Tintin vs. Walter Duranty, Stalin Stooge

Steven Spielberg's just-released 3D animated feature combining stories in three Tintin books had me clapping with delight as the credits rolled.  I won't spill what happens; you can read on without fear of spoilers. The Tintin books began in 1929 as a comic strip under the skillful pen of Belgian artist Georges Remi (1907-1983), aka Hergé -- reverse his initials and say them in French.  The strip first appeared on 10 January 1929 in a children's supplement of the conservative Belgian newspaper Le XXe Siècle (The 20th Century).  It was an instant hit. PAUSE -- A newspaper's political slant is common knowledge in Europe, where the press doesn't go through the motions of an Olympian "all the news that's fit to print" optic.  Tim Groseclose's Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind should make it tougher to get away with such pretense in this country.  Next year will be an important test case. BACK TO SCENE -- Hergé decided to expand...(Read Full Article)