MSM Lie #46 - North Country, Anita Hill and the reverse chronology strategy
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Warner Brothers' new movie "North Country" is based on the true story of female miners that sued the mine operator in northern Minnesota over sexual harrassment. The lawsuit began in the 1980's, but that didn't stop the movie makers from claiming that Anita Hill served as the inspiration for the suit. As the New York Post reviewer wrote:
Inspired by Anita Hill's testimony at the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Josey talks Bill, a local hockey-hero-turned-lawyer (Woody Harrelson, in his best work in years) into mounting a lawsuit. And like Hill, Josey is confronted by the mine owner's "nuts and sluts" defense that focuses on her own sexual past.
The problem is, the Anita Hill episode did not occur until six years after the lawsuit upon which the movie is based began.
Since I have not seen the film, it is unclear to what extent the lie occurs in the movie or is embellished by the Post reviewer, Lou Lumenick. Powerline places the blame with the movie itself.
Powerline also mentions another falsehood inherent in the Hill comparison.
And, by the way, what's this about Anita Hill being "confronted" by a "defense" that "focuse[d] on her own sexual past"? I don't remember hearing anything about her sexual past; the defense put forward by Thomas and his supporters was that she was a liar, which the evidence seemed to show pretty convincingly.
A key tactic in the MSM/DNC's campaign against President Bush and America is to blur and reverse chronology. Those who receive their news only from the major networks tend to forget that terrorism began years before George Bush took office. Only by ignoring terrorism that occured prior to 2001 can the MSM/DNC blame all terrorism on George Bush' invasion of Iraq.
By the same token, MSM/DNC obviously believes it to be an important goal to reverse the order of events related to sexual harrassment litigation. By giving Anita Hill credit for the events in "North Country," Hill becomes a martyr and no one remembers that those events predated Hill's notoriety.