CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1993
The editorial "Japan Watch--Truth in Textbooks" (March 19) was apt, but as we are quick to criticize others for revisionism, I wonder about our own commitment to historical accuracy in this country's textbooks. How many Americans know, for example, who won the fight at Lake of the Woods, the true cause of the Battle of the Alamo, what Stockton, Fremont and Carson were up to in Mexican California or how the Mexican War started and ended? How many know the geography of the Adams-Onis Treaty territory or why it was created?
September 10, 2012 |
Neither side in the contentious presidential race has been immune to spinning reality in its direction, but it is the Republican vice presidential nominee - Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin - who seems particularly averse to admitting when the facts don't line up the way he wants them to. The Atlantic's James Fallows suggested in an essay over the weekend a couple of reasons why Ryan has taken such a flogging in the media for offering “selectively...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1988
In his opinion piece in The Times (Opinion, Dec. 20), Martin E. Marty points out that the greatest danger to national security in the U.S. is lack of truth in government. I have long thought that responsibility starts at the top, whether it be family, church or government. Although we have perhaps always had some dishonesty in government, we haven't condoned it, nor have we held its perpetrators up as heroes. Not until the Reagan Administration. Reagan promised to change this country forever, and I'm afraid he has succeeded all too well.
September 13, 2012 |
It's a testament to writer-director Jim Hemphill's enjoyably chatty script and to the hand-in-glove performances of his charismatic leads that "The Trouble With the Truth," a movie that's largely just one long, real-time conversation between two people, proves such an alive and involving film. Despite taking place in only a few indoor locations - and without an excess of movement within those spots - Hemphill deftly manages to avoid the kind of static staginess often associated with this sort of chamber piece.
May 16, 2013 |
Don't be fooled by its deceptively simple title or the hesitant, unassuming way it begins. Writer-director Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" ends up an invigorating powerhouse of a personal documentary, adventurous and absolutely fascinating. Unexpectedly moving in unanticipated ways, this unusual film is a look at the complexities of one specific family's story as well as a broad examination of the interlocking nature of truth, secrecy and memory, not to mention the endless intricacies of human relationships.
September 29, 2013 |
In what may be the first recorded (and distinctly over-tweeted) perfect finale in television history, AMC's "Breaking Bad" came to a close Sunday night. Not only did Vince Gilligan's five-season, hyper-violent prose poem to midlife male frustration tie up virtually every loose end in sight, it contained the Holy Grail of all storytelling: an Actual Moment of Truth. And not just this particular story's truth, but one that extended to the beloved and bloated genre Gilligan both elevated and mocked.
July 23, 2013 |
Last year Ryan Braun successfully appealed a 50-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy, then held a news conference that basically amounted to a victory speech. There will be no such speech this time around. Not after the Milwaukee Brewers slugger accepted a 65-game suspension Monday for multiple violations of baseball's drug policy. But take another look at that presser from last year, above. After what has recently come to light, how do you feel when you see Braun wag his finger and put his hand over his heart as he scolds Major League Baseball for putting him through such an ordeal?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1998
Re "Mexico Deserves the Truth," editorial, Oct. 12: I find it ironic that you comment on an issue that only the Mexican people should deal with. You claim that the U.S. Freedom of Information Act is a model to emulate. This is the same Freedom of Information Act that has exposed the truth with respect to: the assassination of President Kennedy, the covert war of the CIA in Vietnam, assassination attempts on Fidel Castro, the death of Che Guevara, the truth about U.S. intervention in Latin America, Iran-Contra, how Panama was stolen from Colombia to build the Panama Canal, the truth about the annexation of half of the Mexican Northwest (now the U.S. Southwest)
August 23, 2002
Re the $1-trillion lawsuit over 9/11 filed against the Saudis, Aug. 16: Finally, we may make some headway as to what happened on Sept. 11. The media and the Republican administration have dragged their feet in getting to the bottom of this horrendous terrorist act perpetrated on our country. It took the unwavering courage of the families of the victims coming together to sue the Saudis--and anyone else connected to this treacherous act--to get to the truth. Joan Magit Northridge
November 2, 1986
Docudrama? As in Fictohistory ? As in Abstrarealism ? Accullusion ? Gee, what a surprise that such precise thinking as is exhibited in this silly form generates such confusion and bitterness. Let's get it right people? Are you trying to discover some truth or are you telling us a nice commercial story? BRUCE KENNEDY Torrance For more on the ambiguities of docudrama, see Page 2.