Did Morgan Spurlock Find Osama bin Laden?
Rumors are flying that filmmaker Morgan Spurlock of “Super Size Me” fame may have done what the United States government has failed to do for the last six years — find Osama bin Laden.
The speculation first began at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, where Spurlock showed a select group of potential buyers 15 minutes of footage from his new documentary, “Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?” The film follows Spurlock through the Middle East in his search for the elusive leader of al-Qaida. According to Slashfilm.com, The Weinstein Co. quickly snapped up the picture after seeing the clips.
Given that the speculation has been ongoing (by someone; I certainly wasn’t aware of it) since February and that even the MSNBC report didn’t exactly lead the papers, I’m guessing that this is just really well-done marketing hype. Come to think of it, since it took ten months for the buzz to reach me, maybe it wasn’t all that well done.
Debbie Schlussel weighs in with a detailed analysis which comes down to “Spurlock is a poopy face who doesn’t hate Muslims enough” but there may be more to it that I’m missing. Michael Goldfarb provides similar analysis but he’s at least quick about it.
Jane Hamsher is not entirely without a point when she observes, “Now, in a rational world it would challenge credulity that an indie filmmaker would succeed at a task that the US government had spent hundreds of billions to accomplish — and failed miserably. But given the fact that the administration has been running the country with all the efficiency one would expect in a bad Monty Python film for the past seven years, maybe not.”
Still, if nothing else, you’d have to figure someone at CIA would have seized Spurlock’s tape by now and used it for clues.
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