Fuck Frank Bruni and everybody at the New York Times. Kathryn Bigelow and Zero Dark Thirty aren’t responsible for the wars and our insane, incompetent leadership and their bloodlust.
Bin Laden, Torture and Hollywood
By FRANK BRUNI
December 8, 2012
Even as David Edelstein, the film critic for New York magazine, named “Zero Dark Thirty” the best movie of 2012 in a recent article, he digressed to say that it “borders on the politically and morally reprehensible,” because it “makes a case for the efficacy of torture.”
Edelstein isn’t the only critic in a morally complicated swoon over “Zero Dark Thirty.” Last week the New York Film Critics Circle awarded it the best movie of the year. So did the National Board of Review. Surprises atop surprises: not only does “Zero Dark Thirty” decline to toe a conventionally liberal line, but it is being embraced by many cultural arbiters who are probably at some level horrified by the conclusions it seems to reach.
…and please, will somebody do something about Thomas Friedman? I mean, really…
My Secretary of State
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
November 27, 2012
President Obama is assembling his new national security team, with Senator John Kerry possibly heading for the Pentagon and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice the perceived front-runner to become secretary of state. Kerry is an excellent choice for defense. I don’t know Rice at all, so I have no opinion on her fitness for the job, but I think the contrived flap over her Libya comments certainly shouldn’t disqualify her. That said, my own nominee for secretary of state would be the current education secretary, Arne Duncan.
Is it just me? Or did he just say he had no opinion on a subject and then voice the the strongest possible opinion on that same subject in the same sentence? That’s in the first paragraph. They pay him. Charlie Rose interviews him for a whole hour a couple times a year. I’m recommending euthanasia.