that has come out of Hollywood, especially the last 8 or years.
Sounds a lot like an Oliver Stone “documentary”.
Charlie Wilson’s comment when asked about the movie was that it was pretty accurate, but it was a shame they left out Reagan’s role, because without Reagan’s help and blessing it never would have happened.
Those kind of people think in fantasy and speak it as real.
Ms. Plame was not a Female James Bond or Modesty Blaise. Her “Field” work consisted of going to parties, cultivating low level sources and reporting back to HQ. Much like the Diplomatic Cables released. Mostly just Gossip to report.
I also think that “Battlefield Earth” with John Travolta made more money ...(you can buy it for sixteen cents on Amazon)
Garbage is right.
Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong here.
Seems like I read at the time that Valerie was not even classified as “covert” when she was outed. That they had tried her as covert and she bombed, just like her movie.
Do I have this even close to correct?
Hollywood doesn't care if it makes money on these propaganda films. They just want to get them made so that future generations will see them and think they are historical. They'll probably be shown in school. Web searches will bring up the lies that filled the news media for years. This one retraction will be hit number 5,000 and no one will ever see it.
The film bombed here in the US, because at least a portion of the public KNOWS that this film is nothing by self promoting, anti-American lies.
The PROBLEM is that this movie will have WORLD WIDE circulation and gain BIG BUCKS overseas and continue to feed the “America is evil” mentality that prevails.
The French will buy DVD’s of it by the millions.
It’s very hard to believe.
God Bless Robert Novak. May he rest in peace.
To their credit, the WaPo ran an editorial on the front page after the Intelligence Committee report. They described Joe Wilson as a "liar" and apologized to their readers for having given him a forum and credibility.
Nobody. His name isn't even mentioned in the movie.
Can't attest to the "tried her as covert and she bombed".
But she was definitely not "covert". Nobody who has been assigned to duty in the USA for the previous five years can be officially considered "covert". And Plame had been back in the US of A for over six years.
At least Charlie Wilson’s War was entertaining.
I read the other day that Armitage is not even mentioned in the movie - all the blame is laid on Libby........that right there tells you how accurate this POS movie is....I predict Penn wins an Oscar for this flop......