Gilson’s gallimaufry

Featured image In today’s letters to the editor the Star Tribune publishes Gary Gilson’s apology for his sideswipe of John Hinderaker while swiping me head-on. Here is how it is published it today’s paper: DEBATE OVER THE MOVIE ‘TRUTH’ I apologize for a statement made about the Power Line blog In a Nov. 8 letter to the editor, I wrote that John Hinderaker, a founder of the conservative blog Power Line, had »

From “Truth” to “Trumbo”

Featured image Hollywood provides a steady left-wing pressure on our politics, our culture, and our collective memory. This year the Rathergate film Truth gave an almost unbelievable example, turning the perpetrators of the greatest journalistic scandal of our times into heroes. John and I tried to set the record straight in the Weekly Standard article “Rather shameful” and the Star Tribune column “Lies upon lies.” As the institutional voice of the left, »

The Trouble With the Truth

Featured image There are several problems with the movie Truth. The first is that, notwithstanding its title, it is a pack of lies. The second is that a large segment of the public knows that Truth is a lie, and has no desire to see it for that reason. The third is that apparently–I haven’t seen the film, and won’t–Truth is a crashing bore. So it’s no surprise that Truth is a »

(No) Good Mockin’ Tonight [updated]

Featured image Five stand-up comedians performing at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory subjected Madam Hillary to rude mockery. Who do these people think they are? What country do they think they’re living in? Madam Hillary holds no office, but she wields the royal prerogative. No court jesters allowed. That’s no lady, that’s my queen! Judicial Watch concisely summarizes the story: A video of the short performance, which is less than three minutes, is posted »

Gilson grapples, Campenni pins

Featured image William Campenni served in the the same Texas Air National Guard unit as President Bush in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Bill has served as an authoritative source of information on matters related to Rathergate since 2004. Last night he wrote to comment on Gary Gilson’s letter to the editor attacking me and my Star Tribune column “Lies upon lies.” I noted but declined to engage the substance of »

Gilson grapples with truth

Featured image The Star Tribune has published two letters responding to my column about the Rathergate film Truth. The lead letter is by Gary Gilson, former executive director of the Minnesota News Council. This seems to be the best of what Star Tribune readers who responded had to say: Scott W. Johnson (“Lies upon lies: The sad state of ‘Truth,’ ” Nov. 1) condemns the movie “Truth” for making heroes out of the »

“Truth” hurts [corrected]

Featured image The Rathergate film Truth opened in wide release this past Friday. I took a look at the weekend box-office estimates posted by Box Office Mojo in “Truth doesn’t pay.” The film did not appear to be doing well even by comparison with Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Hollywood Reporter observes that the film flopped on its opening this past weekend. Nevertheless, we may have underestimated the magnitude of the »

“Truth” doesn’t pay

Featured image I’ve been curious how the Rathergate film Truth would do at the box office. The film opened Friday in wide release. Will Truth take its place in the long line of Hollywood’s politically inspired clunkers? Keep hope alive! Sony Pictures Classics paid $6 million for the distribution rights. It is spending millions more to promote the film now. It’s not a big-budget picture. I certainly hope the producers didn’t pay »

Lies of “Truth”

Featured image The Rathergate film Truth opened in more than a thousand theaters around the country this past Friday. The Sunday Star Tribune carries my column reminding readers of the film’s factual background. The column is published as “Lies upon lies: The sad state of the movie ‘Truth.'” I am grateful to Star Tribune commentary editor D.J. Tice for letting the column see the light of day in the hometown paper. Please »

Fox News can handle this “Truth”

Featured image The folks at Fox News invited me to appear for a brief interview about the Rathergate film Truth, opening tomorrow at a theater near you. They sent me to the heart of KMSP TV’s working newsroom in suburban Minneapolis for the interview. The reporters and producers in the newsroom couldn’t escape my side of the conversation if they wanted to. That was a new one on me. FNC’s Julie Banderas »

Public Service Announcement for Geeks Everywhere

Featured image In case you’re hiding under a rock—or are one of our faithful readers who wait exclusively for Power Line to certify what is truly important news—tonight the newest trailer for the forthcoming Star Wars movie was released. You’re welcome. »

“Truth,” according to Mary Mapes

Featured image The Rathergate film Truth opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday. The film, as I’ve mentioned a time or two before, is based on Mary Mapes’s Rathergate memoir Truth and Duty. Mapes stands behind the false and fraudulent story that disgraced CBS News. She stands behind the fabricated documents on which the story was based. And now she has Cate Blanchett taking a star turn on her behalf »

Understanding the zombie apocalypse

Featured image Paul Cantor is Clifton Waller Barrett Professor at the University of Virginia. He is a scholar who loves and venerates Shakespeare along with American popular culture, which makes perfect sense if you think about it. In his most recent Conversation (video below, about 90 minutes), Bill Kristol sits down with Professor Cantor for an extended discussion of American popular culture. The video is broken into six chapters hereIf you want »

“Truth” and other lies (3)

Featured image I’ve lost my sense of humor about the Rathergate movie Truth. Watching the TimesTalks love-in with Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Dan Rather, and Mary Mapes aggravated my condition. I may need to take another lesson in Beatles harmony with Galeazzo Frudua to get right with the world. Another lesson or three. NR editor Rich Lowry is helping me get some perspective this morning. Rich devotes his syndicated column to “the »

“Truth,” according to the Times (2)

Featured image Late last week the New York Times celebrated the forthcoming release of the Rathergate film Truth, starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes. The Times event featured all four of them. “The full catastrophe,” as I would like to think of it. The Times convened the panel to discuss the film and the underlying story before an enthusiastic New York audience. Moderated by Times Magazine »

Barry Diller: I’ll Leave the Country If Trump Wins!

Featured image An election must be in the offing, as liberals are threatening to leave the country. As we used to say as kids: is that a threat, or a promise? This time it is Hollywood’s Barry Diller. Diller says: If Donald Trump doesn’t fall, I’ll either move out of the country or join the resistance. A Democratic Party resistance movement? They’d better hold off on confiscating those guns. These threats are »

Harry MacDougald: “Truth” and other lies (2)

Featured image The film “Truth” will be released commercially later this month to retell the Rathergate scandal from the perspective of Mary Mapes. The film is based on Mapes’s almost laughable 2005 Rathergate memoir. The left routinely seeks to rewrite even yesterday’s news; events eleven years ago, when Mapes committed her misconduct, have now attained the status of ancient history. John and I therefore sought to reiterate the basic facts of the »