Conservative filmmaker Clint Eastwood is going after the fake news media in his new film called “Richard Jewell.”
The movie is the very sad tale about Ricard Jewell, whose life was destroyed by the media and FBI who incorrectly identified him as the Olympic Bomber.
Both the FBI and media unfairly painted Jewell as the main suspect in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, It’s eerie how right now the President is going through his own version of “Richard Jewell” with the FBI and media.
One person was killed and another 111 were injured in the bombing.
Jewell was the security guard who found the backpack that contained three pipe bombs and told the police. Three days after the bombing, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Jewell was the FBI’s main suspect.
Below is the official trailer for the movie:
Newsbusters cited a review from The Hollywood Reporter, saying that it “savages the mainstream press.”
The FBI doesn’t fare well, either, which is of equal importance as the nation grapples with the bureau’s actions in targeting President Trump during his 2016 campaign.
THR characterized the film as a “none-too-flattering look at the ‘media lynching’ of a sad-sack security guard the press decided was responsible for a deadly bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games.”
The review also says the film, due out December 13, portrays the media as “reckless, corrupt and immoral.”
More from the THR review:
Most Hollywood films about journalism since All the President’s Men 43 years ago have taken the free press’ side, portraying it as a scruffy if noble institution essential to the well-being of democracy. Eastwood and screenwriter Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips) here take a rather different view of the Fourth Estate, portraying it as reckless, corrupt and immoral. At the center of its frenzy is the hapless and clueless Jewell, an overweight oddball who may well be the least likely leading man in any of Eastwood’s 40 — count ‘em, 40 — films as a director, but Paul Walter Hauser makes the most of it.
Then again, this is no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to media coverage of politics in America.
The list of media-generated controversies intended to drive a liberal political agenda are endless, be it the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax or the media assault on a group of Catholic school boys.
Yet, the people behind these stories are the ones who lecture the nation on a daily basis about moral behavior.
Eastwood’s success in delivering a message about journalism and the FBI is confirmed in a review from Variety, which calls the film a “good story.” [Bizpacreview]
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