And a WaterBoard in a Pear Tree

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.

2-thumbs-down-536x355Some human rights advocates have described the film as ambiguous on the question of whether torture was useful, while others believe it implies that torture produced some early clues.

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.

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One Response to And a WaterBoard in a Pear Tree

  1. Barbara Ganousch says:

    You underestimate the influence of the entertainment industry, and you overestimate the general public’s capacity to separate fact from fantasy. People will watch that movie and believe what they see, accepting it as at least as truthful and representative as anything else they encounter, whether it’s a news report on tv or a respected journalist’s report. I don’t know that this justifies Congressional intervention, but they’re correct in their assessment of the public’s reaction.

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