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'WSJ' Colleague of Danny Pearl Calls New Movie 'A Mighty Shame'

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'WSJ' Colleague of Danny Pearl Calls New Movie 'A Mighty Shame'

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The headline tips it off: "A Mighty Shame." It's a Sunday essay on the new Angelina Jolie movie about Danny and Mariane Pearl called "A Mighty Heart." It's written by Asra Q. Nomani, who now teaches journalism in Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies.

Nomani knew Pearl as a colleague at The Wall Street Journal and last saw him in January 2002, just before he disappeared. In the piece, she describes watching a DVD of the new film: "Slowly, as the scenes ticked by, my heart sank. I could live with having been reduced from a colleague of Danny's to a 'charming assistant' to Mariane, as one review put it, and even with having been cut out of the scene in front of my house in Pakistan. That's the creative license Hollywood takes. What I couldn't accept was that Danny himself had been cut from his own story.

"The character I saw on the screen was flat -- nerdy, bland and boring. He's not at all like Danny, who wrote 'ditties' about Osama bin Laden while he was investigating Pakistan's nuclear secrets and jihadist groups as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. …

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