We can expect conservative Republicans to attack Michael Moore’s film “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Sit down, have a bowl of popcorn and a soda, and read this brilliant response to Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.” I haven’t seen the film yet, but even so, this article is quite an experience.
I’m glad Hitchens is asking people to stop and think before allowing themselves to be swept away by the Moore-wave.
And for what it’s worth, Democrat George Stephanopolous criticized Moore’s presentation of “the seven minutes” this morning on Good Morning America. “The seven minutes” are the famously filmed seven minutes during which George W. Bush sat in an elementary school classroom in front of children, reading to them from a storybook, while the World Trade Center was attacked. He sits there, looking uncomfortable, thinking, staring into space for a few moments, while the news sinks in. He keeps his composure. He treats the children with confidence and respect. And then he departs to learn the facts and take care of things. Is it discomforting to see George W. sitting there while the towers burn? Sure. But what should he do? Panic? He hasn’t seen the pictures. He’s just had two details whispered into his ear. Moore paints this as an astonishing display of un-Presidential empty-headedness. And Stephanopolous called Moore “unfair.” I wholeheartedly agree.
And now, Anthony Lane of The New Yorker:
To jolt us out of complacency, he depends on an editing method of flat-out contradiction—say, a Donald Rumsfeld claim of “humanitarian” bombing followed by shots of an Iraqi family’s home destroyed by bombs. Is Rumsfeld’s insistence that we have killed as few civilians as possible refuted by this heart-wrenching juxtaposition? No, it’s neither proved nor disproved. Moore also gathers single shots together in volleys of didactic montage—for instance, Administration figures and Saudi ministers greeting one another fervently, or images of the President’s men being made up before television appearances, a sequence implying that the Bush people are all in the grip of frivolous vanity. But this is cheap and meaningless. Everyone who goes on television gets made up.