‘Fair Game’ Dramatizes Media’s Villainous Role in Plame Wilson Scandal

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.

About Jim Naureckas

Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.