Friday, July 23, 2004

Mother emailed to get my opinion of Michael Moore and Fahrenheit 9/11.  She asked because some local radio DJ in Fredericton had seen the movie and was vociferously proclaiming how lucky Canada was vis-à-vis the US, as George W Bush is such an evil person, blah, blah, blah…

I don’t want to waste much space blogging about that bloated moron Michael Moore, especially since so many others have done the heavy lifting in eloquently debunking his so-called “documentaries” (see www.moorelies.com and http://www.moorewatch.com/, to start).  In a nutshell, I believe Moore is a sick propagandist who preys on the intellectual apathy of the average filmgoer.

Most people who have at least a passing familiarity with Moore know him from his documentary Roger & Me, wherein he stalks the former Chairman of General Motors to find out why GM closed an auto plant in Moore’s hometown of Flint, Michigan.  It was a poignant, funny movie that resonated with many people.  The problem, though, was that upon closer examination the film could hardly be considered a “documentary” by any means.  Moore mastered the techniques of creative and selective editing to demonize the people with whom he disagreed, without any regard for the truth.  Each of the movies that followed Roger & Me have the same veracity problem. 

By and large, the people who’ve seen his films aren’t exposed to the litany of lengthy, well-documented rebuttals, which focus on the numerous inaccuracies, omissions, and outright lies Moore flagrantly exposes on screen.  The result is a passive audience effectively handing their minds over to a propagandist, absorbing one-sided arguments based on falsehoods.  It’s all very sad and troubling.  Doubly so when one considers that the lies and meandering conspiracy theories showcased in Fahrenheit 9/11 will be weighed seriously by some voters come November.

Moore is not a stupid man.  Far from it; his unprecedented success as an antagonist filmmaker proves that.  He does, however, espouse a world view that is unquestionably stupid and illogical.  Why else would he have to resort to such deceitful cinematic tactics in order to convince the audience that his argument is valid and true?

So, there it is, Mom.  That’s what I think of Michael Moore and Fahrenheit 9/11.


1 Comments:

At 7/23/2004 11:10 AM, Blogger BACdanielle said...

Well said Ace! That sort of intellectual apathy -- the type that lulls people into thinking that guys like Howard Stern, Jon Stweart and Bill Mahr are in fact casting the news -- is deeply troubling. The will be the same folks who if, God forbid, terrorist strike again will wonder, "Why didn't our president protect us?"

 

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