Fahrenheit 9/11 Notes + Sources
Read it and weep, Moore critics. The most persuasive criticism of Fahrenheit 9/11, the Fifty-Nine Deceits document, has been blasted into oblivion.
I was pretty impressed with Fifty-Nine Deceits, when I first read it, but then I started noticing that many of the so-called deceits were not deceits
at all, and that some of the sources, such as Stephen Hayes and Laurie Mylroie, have been thoroughly discredited. Other critical articles, such as
those by Christopher Hitchens and Michael Isikoff, have been thoroughly deconstructed. Isikoff, in particular, cannot even get basic facts correct in
his two articles. Finally, Fifty-nine Deceits relies heavily on right-wing propaganda sources, such as Weekly Standard and National Review.
The author of Fifty-nine Deceits is certainly industrious, because Moore just released Fahrenheit 9/11 Notes + Sources today, and references to
Moore's latest document are already incorporated in Fifty-nine Deceits.
Moore's document does not specifically reference Fifty-nine Deceits, but a quick scan shows that it addresses many of the major criticisms of
Fifty-nine Deceits. Unlike Fifty-nine Deceits, Moore's source references are all to respected, well-known news sources.
So you Moore critics need to face reality. While some of Moore's facts can be questioned and debated, he has reliable sources for most everything
that has been seriously challenged. You cannot plausibly call him a liar when he has a reliable source to back him up, even if the fact ultimately
proves to be false.
You can certainly argue that Moore uses editing, selective use of facts, and juxtaposition of facts to create false and misleading impressions. But
please stop calling Michael Moore a liar, at least with respect to Fahrenheit 9/11. If you continue to brand Moore a liar, you are just showing that
you have no respect for the truth yourself.
Really, it doesn't matter what the Moore critics do. Fahrenheit 9/11 has already grossed $80 million and been seen by ten million viewers. I
predict the final figures will be twice those numbers. Moore has finally gotten the truth about George Bush out to a significant number of people,
after the major media in this country have done everything possible to hide the truth about George Bush for the last four years.
As a commenter at Matthew Yglesias' weblog said, Fahrenheit 9/11 is like a missile flying down the exhaust chute of the Death Star. The destruction
of the Death Star is certain, the occupants just don't know it yet. The destruction of the Bush Crime Family is certain, the family members and
running dogs just don't know it yet.
[edit on 7/12/2004 by donguillermo]