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Hollywood myth-making on Valerie Plame controversy
Washington Post ^ | 11/3/10 | Editorial

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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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fairgame; iraqiscientists; libmyths; nigerflap; plame; plamenamegame; scientists; valerieplame; wilson

1 posted on 12/04/2010 2:33:53 PM PST by FTJM
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To: FTJM

OMGOMGOMGOMG my faith in Alec Baldwin has been destroyed! s/


3 posted on 12/04/2010 2:38:18 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: FTJM
OK, when did the space aliens replace the WaPoo editorial board members, and what do you think they did with their bodies?

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.

4 posted on 12/04/2010 2:38:50 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: FTJM

Not that I would give a dime to see this whinefest
but who did they get to play Richard Armitage?

5 posted on 12/04/2010 2:39:19 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: FTJM

I guess the media does not see the advantage of continuing to peddle this lie of a controversy.


6 posted on 12/04/2010 2:39:47 PM PST by Always Right
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To: FTJM

I won’t believe it until Jesse Ventura has it on his program.


7 posted on 12/04/2010 2:40:45 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: FTJM
Wilson and Plame are dickhead liars they have been rewarded for being treasonous Rats.
8 posted on 12/04/2010 2:40:53 PM PST by boomop1
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To: FTJM

Fiction is fiction. The motion picture industry has always been very good at lying about the past.


9 posted on 12/04/2010 2:41:19 PM PST by popdonnelly (Class warfare is Obama's thing.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Every now and then the WaPo goes nuts and writes something sensible. It’s what makes it the least bad of the big newspapers.


10 posted on 12/04/2010 2:43:14 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: popdonnelly

The film bombed right?


11 posted on 12/04/2010 2:44:21 PM PST by GeronL
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To: Liberty Valance

I’m sure the movie also covered that she’s lost every court case related to this. /s


12 posted on 12/04/2010 2:46:37 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: FTJM

This one lost money Big Time!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0977855/business


13 posted on 12/04/2010 2:47:02 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: FTJM

Well, at least The Post still has a remnant of honesty. Hard to believe...but I commend them.


14 posted on 12/04/2010 2:47:20 PM PST by Signalman
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To: GeronL
"The film bombed right?"

Yep.

Fair Game (2010)

$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.

15 posted on 12/04/2010 2:50:12 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: Liberty Valance

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.


16 posted on 12/04/2010 2:51:32 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Liberty Valance
It's simply GOT to be Michael Chilkis...


17 posted on 12/04/2010 2:52:11 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: FTJM

It’s another Charlie Wilson’s War.


18 posted on 12/04/2010 2:53:58 PM PST by SeeSharp
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To: Liberty Valance

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”!!!


19 posted on 12/04/2010 2:54:48 PM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Owl_Eagle

LOL! Excellent choice.


20 posted on 12/04/2010 2:56:05 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: FTJM
This crap comes out, and meanwhile the completed Red Dawn remake that has China attacking the US languishes for lack of political testicular fortitude, and is virtually guaranteed to break the $100 million mark just in theatrical release.

Gawd I hate Hollywood.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

21 posted on 12/04/2010 2:56:55 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: GeronL

Yes. Penn’s 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. It’s worldwide take is just $9,349,628.

Considering that it cost $21 million to make, the investors are taking a well-deserved bath.


22 posted on 12/04/2010 3:00:34 PM PST by unique
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To: OldDeckHand

“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.


23 posted on 12/04/2010 3:04:38 PM PST by billhilly
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To: Owl_Eagle

That’s no ordinary actor.


24 posted on 12/04/2010 3:06:07 PM PST by Excellence (Buy Progresso, take off the label, write "not halal," mail to Campbell's soup company.)
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To: FTJM

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!


25 posted on 12/04/2010 3:08:29 PM PST by piytar (0's idea of power: the capacity to inflict unlimited pain and suffering on another human being. 1984)
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To: FTJM

A miracle during the season of Christ.


26 posted on 12/04/2010 3:10:42 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: billhilly
"In view of this statement maybe you will want to revisit your comments."

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.

27 posted on 12/04/2010 3:12:00 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: FTJM

Sounds a lot like an Oliver Stone “documentary”.


28 posted on 12/04/2010 3:16:49 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: SeeSharp

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.


30 posted on 12/04/2010 3:17:37 PM PST by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: FTJM

Those kind of people think in fantasy and speak it as real.


31 posted on 12/04/2010 3:21:10 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only a lawyer and a painter can change black to white)
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To: FTJM

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.


32 posted on 12/04/2010 3:26:04 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: FTJM

I also think that “Battlefield Earth” with John Travolta made more money ...(you can buy it for sixteen cents on Amazon)


33 posted on 12/04/2010 3:28:43 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only a lawyer and a painter can change black to white)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Garbage is right.


34 posted on 12/04/2010 3:31:54 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: FTJM

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?


35 posted on 12/04/2010 4:49:55 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: OldDeckHand
and it's but one of dozens of movies just like it that has come out of Hollywood

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.

36 posted on 12/04/2010 5:21:30 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: GeronL

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.


37 posted on 12/04/2010 5:37:27 PM PST by Mr. Jazzy (God bless the United States of America and protect her from the enemies of freedom.)
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To: Mr. Jazzy

The French will buy DVD’s of it by the millions.


38 posted on 12/04/2010 8:56:36 PM PST by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: Signalman

It’s very hard to believe.


39 posted on 12/04/2010 10:45:06 PM PST by FTJM
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To: FTJM

God Bless Robert Novak. May he rest in peace.

40 posted on 12/04/2010 10:55:10 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: OldDeckHand
OK, when did the space aliens replace the WaPoo editorial board members, and what do you think they did with their bodies?

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.

41 posted on 12/04/2010 11:16:01 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Liberty Valance
but who did they get to play Richard Armitage?

Nobody. His name isn't even mentioned in the movie.

42 posted on 12/04/2010 11:16:56 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: upchuck
Do I have this even close to correct?

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.

43 posted on 12/04/2010 11:24:34 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: SeeSharp

At least Charlie Wilson’s War was entertaining.


44 posted on 12/05/2010 2:35:25 PM PST by smokingfrog ( ><{{{{{(0>)
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To: Liberty Valance

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......


45 posted on 12/05/2010 3:45:35 PM PST by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: The Comedian

Me too.


46 posted on 12/06/2010 10:46:12 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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