Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” And The Media
Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” And The Media
You know Clint Eastwood’s movie about Richard Jewell and the media rush to judgement is going to be good when the press throws a tantrum about it.
The timing of this movie couldn’t be better given that we’ve been treated to Fake News from the media for several years now. Furthermore, many of those whining about how this movie (which many haven’t seen yet) shows how wrong the media was, are the ones who are part of the problem!
The Atlantic Journal-Constitution has their panties in a bunch over this movie. Why? Because it makes their reporter and reporting on the story look hideously bad. Guess what guys? It was. So what do they want?
You see, they don’t like that the movie seems to show that AJC reporter Kathy Scruggs had some type of sexual relationship with one of the FBI agents. The AJC is now demanding the studio put up a disclaimer saying that this particular part of the movie is “fake news.”
I find it so very interesting that the AJC is super worried about how their publication and reporting looks in the movie given that the AJC has NEVER apologized to Richard Jewell, nor his family for their role in destroying his life. What’s great is that Warner Brothers has told AJC to go pound sand. Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood’s response is perfect.
“I think the Atlanta Journal (sic) probably would be the one group that would be sort of complexed about that whole situation because they are the ones who printed the first thing of there being a crime caused by Richard Jewell. And so they’re probably looking for ways to rationalize their activity. I don’t know for sure. I haven’t — never discussed it with anyone from there…”
I love that Clint points out that they are trying to rationalize their culpability regarding Richard Jewell. Their pearl clutching over this makes them look even worse than they already are.
This mea culpa from Henry Schuster, a CNN reporter in Georgia at the time, infuriated me. Why?
“We in the media got it wrong, even though our reporting was right. There’s the paradox: Jewell really was the FBI’s main suspect. Yes, the FBI has a lot to answer for, but this is about our responsibility. Suppose that CNN had been more nuanced and called Jewell a person of interest; our repetitive and relentless coverage would still have made it look like the authorities thought he was the culprit.”
Oh that’s just great. Your reporting was correct, but we were kind of sort of wrong. And golly gee, I’m oh so sorry that I wasn’t man enough to apologize directly to Richard Jewell when I had the chance. Bullshit.
You WANTED that scoop and you got it. You never stopped to think that Jewell was acting the way he was because, hello! cameras, tv studios, and reporters yelling questions at you would make ANYONE nervous? It is very evident that you still don’t get it. You still refuse to understand that, in the interests of the scoop of the decade, you rushed the story and then kept hammering away at Richard Jewell and refused to investigate any further.
Fast forward to today. Henry, has the media learned its lesson on rushing to judgement as you imply in your cute little non-apology editorial? NO.
The WSJ’s awful take on the Jersey City attack
The list is very long.
"The FBI and the media joined together to launch an attack on me of unparalleled proportion in the history of his nation … It was all a lie … The Justice Department cannot be trusted to investigate itself."
— Richard Jewell, July 30, 1997,
House hearing pic.twitter.com/DzDYAGtIWK
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) December 10, 2019
But noooooo! Let’s have the media snivel about how just one aspect of a movie makes them all look bad!
— Phil Williams (@NC5PhilWilliams) December 10, 2019
You see, reporters NEVER sleep with their sources! Yeah, about that.
The media twitter reaction to 'Richard Jewell' is completely predicted and contrived. This isn't about how a journalist is portrayed in a movie. It's about them. My latest for @SpectatorUSA https://t.co/GgtrSaJTS6
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) December 11, 2019
According to Will Bunch, this movie is one we don’t need right now. Why? Because it will supposedly empower all us deplorables who hate the free press. No Willie. What we HATE is that YOU as a member of the press has been working 24/7 for the last fifteen years or more to destroy this Republic from within.
What the media doesn’t like is that Clint Eastwood’s movie hits too close to home. Furthermore, what the media ALSO doesn’t like is that we are fighting back against their chosen narratives and the Fake News that many of them peddle.
So yes, this movie is needed now more than ever.
Richard Jewell saved lives. And for that he was hounded and vilified by the media and the FBI.
I plan to see “Richard Jewell” this weekend. I hope our readers will as well.
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