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Surprise! Oliver Stone's "W" Already Drawing Fire for Inaccuracies

10:23 AM, Apr 9, 2008 • By JOHN NOONAN
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So sayeth two official biographers of the Bush presidency. Faster than usual for an Oliver Stone movie, the film hasn't even entered production and it's already being sharply criticized for favoring left-wing talking points over historical accuracy.

Reactions to the script from the biographers were mixed. They said specific scenes are largely based in fact but noted that the screenplay contains inaccurate and over-the-top caricatures of Bush and his inner circle.

"It leaves you with the impression that the White House is run as a fraternity house with no reverence for hierarchy, the office itself or for the implications of policy," said Robert Draper, author of "Dead Certain: The Presidency of George Bush." "Everybody calling everybody else nicknames and chatting about whether to go to war as if they were chatting about how to bet on a football game really misses the mark of how many White Houses, including this one, are run."

Jacob Weisberg ("The Bush Tragedy") was skeptical about Stone's claim that he wants to make "a fair, true portrait" of Bush. "His saying he is going to be fair to Bush is like Donald Trump saying he is going to be modest," Weisberg quipped.

The dead giveaway that "W" is destined to be nothing more than low-brow ideological porn aimed at satisfying the legions of fanatical anti-Bush fetishists is the release date. Stone wants the filck to be up and running in theaters before the November election. So, unless you believe that a reactionary filmmaker like Oliver Stone is trying to swing the election for McCain, I'd expect something very similar to Nixon: both in storyline and attention to...facts.

My not particularly bold prediction? W tanks at the domestic box office, but soars in European theaters.