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Friday, October 28, 2005

Clooney's cartoon

The Vancouver Sun has just published a Washington Post review of the new George Clooney movie Good Night, and Good Luck (Clooney stars, directs and shares writing credit). Read it and cheer. Finally, someone in the mainstream media has shined a light on Hollywood's propaganda machine. The movie, as reviewer Stephen Hunter points out, omits more than a few pertinent details about the McCarthy era and its key players -- details which undercut Hollywood's traditional black-hat, white-hat view of that troubled time.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on October 28, 2005 in Film | Permalink


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People really interested in the truth of the era should read- Inside the Aquarium: The Making of a Top Soviet Spy- by Viktor Suvorov.

Very readable account by Suvorov who now lives in England after defecting as an elite GRU agent.

Other excellant titles listed below by Suvorov about the life he actually lived, from being a Ukrainian peasant to entering the elite Kiev Tank School to the Tank Guards from which he was recruited to Spetsnaz and then to the GRU.

The liberators
by Viktor Suvorov
His life as a Ukrainian peasant to basic training at Kiev to a command in the Tank Guards to the Soviet 'liberation' of Hungary.

Spetsnaz: The Inside Story of the Soviet Special Forces
by Viktor Suvorov
His life in the Soviet Special Forces after recruitment from the Tank Guards

Inside Soviet Military Intelligence
by Viktor Suvorov
Operational structure, history, and methods of the NKVD/KGB and GRU including their deadly rivalries with each other.

Aquarium: The career and defection of a Soviet military spy
by Viktor Suvorov
His life as a GRU operative.

True stories, very easy reading, quite entertaining as well as informative. Some of it is hilarious. The spy parts cover the importance of recruiting MSM personalities as 'agents of influence' for the Soviet Union.

I borrowed all these books from the Calgary Public Library, good reading.

Posted by: Speller | 2005-10-28 12:31:35 PM

Excellent review by Hunter. A couple of comments:

Clooney also wouldn’t mention that McCarthy was highly popular in Massachusetts and a good friend of the Kennedy family. JFK stuck by him as did Bobby who thought enough of him to make him godfather to his first child.

Hunter writes: “Thus the movie fails to apprehend the true enormity of McCarthy's crime...... that he forever tarnished by association the reputations of the security services charged with keeping us safe from the actual -- -- Red menace.”

It can be argued that this was more a legacy of a commie sympathizing MSM / Hollywood and its demonization of McCarthy than of McCarthy’s “crime”.

Posted by: JR | 2005-10-28 12:46:59 PM

You know I like honesty.

I wonder if thats why so few people go to the movies these days. they couldn't even do Troy right.

Was Agamemnon a republican?

Posted by: ghollingshead | 2005-10-28 3:03:32 PM

Clooney is Clueless!!!!

Posted by: themaj | 2005-10-28 5:27:02 PM

WS magazine should run the comic strip-Sally Forth. For entertainment and a good pro family read.

Posted by: Larry | 2005-10-31 2:42:15 AM

When the movie uses original footage of McCarthy -- sweaty and unshaven -- instead of a real actor, and the actors portraying Murrow et al. are in full makeup with Barbara Walters lighting, do ya think maybe it's gonna be one-sided?

Judging by the commercials, Clooney was inspired by the Nixon-Kennedy debate in 1960. Since then it's been downhill for the Democrats.

Posted by: Joan Tintor | 2005-10-31 8:38:25 AM

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