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Kerry and Keller and Movies

Times Watch notes today that when you watch the Kerry home movies as rendered by Spielberg tonight, here’s how then-New York Times columnist (now Executive Editor) Bill Keller opened his September 7, 2002, column (if impatient, skip to last sentence):

“A couple of columns ago, while plowing through a crowd of Democrats who want to be president, I threw an elbow at Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. I suggested that his claim to be a global thinker leaned rather excessively on his 30-year-old heroism in Vietnam. And, relying on a report in the usually dependable Boston Globe, I mocked him for pulling out a movie camera after a shootout in the Mekong Delta and re-enacting the exploit, as if preening for campaign commercials to come. Cheap shot, the senator’s people said of the notion that he belabors his war record. And just plain wrong about those movies. Which is how I came to be sitting in a wing chair in the senator’s office the other day while he plugged in a videocassette and fumbled with a balky remote. ‘It is so innocent,’ he said by way of introducing his youthful cinematic effort, adding a little defensively, ‘I have no intention of using it’ for campaign purposes.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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