Help me out here. Why are they talking about this?
In an unusual Congressional critique of Hollywood moviemaking, three United States senators on Wednesday lambasted “Zero Dark Thirty,” the new fictionalized film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, calling it “grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location” of the terrorist leader.
The senators take the latter view and say the movie is “factually inaccurate” and “has the potential to shape American public opinion in a disturbing and misleading manner.” Their letter asks Sony Pictures to “consider correcting the impression that the C.I.A.’s use of coercive interrogation techniques led to the operation” against Bin Laden, but they do not explain exactly how that could be done. NYTimes
It’s only a movie, kids. It’s not even a documentary, let alone investigative journalism. It’s entertainment concocted by people whose job consists of conjuring up cheap thrills and audacious antics that delight sufficient numbers of customers to fatten their and their stockholders’ bankrolls. They figured that torture scenes at Christmas make cash registers ring like jingle bells. They’re right. And now Congress is helping them.
Will they weigh in next on Spiderman and Harry Porter? Aren’t those fictional entities also “factually inaccurate?” Watch out, Walt Disney! Here comes the US Senate!
It was irksome enough when they shoved their snouts into baseball and Performance Enhancing Drugs. But when they conduct themselves in such a way that they give credence to lowbrow dolts in Hollywood whose art-making mantra idea is Variations on a Theme of Jiggling Boobs and Car Wrecks, they manage to (miraculously) lower themselves even further.
Like down the fiscal cliff, taking us all with them.