Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monica, the Movie

As Hillary Clinton arrives in Mexico to admit that America's "insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” the cocaine-consuming capital of Hollywood announces a new HBO movie about Monica Lewinsky and you-know-who.

The film, we're told, is "actually about the frustrated efforts of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to form a working relationship with President Clinton, who seemed increasingly distracted by the fallout from the scandal." The title (wink, wink) is "The Special Relationship" with Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore as the former First Couple. Monica herself will appear only in old clips.

The news comes as the Supreme Court considers a case about "Hillary: The Movie," a so-called documentary starring Ann Coulter and Newt Gingrich that was made with corporate money last year to derail Mrs. Clinton's candidacy and may have run afoul of federal election laws.

All this cinematic activity is going on as the polls show the Secretary of State with a sky-high approval rating in presenting a new foreign-policy face to the world. At least the perpetrators of the Frost/Nixon fiction waited until the Unindicted Coconspirator was long gone before cashing in.

If HBO cares about one customer vote, turn off the project's greenlight and put the money into a sequel of "Traffic," which would be much more dramatic and timely and a lot less tacky.

1 comment:

(O)CT(O)PUS said...

I understand the producers of "Hillary - The Movie" are arguing the case as a free speech issue.

One can also argue that those suffering from schizophrenia have a fundamental right to their delusions, or those suffering from OCD have the right to wash their hands every minute; but free speech does not mean they are healthy, or that delusions have an aura of reality, or that obsessive-compulsive hand washing will stop.

It has come down to this: Free speech protects everyone' right to act crazy. Now, can we talk about universal health insurance?