July 12, 2010

WATCHED ABSENCE OF MALICE LAST NIGHT. A great movie about the press, the Justice Department, and their victims. The opening scene is unintentional technological hilarity, but the movie itself is timeless. It’s particularly pleasing the way the Paul Newman character uses his adversaries’ selfishness and speed at jumping to conclusions against them, and Sally Field’s key line — it’s not true, but it’s accurate — merely anticipates the “fake but accurate” defense offered in so many fake-news cases today.

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