CBS Bans Advertising for Movie "Truth"One of Cate Blanchett's "greatest screen performances
Good reviews for movie about CBS throwing Dan Rather and Mary Mapes to the wolves over investigations on how George Bush got into the Texas National Guard to avoid service in Vietnam, then mysteriously got out of the Guard again. Anyone who doubts that CBS caved in to Republican Party pressure should recall three things: 1) Mapes and Rather broke the Abu Ghraib torture story, which Republicans also at first said was false 2) CBS appointed a lawyer from the Republican Party to head an "independent investigation" into their report that didn't interview a single expert on journalism, 3) The long-time assistant to Bush's commander, Jerry B. Killian, said on TV that while she didn't believe Killian typed the critical document in question about Bush allegedly missing a full year's service in the Guard, Killian believed everything in that document.
The subset of facts that are not
in dispute: Bush leapt to the front of a long waiting list to get into the Texas National Guard despite having negligible qualifications, ostensibly to train in flying fighter jets; then Bush got his Guard assignment transferred to Washington to work on his father's political campaigns; then Bush was allowed somehow to leave the Guard before his term was up, simply because, in his words, "I wanted to go back to school". I wonder how many service people in Vietnam knew someone could get out of the military once enrolled simply by saying "I want to go back to school"?
Robert Redford and Topher Grace are said to be excellent and ... "*Ms. Blanchett, in one of her greatest screen performances, offers a compelling portrait of a driven, high-strung television journalist fearlessly operating in a cutthroat professional climate*. She is relentless in tracking down documents that appear to have been written in the early ’70s by Mr. Bush’s commander, Jerry B. Killian, who died in 1984. And when she finally secures an interview with Lt. Col. Bill Burkett (Stacy Keach), an ailing National Guard veteran, who produces incriminating documents that seem to be authentic, her case momentarily seems airtight."
Review at the embed.
"Killian Documents on Wiki:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Rather#Killian_documents
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