Friday, June 25, 2004

More Reactions to Fraudenheit 9/11

Some additional reactions to Michael Moore's latest from various bloggers:

Via Andrew Sullivan, this brilliant piece by Jeff Jarvis. Jarvis is a liberal who has no plans to vote for Bush this November. However, he was at the World Trade Center on 9/11, and as a result is a firm supporter of the war on radical Islamist terror. Jarvis superbly dissects Moore's kindergarten celluloid demogogy, in a manner rivalling that of Christopher Hitchens. Here's a small sample, please read it all:

After leaving the theater and walking by the black man now shaking his head at what Moore had wrought and the people with bring-down-Bush clipboards, I made my way back to New Jersey through the PATH train at the World Trade Center where, most of you know, I was on 9/11. And now I was shaking my head. Michael Moore did not present bin Laden and the terrorists and religious fanatics (from other lands) as the enemy who did this. No, to him, our enemy is within. To him, our enemy is us. And that's worse than stupid and sad and it's most certainly not entertaining. It's disgusting.

One of the many absurd attacks made on President Bush by Moore is that after he was informed of the second tower being hit on 9/11, Bush continued to stay with a group of school children for nearly seven minutes before excusing himself. If only he had immediately raced from his chair he could have know, something. At the very least, he could have stood up and yelled: "JESUS CHRIST, WE'RE ALL GONNA F***ING DIE!!!"

Thankfully, Pejman Yousefzadeh links to a story pointing out that the principal of the school thinks Bush did exactly the right thing:

Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11" criticizes President Bush for listening to Sarasota second-graders read a story for nearly seven minutes after learning the nation was under attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

But Gwendolyn Tose'-Rigell, the principal at Emma E. Booker Elementary School, says Bush handled himself properly.

"I don't think anyone could have handled it better," Tose'-Rigell told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in a story published Wednesday. "What would it have served if he had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?"

Finally, as QandO have noted, with examples, even left of center critics who like the film are forced to admit that it isn't exactly a documentary:

From "da truth" to "an op/ed" to and "editorial cartoon" to "propaganda".

Not exactly something I'm willing to spend my hard earned money on. If I want propaganda, I can watch political ads for free. But rest assured, the left, hungering for "red meat" of any kind (I mean they have Kerry for a candidate, have a little compassion) will make Michael Moore's propaganda at least a financial success.

I can only say this again. Fahrenheit 9/11 isn't a documentary, it's celluloid masturbation material for Bush haters.


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