Fahrenheit 9/11 (1/10)
2004 by Tony Medley
Anybody who goes to
a Michael Moore movie for facts is whistling Dixie. That leaves the
question, then, as to why anyone would go to a Michael Moore movie;
especially this Michael Moore movie. Well, that’s pretty easy to
answer. Anyone who hates President Bush will go to this Michael Moore
movie, and will be rewarded, because it’s full of biased, highly
starts out showing Gore winning the election, alleging Florida blacks were
disenfranchised, and then blames Fox News for Bush actually winning. It
ignores all the subsequent data, compiled in large part by Florida
newspapers, that show that Bush really did win Florida. Oh,
Then it cuts to
President Bush and Administration members being in makeup for television
appearances, leaving you to draw the conclusion that everything they say
is just for show. It also castigates President Bush for holding his cool
before the grammar school children while being told of the 9/11 attack.
I thought this showed what Hemingway would call “grace under
pressure.” But Moore casts aspersions at it.
There is one
hilarious segment in the middle about a small town in Virginia that
Homeland Security thought was targeted for a terrorist attack. I was
rolling in the aisles laughing at it.
But basically this
is a diatribe against President Bush and his family that goes on and on
and on, seemingly ad infinitum. I guess it would be too much to
hope that an egotist like Moore would actually be able to cut something
he shot and make a 90-minute movie.
It’s too bad that
Moore is such a bigot because the first President Bush is definitely
deserving of criticism for
a lot of the things he did, like killing the Reagan Revolution by firing
all the Reagan people as soon as he took office, raising taxes after
promising he wouldn’t (remember “read my lips?”), snatching defeat
from the jaws of victory in Desert Storm, running a foolish campaign for
reelection, etc., etc.
Instead of building
a dispassionate case, all Moore does is concentrate on establishing an
alleged Bush-Saudi connection in order to prove a dubious premise that
the Bush family was more interested in protecting the House of Saud and
the profits it allegedly makes from the Saudis than it was in protecting
interested in a factual breakdown of Moore’s perfidious treatment of
the truth should read the article by Christopher Hitchens, hardly a
friend of the right. Here’s a very short snippet of what he has to
describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to
promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this
film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that
would never again rise above the excremental. To describe it as an
exercise in facile crowd-pleasing would be too obvious. Fahrenheit
9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as
an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political
cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of "dissenting"
entire article, entitled Unfairenheit
9/11: The Lies of Michael Moore
may be read at http://slate.msn.com/id/2102723/.
This movie fails on
every level. Its point of view is irrelevant. Any similar film on the
other side of the political spectrum would be equally repugnant. It is a
dishonest, cruel, devious piece of invective. This vituperative film is
comparable to the mendacious films produced by totalitarian Nazi and
Communist regimes whose sole aim was to promote their contemptible
ideologies and should be roundly condemned.
Moore’s reputation is one who plays fast and loose with facts, there
doesn’t seem to be any reason to see this movie, unless you just love
to hate President Bush. You won’t learn much from it, and you will
probably fall asleep at the end, where it drags soporifically.
July 3, 2004
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