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'Uncovered': Another Film From Left Field

By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 20, 2004; Page WE38

Is there such a thing as Left Wing Fatigue? If so, I may be suffering from it. The symptoms -- which include allergic reactions to the phrase "yellowcake uranium," George W. Bush's mispronunciation of the word nuclear as "new-cue-lar" and any appearance by anyone identified as a former weapons inspector -- kicked in during a screening of filmmaker Robert Greenwald's "Uncovered: The War on Iraq," only the latest in the long line of lefty documentaries that have been tromping through theaters lately. (And if you think the death march is going to be over anytime soon, brace yourself for "Bush's Brain," a documentary on White House adviser Karl Rove scheduled to hit town next month.)

Greenwald, who also made the recent "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism," expanded the original, much shorter version of "Uncovered" that had been available on DVD to make this theatrically released feature, which, truth be told, presents a convincing case for the assertion that the country and Congress were -- at best -- misled by the Bush White House's arguments for invading Iraq. The problem is that, like "Outfoxed," "Fahrenheit 9/11," "The Corporation," "The Hunting of the President" and their ilk, "Uncovered" preaches most effectively to the converted, those who already agree with its positions. And after listening to this steady anti-Bush drumbeat for the past several months, even the most devout progressives (among whom I place myself) may start to feel as if they've heard much of this sermon a hundred times before. Where are Saddam's weapons of mass destruction? All right already. We were lied to and manipulated by government scare tactics. You keep picking at that scab and it'll never get well. In fact, it can start to get a little annoying. Obviously, with the U.S. presidential election just around the corner, this is one sore spot that Greenwald and his brethren don't want to leave alone.

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UNCOVERED: THE WAR ON IRAQ (Unrated, 83 minutes) --Contains political deception. At the Avalon and Landmark's E Street Cinema.


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