Fahrenheit 9/11

05.17.04

CP slobbers over Michael Moore‘s film Fahrenheit 9/11, a “documentary” (and I use that term loosely) that seeks to blame the Bush family for September 11th:

As promised, Michael Moore lit a powder keg Monday at the Cannes Film Festival: His incendiary Fahrenheit 9/11 riled and disturbed audiences with a relentless critique of the Bush administration in the post-Sept. 11 world.

If Moore can get the movie into U.S. theatres this summer as planned, the title Fahrenheit 9/11 could become a rallying cry in the fall election for voters hoping to see Democratic challenger John Kerry defeat President George W. Bush.

The article goes on to basically worship Moore and buy all of his lies hook line and sinker, including the whopper about Disney blocking its distribution. It also pays little heed to Moore’s critics:

Yet Moore – the provocateur behind the Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine, which dissected American gun culture – packages his anti-Bush message in a way that provokes both laughs and gasps.

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Even those skeptical of Moore, who has drawn criticism that he skews the truth to fit his arguments, were impressed.

“I have a problematic relationship with some of Michael Moore’s work,” said James Rocchi, film critic for DVD rental company Netflix, saying he found Moore too smug and stunt-driven in the past. “There’s no such job as a standup journalist.”

Yet in Fahrenheit 9/11, Moore presents powerful segments about losses on both sides of the Iraq war and the grief of American and Iraqi families, Rocchi said.

“This film is at its best when it is most direct and speaks from the heart, when it shows lives torn apart,” Rocchi said.

Oh, spare me.

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