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View Diary: Congress Condemns "Zero Dark Thirty" as Grossly Inaccurate (153 comments)

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  •  Greenwald, Glenn - in the Guardian - not a review (10+ / 0-)

    rather a meta-analysis of the reviews themselves.

    But, says Bigelow, that is not her responsibility: she is merely depicting, not advocating. Without comparing the crimes involved, that was always the controversy surrounding German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, widely hailed as one of the most brilliant and innovative filmmakers of the 20th Century, yet also widely despised for producing films that glorified Nazism and excluded all of its crimes. One of her principal defenses - I was simply showing what was taking place, not judging - has been rather vehemently rejected by most commentators, because it (at best) naively ignores the obvious effects of what she produced, and because she had a responsibility to judge those crimes.
    This was, as you might imagine, not received with universal agreement. Glenn penned a fairly long follow-up- explaining, again, that he was not reviewing the film. He was talking (in part) about the curious acceptance of the false premise ... that torture elicted information leading to Bin Laden's demise.

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