Monday, August 02, 2004

Moore Fictition: An Update

Drawing attention to the errors, distortions, and falsehoods in Michael Moore's work is like standing before a barrel of fish with a fully-loaded Uzi. Sadly, given the mindlessly uncritical acceptance given his films and books by so many, it is also a necessity. One of the most depressing things about last week's Democratic convention was reading about the rock star status accorded the master of "fictition". He even sat in the VIP box next to Jimmy Carter on Monday night, an image that spoke louder about the current state of the Democratic Party than any speech did. Meanwhile, the edifice of lies that is Fahrenheit 9/11 continues to crumble. Here are a couple more examples:

-The liberal site Spinsanity notes that the 9/11 commission report doesn't exactly do wonders for the credibility of Fahrenheit:

In an article posted on his website on July 23, Michael Moore misconstrues the 9/11 Commission report, suggesting it supports two claims made in "Fahrenheit 9/11" when it actually sheds doubt on them.

Source: Spinsanity, "Moore's mendacity confirmed", July 29, 2004.

-Via Instapundit, I'm shocked to find yet another example of deliberate distortion in Fahrenheit:

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph newspaper in central Illinois has sent a letter to Moore and his production company, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., asking Moore to apologize for using what the newspaper says was a doctored front page in the film, the paper reported Friday. It also is seeking compensatory damages of $1.

A scene early in the movie that shows newspaper headlines related to the legally contested presidential election of 2000 included a shot of The Pantagraph's Dec. 19, 2001, front page, with the prominent headline: "Latest Florida recount shows Gore won election."

The paper says that headline never appeared on that day. It appeared in a Dec. 5, 2001, edition, but the headline was not used on the front page. Instead, it was found in much smaller type above a letter to the editor, which the paper says reflects "only the opinions of the letter writer."

Source: AP/Yahoo News, "Newspaper Says Moore Film Used Fake Front" July 30, 2004.

Instapundit has yet more links, plus this assessment that I couldn't top if I tried: "Full of hateful fiction, Michael Moore's work is the Turner Diaries of the left, and it's likely to have a similar consequence."


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