The new film Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, recreates the Bush administration’s exposure of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson in retaliation for her husband Joe Wilson’s public criticism of Bush’s WMD claims. It also depicts the shameful role that the D.C. establishment media played in facilitating the government’s efforts to marginalize and punish a dissident.
FAIR addressed the press’s reprehensible performance in such pieces as “Spinning the Libby Indictment” (Extra!, 11-12/05) and “Miller’s Tale” (Media Advisory, 10/21/05). (Judith Miller’s name isn’t mentioned in the film, but her wretched reporting in the New York Times makes a cameo appearance or two.)
I was curious who inspired the character identified as “right-wing reporter” in the credits, who harangues Joe Wilson in a restaurant. Apparently, she’s supposed to be Ann Coulter.