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Hoover Watch

I haven’t seen J. Edgar, the Hollywood movie about J. Edgar Hoover, and I don’t plan to, even though I have loved all of Clint Eastwood’s films, especially those he’s directed.  Yet J. Edgar does not do it for me, as they say.  It’s based on a lie, and a monstrous one at that: Hoover being in the closet and dressing up as a woman while keeping busy chasing communists and bank robbers and bad guys in general.  Let’s face it.  There’s nothing wrong with being gay, except when one is long dead and some publicity-seeking woman decides to become famous by inventing a story that the FBI director was.

Hoover died in 1972, and his enemies have had a field day since.  Mind you, he had many enemies.  Hoover was openly homophobic, didn’t trust Jews, and was accused of being a racist during the civil-rights troubles of the late 50’s and early 60’s.  Twenty years or so after he died, the rumor was started about his cross-dressing in gay orgies by a woman who was known even among her radical circle for her fabrications and Baron Münchhausen-like tales.  Trendy lefty media went wild.  Here at last they had the bum nailed.  Münchhausen’s word became the Sermon on the Mount.  Rex Reed, a grab-ass queen, as I like to call him, is a longtime movie critic in New York, and when the...

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