WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2004
HUNTING TRIP: Last night, we hobnobbed with the Arkansas Hollywood set, taking in the Washington premiere of The Hunting of the President. Its truethe red carpet at Visions was a bit frayed, but everyone-whos-anyone in the knows-what-really-happened set was there to see Thomason, Lyons and Conason show and discuss this new film. That even includes David Corns mother, Ruth The Answer Corn, who raised David up on the mean streets of New York (well, OKin White Plains), and helped him develop his admirable values. Some people get a head start in life, we told Corn after meeting his mother.
But all the excitement chewed up our day; indeed, we were still helping one extremely big-name principal find a hotel in the very wee hours, and we will therefore postpone the incomparable Part 2 of our review of Tim Russerts new book.
David got his values from Ruth. Tim got his values from his father, Big Russ. Or did he? By the time we reach Part 4 of our series, well be asking NBCs squire of Nantucket to stand on his own two feet for once and explain one part of his past, puzzling work. The values he praises in his book convince us that hell want to do this for youunless the swells in his Nantucket clique have changed Mr. R for all time.
At any rate, take a look at yesterdays post (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 6/22/04). Tomorrow, we return to the hunt. Will the real Tim Russert ever stand up? More specifically, will he ever stop hiding behind his dada man whom you clearly should admire?
Oh yes, The Hunting of the President! We thought the movie starts a bit slowly, for reasons we may discuss in a later post. And the overall story is so complex that it cant be explained in a 90-minute movie. But we thought The Hunting was pretty danged good, and a climactic interview scene with Susan McDougal is one of the most dramatic scenes we have ever seen on film. Its very rare, is this celebrified age, to see moral reasoning laid right out before you. Murmurs of appreciation and surprise rolled through the audience during this scene. If youre in New York or D.C. (where the film is now showing) we strongly suggest that you see it.
Yes, we strongly suggest that you take in this film.. But if youre not in New York or D.C., just read the lead editorial from this mornings Post to see this endless hunt roll on. The tangled real estate investments that became known as Whitewater merited investigation, the editors write, scolding Clinton for his remarks about Kenneth Starr, and the inquiry produced numerous convictions. Good Lord! The eds werent decent enough to tell their readers that these convictions didnt involve the Clintons, or that the Clintons were flatly exonerated in the Whitewater mess. (More on this point tomorrow.) But then, people like this papers eds have long kept the rubes in the dark about this. We saw it last night in a sparkling film. You can see it today: Just click here.
P.S. You can see The Hunting of the President in Little Rock too.