Bin Laden Film Controversy

  • Aired:  01/08/13
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Since America is long overdue for a thorough investigation into its use of torture in movies, the Senate Intelligence Committee goes after "Zero Dark Thirty." (4:09)

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

THANKS SO MUCH.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

FOLKS --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

-- I DON'T THINK IT'S ANY SECRET THAT I'M A HUGE FAN OF GOING TO THE MOVIES.

IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO CATCH UP ON MY CELL PHONECALLS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

ONE FILM I WAS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO WAS "ZERO DARK THIRTY," OSCAR-WINNER KATHRYN

BIGELOW'S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILM ABOUT THE HUNT FOR DANIEL DAY LEWIS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

I HEAR HE'S FANTASTIC.

I AM SO GLAD HE'S DEAD.

[ LAUGHTER ]

BUT, FOLKS, I'M NEVER GOING TO SEE IT NOW.

BECAUSE MS. BIGELOW WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MY GUEST LAST NIGHT, AND SHE CANCELLED AT THE LAST

MINUTE, AND I WAS ZERO DARK PISSED.

[ LAUGHTER ]

EVIDENTLY, LADY OSCAR BAIT HERE CHICKENED OUT OF FACING MY MUSIC OVER A LOOMING SENATE

INVESTIGATION INTO HER FILM.

OOO, I AM ANGRY.

EVERYONE ELSE TALK.

>> SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT "ZERO DARK THIRTY," EVEN THE US SENATE.

>> THE SENATE COMMITTEE IS NOW REPORTEDLY INVESTIGATING THE MOVIE ABOUT THE HUNT FOR OSAMA

BIN LADEN.

>> THIS MOVIE SUGGESTS THAT TORTURE MAY HAVE LED TO INFORMATION ON BIN LADEN BEING FOUND.

>> I THINK HALF AN HOUR IS ADVICE CALL AND VIEWERS WILL GET THE IDEA THAT TORTURE NETTED BIN LADEN.

>> Stephen: EVIDENTLY HOAR IS WHAT THEY WANT TO KNOW.

>> THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE INFORMATION WAS THAT TRACKED DOWN THE TERRORIST.

>> AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY TRIED TO MISLEAD THEM INTO TORTURE FINDING BIN LADEN.

>> Stephen: I SAY BRAVO, SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE.

WE ARE LONG OVERDUE FOR A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION INTO AMERICA'S USE OF TORTURE IN MOVIES.

[ LAUGHTER ]

NOT IN REALITY.

WAY BACK IN 2009 PRESIDENT OBAMA DECIDED AGAINST AN INVESTIGATION.

AND A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION ENDED LAST YEAR WITH NO CHARGES AND NO PUBLIC REPORT.

AND THAT'S HOW IT SHOULD BE.

BECAUSE REMEMBER, NATION, WHEN IT COMES TO ACTUAL TORTURE, "WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW WON'T HURT

YOU."

[ LAUGHTER ]

AND IF YOU DO KNOW, WE WILL HURT YOU UNTIL YOU TELL US WHAT YOU KNOW.

[ LAUGHTER ]

BUT THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN REALITY.

THIS IS THE MOVIES, WHERE AMERICANS LEARN THEIR HISTORY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THAT'S HOW I LEARNED THAT SLAVERY WAS BAD, AND LINCOLN WAS KILLED BY A VAMPIRE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

AGAIN DANIEL DAY LEWIS IS A GENIUS.

HE WILL BE MISSED.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THE KEY QUESTION IS NOT WHETHER TORTURE LED TO BIN LADEN, BUT WHETHER IT WILL LEAD TO OSCARRRRRR!

[ LAUGHTER ]

BECAUSE THIS MOVIE IS RACKING UP THE PRAISE.

LAST NIGHT IT WON THE NEW YORK FILM CRITICS MOST MOVIE AWARD.

AND MY ERSTWHILE GUEST BIGELOW SOMEHOW FOUND TIME TO ATTEND THAT FUNCTION, SAYING

"DEPICTION IS NOT ENDORSEMENT, AND IF IT WAS, NO ARTIST COULD EVER PORTRAY INHUMANE PRACTICES;

NO AUTHOR COULD EVER WRITE ABOUT THEM; AND NO FILM-MAKER COULD EVER DELVE INTO THE KNOTTY

SUBJECTS OF OUR TIME." OKAY.

SUBJECT CLOSED!

THOUGH NOT THE SUBJECT THEY'RE ASKING ABOUT.

WHICH IS DID THE CIA FEED BIGELOW FALSE INFORMATION TO JUSTIFY THE CIA'S TORTURE

PROGRAM AS EFFECTIVE WHEN IT IS NOT?

THAT IS A KNOTTY SUBJECT THAT I'M NOT SURE THE SENATE IS PREPARED TO INVESTIGATE.

THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW IS FOR KATHRYN BIGELOW TO MAKE A MOVIE ABOUT KATHRYN BIGELOW MAKING

THIS MOVIE AND THEN MAKE SURE THAT THE CIA GIVES HER INFORMATION THAT THE INFORMATION

THEY PREVIOUSLY GAVE HER WAS TRUE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

NOW I KNOW THAT LOGIC MAY SEEM TORTURED, BUT WE KNOW TORTURE

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