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Liberals hate it when their ox is gored in movies


 In the movie 'Hyde Park on Hudson,' FDR is portrayed as a 'lecherous creep.'
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Date published: 1/6/2013

I read Ed Jones' column ["Truth lost in movies?" Dec. 20] and could not help but chuckle at the hypocrisy of many liberal journalists.

For example, recall the movies "Nixon" (1995) and "W" (2008). Both were directed by Oliver Stone, who is noted for his "entertaining," if not necessarily accurate, portrayals of political figures who do not subscribe to his political views. There was nary a peep from the left as to the historical authenticity of the portrayals of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. Many members of the journalists' cocktail circuit no doubt thought the over-the-top, buffoonish depictions of these men were a hoot. The conspiracy theories presented in Stone's "JFK" (1991) were borderline lunacy.

Now we have the movie, "Zero Dark Thirty," which challenges the liberal tenet that enhanced interrogation techniques are not justified, as they do not yield useful intelligence. As this movie contradicts that notion, it has elicited howls of indignation from the left.

The movie "Hyde Park on Hudson" dares to characterize the liberal icon of big government, FDR, as being a lecherous creep. Historians have noted that FDR did, in fact, have a wandering eye, and did indeed act upon his fancies (with Eleanor's social secretary, Lucy Mercer, and with his own private secretary, Missy LeHand). Surmising that he had other affairs is not unreasonable. That FDR had other human foibles (such as the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII) tends to upset the left's deification of him.

I find liberals' selective indignation fascinating. I suppose it depends on whose ox is being gored. Objectivity, fair play, and balance in journalism are dying virtues.

Gary Long

Spotsylvania