Back in June, The Washington Post demonstrated their institutional backing for the late leftist journalist Molly Ivins by sponsoring a viewing of an affectionate documentary titled Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins.Now the film is playing in a D.C. art house, so Post film critic Michael O'Sullivan offered another valentine.
The Washington Post is not shy about branding itself as a crusading leftist paper. I received an e-mail this morning titled "Special Offer: Join The Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership at AFI Docs Film Festival June 19-23." Their "press freedom partnership" was founded last year. But the Post is promoting one particular documentary at the film festival. It's titled Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, a tribute film to the late radical-left columnist for the Dallas Times-Herald best known as one of the nation's most fervent Bush/Quayle bashers.
First came the play honoring liberal Texas Gov. Ann Richards. Now comes the play honoring leftist Texas columnist Molly Ivins, played by....Kathleen Turner? She’ll be getting her frump on. But The Washington Post couldn’t put an L word on either of these ladies.
“Kathleen Turner will star in Arena Stage’s production of ‘Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,’ by Margaret and Allison Engel,” the Post’s Jessica Goldstein announced. It’s “patriotic” to “kick ass” against conservatives, apparently.
Kathleen Turner is starring on stage in Philadelphia as the leftist writer Molly Ivins, and The Washington Post promoted the show on Sunday -- and noted that one of the Ivins-adoring playwrights was a former Post staffer:
"Red-Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins" is a 75-minute foray into the psyche of a sassy commentator perhaps most celebrated for a single word: "Shrub," the withering nickname she gave to George W. Bush, a politician who symbolized for her all that seemed wacky in the reward system of American politics.
Written by a pair of newspaperwomen -- Bethesda-based Margaret Engel, a former Washington Post staffer, and her twin sister Allison, communications director at the University of Southern California -- the play styles Ivins as a live-wire wit who, in her profane, folksy way juiced up the public discourse. (You may recall that the first of her books was titled, "Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?") And she accomplished this from a perspective honed far from the Beltway.