The Most Important Thing an Editor Can Say Is No

Oliver Stone defended Vladimir Putin to
Stephen Colbert. The audience laughed at him.
Washington Post headline June 13, 2017

Laughing at Stone, not taking him seriously, is the right response to the sometimes brilliant film director when he ventures into politics.

Here was my response to Stone in 1991 when he made the movie, JFK.

WASHINGTON (AP)  Film critic Pat Dowell never wrote a review her editors wouldn’t run. But that was before she gave 3 1/2 stars to ”JFK.” She’s now the ex-critic of Washingtonian magazine, after resigning when editor Jack Limpert spiked her words of praise for the controversial movie.

”The idea that the president, the Pentagon and the CIA are all acting in concert” to assassinate John Kennedy and cover it up ”is bizarre, just crackpot, preposterous,” Limpert said Friday. His view after seeing the film: “The dumbest movie about Washington ever made.”

Dowell’s unpublished critique called it ”a brilliantly crafted indictment of history as an official story.’

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