Dick Cheney's Stenographers

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Hank Stuever at The Washington Post looks at the new documentary The World According to Dick Cheney, and finds it wanting:

The film, fresh from Sundance and having its television premiere Friday night on Showtime, is a sturdy but ultimately stifled exercise in the most polite methods of interrogation -- to which its subject is entirely immovable and not prepared to surrender anything, even a smile. The lone artistic move in "The World According to Dick Cheney" is to hire actor Dennis Haysbert as narrator -- the voice of Allstate insurance, presently, but, more important, the fictional president of the earliest seasons of Fox's "24," a show that absorbed some of our culture's excess panic attacks about counterterrorism, torture and general millennial doom. Here, Haysbert's voice is a nostalgic touch in a film that badly needs any help it can get to keep the viewer engaged.
I don't know that Dick Cheney has had a rough interview since leaving office. Reporters have mostly been awed by the spectacle of Cheney attacking Obama, and have given him the mic. At the same time I am sure Cheney has been fairly smart about selecting who he will talk to and who he will not. In fairness, I should note The Post's series Angler was hard-hitting, high-level journalism.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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