Pimping the Phil Spector Trial

Why do they do things like this?

HBO has the temerity to warn that its movie called “Phil Spector” supposedly about the trial of former record producer Phil Spector in which he was convicted of murdering aspiring actress Lana Clarkson isn’t is not based on fact.

(“HBO’s “Phil Spector” by TV & Radio critic Duane Dudek in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/tvradio/new-boss-at-wvtv-wcgv-speaks-language-of-experience-7k98n0k-199456771.html)

What, the facts weren’t sensational enough for the movie producers and writer-director David Mamet?

Here’s a link to the Los Angeles Times coverage of the 2009 trial. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-spectorgallery,0,5124683.storygallery

Dudek points out that not only are the “Phil Spector” movie makers just shameless in exploiting an actual event for their own fictional purposes, their travesty airs on the heels of much finger-wagging at CNN’s shameless sympathy for the lost careers and potential of two Ohio rapists who were local football stars. 

Dudek likened the minimizing of the rape victim in CNN’s coverage of the convicted rapists to the murdered Clarkson in the Spector trial film.

“What a coincidence,” Dudek writes, “that CNN and HBO are both owned by the same company; Time Warner.

“You can’t make this stuff up,” Dudek concludes. “Well, maybe Mamet could.”

And why to they do it? That question, of course, is rhetorical. It’s because they’ll do anything to make a buck, even pimp the truth.

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