Saturday, December 13, 2008

Hunting a President

Looks like Michael Moore has some competition.

EVERY STORY needs a villain, and the story spun in "The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill Clinton" is no exception. In Harry Thomason and Nickolas Perry's fascinating documentary on what Hillary Rodham Clinton once called the "vast right-wing conspiracy" to discredit her husband, the bad guy is one Ken Starr, the former chief independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation. Here's a man whose every appearance on camera ought, by rights, to be accompanied by booing, hissing and the throwing of rancid tomatoes -- at least if the filmmakers have their way.

Make no mistake. This is partisan filmmaking at its most gleefully unapologetic. Unless they're also masochists, Bill Clinton haters and Ken Starr fans will know better than to buy a ticket.
I love this stuff. It's like b-grade horror movies, but for politics. And anyone who tells you b-grade horror flicks have no social value is not to be trusted.

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