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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Citizens Organize Michael Moore Boycott

From the Indiana Gazette:

Rhonda Goodrich, a self-described stay-at-home mom from Indiana, was outraged when she heard "Fahrenheit 9/11" filmmaker Michael Moore was coming to Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
"His movie is not a documentary," Goodrich said Monday. "It's a movie based on lies, rhetoric and propaganda."


  1. You mean like the Bush campaign?

    I fail to see how Farenheit 9-11 is not a documentary. It is by definition, and content cannot make it not so.

    Plus, shut up.

  2. Moore's film doesn't fit the Academy's defination of a documentary.

    Rule Twelve
    Special Rules for The Documentary Awards

    I. Definition
    1. An eligible documentary film is defined as a theatrically released non-fiction motion picture dealing creatively with cultural, artistic, historical, social, scientific, economic or other subjects. It may be photographed in actual occurrence, or may employ partial re-enactment, stock footage, stills, animation, stop-motion or other techniques, as long as the emphasis is on fact and not on fiction.

    Bowling uses deception as its primary tool of persuasion and effect, not facts or the truth.


    To illustrate politicians' (and especially Republican politicians') willingness to play the "race card," Bowling shows what purports to be a television ad run by George Bush, Sr., in his race against Governor Dukakis. For those who weren't around back then -- Massachusetts had a "prison furlough" program where prisoners could be given short releases from the clink. Unfortunately, some of them never came back. Dukakis vetoed legislation which would have forbidden furlough to persons with "life without parole" sentences for murder, and authorities thereafter furloughed a number of murderers. Horton, in prison for a brutal stabbing murder, got a furlough, never returned, and then attacked a couple, assaulting both and raping the woman. His opponents in the presidential race took advantage of the veto.

    The ad as shown by Moore begins with a "revolving door" of justice, progresses to a picture of Willie Horton (who is black), and ends with dramatic subtitle: "Willie Horton released. Then kills again."

    Fact: Bowling splices together two different election ads, one run by the Bush campaign (featuring a revolving door, and not even mentioning Horton) and another run by an independent expenditure campaign (naming Horton, and showing footage from which it can be seen that he is black). At the end, the ad ala' Moore has the customary note that it was paid for by the Bush-Quayle campaign. Moore intones "whether you're a psychotic killer or running for president of the United States, the one thing you can always count on is white America's fear of the black man." There is nothing to reveal that most of the ad just seen (and all of it that was relevant to Moore's claim) was not the Bush-Quayle ad, which didn't even name Horton.

    Fact: Apparently unsatisfied with splicing the ads, Bowling's editors added a subtitle "Willie Horton released. Then kills again."

    Fact: Ben Fitz also noted that Bowling's editors didn't bother to research the events before doctoring the ads. Horton's second arrest was not for murder. (The second set of charges were aggravated assault and rape).

    Moore edited together several speeches by Heston to produce the speech he wanted, not the one Heston gave. Note that during what Moore presents as single speech, Heston is wearing two different shirts and ties at different points during the speech.
    The speeches used by Moore were give at different times and locations, upto a year apart.

    Moore goes on to try and link the NRA with the KKK.
    Only people particularly ignorant of US history would even consider believing this.

    The NRA was founded by former Union officers in 1871, and eight of its first ten presidents were Union veterans.

    During the 1950s and 1960s, groups of blacks organized as NRA chapters in order to obtain surplus military rifles to fight off Klansmen.

    Follow the history of so-called "gun control" laws in the US. It's the history of racism. The first were passed in the South, after the Civil War, to keep the now free former slaves unarmed and defenseless against KKK attacks.

    Moore never mentions that the boy who shot Kayla Rolland, had a history of violent attacks and stole the pistol from his uncle, a crack-dealer. Given the nature of his business, that weapon was obtained illegally, probably from the same source he obtained his illegal drug supply from.

    Moore claims in his film that the U.S. gave $245
    million in aid to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan in 2000 and 2001.
    The truth is that it was humanitarian assistance, given through UN and nongovernmental organizations, to relieve famine in Afghanistan. The US is the largest donor of food for famine relief in the world.

    Moore can't even copy a monument plaque correctly.
    In his film he says that the plaque for the B-52 on display at the Air Force Academy "proudly proclaims that the plane killed Vietnamese people on Christmas Eve of 1972."
    What it actually says is, "Flying out of Utapao Royal Thai Naval Airfield in southeast Thailand, the crew of 'Diamond Lil' shot down a MIG northeast of Hanoi during 'Linebacker II' action on Christmas eve 1972."

    Moore is popular, a skilled film maker and a master propagandist. The kindest thing you can say about his fans is that they are the "dittoheads of the left." That would be insulting to dittoheads however.

    It is interesting to note that you have the typical leftest support of free speech as well.

  3. Whoops, wrong Moore film. Oh well, Fahrenheit follows the same pattern as Bowling. By the way, Ray Bradbury is really pissed at Moore.

    One flat out lie is easy to show. A quick trip to factcheck.org http://factcheck.org/article294.html

    Trey Parker and Matt Stone point out Moore's methods during a interview with Conan O’Brien:

    Matt: It wasn’t so much a falling out. He asked me to do the interview for Bowling for Columbine because I grew up in Littleton, Colorado. So I thought, okay, I’ll talk about growing up in Littleton, Colorado. What he did that made us a little angry is he put an animation in right after my piece in Bowling in Columbine that is very South Park-esque in its look. And I think 99% of the people who saw Bowling for Columbine think Trey and I did that animation.

    Conan: I thought it was yours until my producer told me that he talked to you guys. I thought that you had done that animation.

    Trey: No no. He asked us if we would do an animated thing for him, and we’re like, “You know, we grew up in Colorado, our parents have guns, it’s just, you know, whatever.”

    Conan: I’m wearing a gun right now. It’s just accepted. (Audience laughs)

    Trey: Yeah exactly. We strongly believe in guns. So then he kind of did it anyway. So then later when he did Fahrenheit 911, people were like, well, Michael Moore kind of lies and manipulates to make people think certain things. We’re, like, personal victims of that. So we basically decided to make him into a puppet and blow him up. (Referring to Team America movie)

    Matt: I mean, he didn‚t explicitly say, “Matt and Trey did this animation.” But he made it look like it. And that’s what he does in his movies. He uses two images together and creates meaning where there isn’t none.

    There is the fake headline from The Pantagraph newspaper Moore showed in the film.

    It shows the date of December 19, 2001, with a large headline reading, "Latest Florida recount shows Gore won Election."

    That page was never published! The headline is merely for a letter to the editor--not a news article. It wasn't on the front page either. Moore moved it, and changed the font to give the impression that it the lead "news story" of the paper, rather than someone's opinion. The letter actually was published on December 5. Moore even lied about the date.

    The Pantagraph's attorney sent Fahrenheit's distributor a letter stating that Moore's use of the faked headline and story was "unauthorized" and "misleading" and a" misrepresentation of facts." The letter states that Moore infringed the copyright of The Pantagraph, and asks for an apology, a correction, and an explanation. The letters asks Moore to "correct the inaccurate information which has been depicted in your film."

    One could politely say that Moore has a poor grasp of history, rather than flat out lying, but...
    For example, Moore claims that protestors "pelted Bush's limo with eggs." Actually, it was just one egg, according to the BBC. According to Moore, "No President had ever witnessed such a thing on his inauguration day. " According to CNN, Richard Nixon faced comparable protests in 1969 and 1973. According to USA Today, the anti-Bush organizers claimed that they expected 20,000 protesters to show up, whereas the anti-Nixon protest in 1973 drew 60,000 people. (USA Today, Jan. 20, 2001).

    Moore says, "The plan to have Bush get out of the limo for the traditional walk to the White House was scrapped. But according to the BBC, "Mr. Bush delighted his supporters by getting out of his limousine and walked the last block of the parade, holding hands with his wife Laura."

    Moore points out the distressingly close relationship between Saudi Arabia’s ambassador, Prince Bandar, and the Bush family. But Moore does not explain that Bandar has been a bipartisan Washington power broker for decades, and that Bill Clinton repeatedly relied on Bandar to advance Clinton’s own Middle East agenda. (Elsa Walsh, "The Prince. How the Saudi Ambassador became Washington’s indispensable operator," The New Yorker, Mar. 24, 2003.)

    President Clinton’s former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Wyche Fowler, has been earning a lucrative living as a Saudi apologist and serving as Chairman of the Middle East Institute—a research organization heavily funded by Saudi Arabia. (Joel Mowbray, "Feeding at the Saudi Trough," Townhall.com, Oct. 1, 2003.) Former President Clinton received $750,000 for giving a speech in Saudi Arabia, and the Saudis have donated a secret sum (estimated between $1 million and $20 million) to the Clinton Library.

    Former President Carter (who sat next to Moore at the 2004 Democratic Convention) met with 10 bin Laden brothers in 2000, and came away with a $200,000 donation from the bin Ladens to the Carter Center in Atlanta.

    Then there is the Carlyle Group that Moore advances.
    By Moorsian logic, Bin Laden has closer ties to Clinton. Bill Clinton’s former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt was also a partner. George Soros is also a major investor. Clinton's former Chief-of-Staff "Mack" McLarty was an advisor to Carlyle.

    Let's not forget his Bush/Afgan pipeline conspiracy theory. Moore mentions that the Taliban visited Texas while Bush was governor, over a possible pipeline deal with Unocal. But Moore doesn’t say that they never actually met with Bush or that the deal went bust in 1998 and had been supported by the Clinton administration.

    Moore asserts that the Afghan war was fought only to enable the Unocal company to build a pipeline. In fact, Unocal dropped that idea back in August 1998.

    Fahrenheit showed images of pipeline construction, but the images have nothing to do with the Caspian Sea pipeline, for which construction has never begun. Nor do they have anything to do with the Unocal pipeline, which never existed except on paper.

    According to Fahrenheit, Afghanistan's new President, Hamid Karzai, was a Unocal consultant. This is false.

    There are several scenes involving Oregon state troopers who patrol coastal areas in the state. The Troopers are presented as underfunded and spread far too thinly.

    But this has nothing to do with Fahrenheit's claim that the Bush administration is not sincerely interested in homeland security. The Oregon State Police are paid by the Oregon state government (which has been suffering from a budget crisis). Whatever the problems with Trooper funding, the problems are the responsibility of the Oregon state government, not the federal government. Moore's point makes no more sense than blaming the Oregon state government for shortages of FBI personnel in Eugene.

    Moreover, the job of protecting the Oregon coastline from foreign invaders is not a job of the Oregon State Police. That job is the responsibility of the United States Coast Guard and the United States Navy. For the Oregon-Washington coast, the Coast Guard has 1,287 personnel on active duty, 459 Coast Guard Reserves, and 1,600 volunteer in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

    The Oregon State Trooper, Andy Kenyon, seen in Farhenheit is also interviewed in Farhenhype 9/11. He says he never met Moore, the film crew that interviewed him told him that they were working on a different film, and that the impression that Moore gave with his footage is false. He says that he is "frustrated" that the film gives the impression that he supports Michael Moore or the views portrayed in the movie.
    He is much more polite than the disabled veteran, who lost his arms in Iraqi and appears in Moore's film without his knowledge or consent.

    This is just a short list of deceits in Fahrenheit.
    Fact checking Moore is like fishing with dynamite. It's doesn't require much effort or skill and delivers a huge return for not much effort.