Nixon ‘Frosted’: more bad history from Hollywood
Posted by James McPherson on December 15, 2008
Not having seen the play “Frost/Nixon,” I was much looking forward to Ron Howard’s critically acclaimed new film version. Now, based on reviews such as those from Tom Charity and Elizabeth Drew, not so much.
Richard Nixon and David Frost were both fascinating characters (and both a bit slippery as well as more than a bit self-aggrandizing), and apparently the film is riveting. But like so much else in Hollywood, it’s also a lie. Aren’t we stupid enough about our history without fictionalizing it?
Ignorance of history leads to a world in which actors, liars, crooks, blowhards, political losers and overrated buffoons become leaders, television hosts and respected commentators. Yet our only hope as a nation may come from leaders who understand the real lessons of history.
For some real Frost/Nixon, see the clips below.
Nixon: “If I had intended to cover up, believe me I’d have done it.”
Nixon:”When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.”