Sometimes, it's a tough call as to whether Damian Penny is being deliberately obtuse, or whether he's really as unspeakably dense as his writing would suggest:
While the left throws a massive hissy fit over inaccuracies in The Path to 9/11, the hot ticket at the Toronto International Film Festival is a fake documentary ["Death of a President"] in which President Bush is murdered:
Um ... I'm sorry, I don't quite see the irony there. See, "Death of a President" is quite openly a work of fiction, while "The Path to 9/11" represented itself as a fact-based documentary. See how that works, Damian? It means that your comparison isn't worth, well, shit. But Damian's on a roll, so let's move aside and let the madness continue:
If an American cable network (I think we can safely assume no broadcast network will touch Death of a President) or film distributor picks up the movie, don't expect the Kossacks and HuffPosters to launch any boycott campaigns against it.
Uh ... but why would they boycott? Pay attention, Damian -- fiction versus documentary. How is it possible that you can't appreciate the difference? Oh, wait:
Mind you, the two aren't exactly the same: The Path to 9/11 is a docudrama that takes dramatic licence to show the Clinton Administration's (and Bush Administration's) missed opportunities to take down Osama bin Laden, while Death of a President portrays the murder of a sitting President, and the framing of an innocent Arab for his murder (of course!) to criticize post-9/11 American "paranoia." Big difference.
Ah. So Damian does understand the massive distinction -- he's just being a total dick by ignoring it. In Damian's world, I'm guessing that passes for clever. But, hang on:
(The anti-Path crowd is also trying to draw a distinction between a docudrama shown on network television - the public airwaves - and in movie theatres.
Whoops, scratch that -- now we're back to not understanding the difference again. It must be tough being Damian Penny -- you're never quite sure which demented personality is going to bubble up and take command of the keyboard, so you have to be ready for anything.
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DOUBLE PLUS GOOD AND JUST PLAIN SNARKERRIFIC: Damian writes, "While the left throws a massive hissy fit over inaccuracies in The Path to 9/11 ...". Apparently, it's not just "the left" that is some kind of pissed.
Some advice to Damian's buddies: Do not ask him for legal advice. Seriously. Or medical advice. He's probably pretty bad at that, too.
(DISCLAIMER: There's some debate as to whether that threat of legal action is genuine, but you have to think AA at least has grounds for thinking about it.)