By Roger Stone

Oliver Stone
In his new movie "W" Oliver Stone departs from his usual formula of fictionalizing the lives of Presidents as he did in his movies JFK and Nixon. While Stone's handling of the George W.Bush story is largely accurate, he lets stand one glaring inaccuracy. In Stephan Forbes recent documentary on Lee Atwater - "Boogieman," I revealed that Atwater showed me the infamous "Willy Horton" TV ad and told me of his plans to have an independent group run the ad. When I told Atwater that I thought it was a mistake and that Bush would fire him if he found out about it, Atwater replied that "Junior had signed off on it." Atwater further claimed that Bush's 1988 media advisor, Roger Ailes, was in the dark regarding the effort. Thus, Oliver Stone is accurate in his portrayal of the fact that George W. Bush knew about and approved the Horton ad. Stone goes on, however, to quote W. as saying, "Roger Ailes and his group financed it." This is a blatant lie.

Roger Ailes
Ailes made the highly effective "turn-style" ad which illustrated the prison furlough program approved by Governor Michael Dukakis. The ad never mentioned Horton and had no racial overtones. Polling showed the ad to be extremely effective in elevating the prison furlough issue, thusmaking the case that Dukakis was a liberal on the crime issue. As I said in the Atwater documentary, I urged Atwater not to air the crude Willy Horton ad as it was politically unnecessary and guaranteed to bring long term criticism to both Atwater and Bush. It did. In the meantime, Oliver Stone has slurred Roger Ailes who had no knowledge and no involvement in Atwater's secret effort as approved by George W. Bush.