RUDY GIULIANI: UBER NEOCON.ViaDave Weigel comes the news that Norman Podhoretz is joining the Rudy Giuliani campaign as a senior foreign policy advisor. Earlier this year, Podhoretz wrote a cute little article in the Wall Street Journal arguing in favor of bombing Iran. In it, he begs Bush to "take the only action that can stop Iran from following through on its evil intentions both toward us and toward Israel. As an American and as a Jew, I pray with all my heart that he will."
HOLLYWOOD AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENTAnn Hornadayreflects on the new film Talk to Me in today's Washington Post, leading her to wonder why "the story of the most important social and political moment in this country's history has gone untold in its dominant narrative art form."
Why, in other words, isn't there a major Hollywood film about the civil rights movement?
THE PARADOX OF MORAL EQUIVALENCE.Judea Pearl, Daniel Pearl's father, wrote a review of A Mighty Heart for TNR Online. The film, which stars Angelina Jolie as his wife Mariane, tells the story of Daniel Pearl's capture and subsequent beheading in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2002. Reading the review is difficult, because it's a father writing about the portrayal of his murdered son. It's also difficult because I think in some places, Judea Pearl is misleading and wrong. On an emotional and moral level, his relation to his son makes it difficult to criticize his points.
EDWARDS AND THE NYT. A rather provocative article in The New York Times today makes John Edwards seem fairly shady. Because Edwards did not have the benefits of, say, a senate seat to maintain his name recognition, NYTstaff writer Leslie Wayne declares:
Earlier this month, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was sentenced to thirty months in prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine after he was convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements to federal investigators. On Thursday, Federal Judge Reggie B. Walton said he will not delay the sentence, which means Libby could be in prison within weeks.