Robert Redford tries sanitizing Dan Rather’s record; new Rathergate film called ‘Truth’

“Truth,” ironically, is the name of a new film slated to be released this Friday.

The film is a dramatization of “Truth and Duty,” a book by Mary Mapes – the former CBS producer who conspired with Dan Rather to sabotage George Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign  – that seeks to defend her integrity in the aftermath of the Memogate/Rathergate scandal.

Less than two months before the 2004 presidential election, both Mapes and Rather used fake documents to dishonestly assert that President Bush had gone AWOL during his service with the Air National Guard between 1972 and 1973.  The film casts Robert Redford as Dan Rather, with Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes.

Ironic title aside, a CBS spokesperson had this to say about the film:

“It’s astounding how little truth there is in “Truth.” There are, in fact, too many distortions, evasions and baseless conspiracy theories to enumerate them all. The film tries to turn gross errors of journalism and judgment into acts of heroism and martyrdom. That’s a disservice not just to the public but to journalists across the world who go out every day and do everything within their power, sometimes at great risk to themselves, to get the story right. ”

Mapes’s book and the film both frame CBS’s decision to terminate both her and Rather in early 2005 as politically motivated by the network to make amends with the Bush administration.  Mapes and Rather had worked at CBS for 15 and 44 years, respectively.

Although stating in 2011 that he’s “not a left-wing guy,” Redford has a history of left-wing advocacy both via his films and openly in his public life.

Speaking with CNN’s New Day in October of 2013, he stated that “racism” was involved in what was described as Republican obstinance before President Obama’s budget agenda, leading to a “government shutdown”.

The GOP wanted to “destroy” the president, Redford also said.

In his 2012 film “The Company You Keep”, Redford waxed sympathetic over the Weather Underground – a left-wing terrorist movement established in 1969 that operated in the 1970s.

His film “Lions For Lambs” framed contemporary patriotic volunteer soldiers as dupes being exploited by hawkish right-wing Republicans.  It was widely seen as a criticism of the Iraq War.  The film was released at the end of 2007, during the election season.

Redford endorsed President Obama during his reelection campaign of 2012 and belongs to the left-wing “environmentalist” Natural Resources Defense Council.

Just this week, in an interview with Uproxx, he described Carly Fiorina as “really a horror”.

The new film has led to some raised eyebrows:


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