**A Post by Shifra**
Well, now that Kathryn Bigelow has been “punished” by the Hollywood Liberals – no Oscar nominations for her or for her film Zero Dark Thirty, and only one award (shared) for “sound editing,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called off the Inquisition, er, the investigation into the film, one day after the Academy Awards.
If Hollywood ever makes a film about the “Zero Dark Thirty” affair, it may stretch the credulity of audiences with even the lowest expectations of Washington.
As no one should forget, Senators Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and John McCain wrote letters to Sony Pictures and the CIA charging that “Zero Dark Thirty” was a “grossly inaccurate and misleading” portrayal of the interrogation of al Qaeda detainees. Ms. Feinstein’s intelligence committee opened an inquiry into what the CIA told the filmmakers, and the letters coincided with a media attack led by those great believers in artistic free expression at the New Yorker magazine.
Well, mission accomplished. The film was among the best reviewed of 2012 and has done well at the box office. But the attacks had their desired effect of intimidating Hollywood. Director Kathryn Bigelow was denied an Oscar nomination and the film won only a single (shared) award for sound editing. The Oscar ceremonies were Sunday night.
A day later, Reuters reported that the Senate is dropping its investigation of the film and CIA cooperation with the filmmakers. On Tuesday, Ms. Feinstein released a classic in political self-justification, claiming that “The committee has not made any contact with the filmmakers, did not request documents from any individual associated with the film, and have not conducted any investigation into the film whatsoever. We have simply asked questions of the intelligence community pertinent to our oversight responsibilities.”
The truth is that Ms. Feinstein was trying to punish a film whose attempt at historical accuracy conflicted with her view that waterboarding three al Qaeda operatives wasn’t effective and didn’t produce information that helped lead to the raid on Osama Bin Laden. It was a raw attempt at political intimidation, and had Dick Cheney ever tried something comparable he would have been roundly condemned.
The episode is a dark moment in Senate history, a blot on the Feinstein-McCain-Levin careers, and one more example of the way modern liberals seek to smear and silence those who disagree with them.
Tammy’s book, ‘The New Thought Police,’ was published in 2001. The jacket cover notes that the book “…cuts through the deluge of politically correct speech and thought codes to expose the dangerous rise of left-wing McCarthyism.”
Looks like TNTP is more relevant today than ever before.