Facts Are ‘Fair Game’ for WPost’s Axe-Grinding Editorialists

A Washington Post editorial (12/3/10) on the film Fair Game complains that “the film’s reception illustrates a more troubling trend of political debates in Washington in which established facts are willfully ignored.” Talk about lack of self-awareness. The film dramatizes the story of Joseph Wilson, a former ambassador who blew the whistle on the Bush administration’s intelligence manipulation, and his spouse Valerie Plame Wilson, who was outed by the administration as a covert CIA officer in retaliation for her husband’s criticism. The Post editorialists have been grinding their axes on the Wilsons’ case for a long time now, and the […]


‘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 […]