Some guys are watching Fahrenheit 9/11 today. Needless to say, I won’t be partaking, since I’d probably just have an aneurysm (I’m getting just like you, Dad).
The problem with the film is that people are going to see it and are taking as gospel truth, when it’s no more than bald-faced propaganda.
Read Christopher Hitchens’ response to the film, and note that Mr. Hitchens is hardly what one would call a member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy™. (Be advised that if you thought Moore’s film was the pinnacle of documentary filmmaking, or if it confirmed long-held suspiscions that you’ve had about those money-grubbing Republicans, you probably won’t like this article.)
Then browse around a bit on Dave Kopel’s ridiculously long page about the factual errors and deceits shown in the film. It’s a huge amount of material, but perhaps most revealing is Moore’s cavalier disregard for the privacy and dignity of military families for which he claims to be such a champion:
Maj. Stone was killed in March 2003 by a grenade that officials said was thrown into his tent by Sgt. Hasan K. Akbar, who is on trial for murder.
“It’s been a big shock, and we are not very happy about it, to say the least,” Kandi Gallagher, Maj. Stone’s aunt and family spokeswoman, tells Washington Times reporter Audrey Hudson.
“We are furious that Greg was in that casket and cannot defend himself, and my sister, Greg’s mother, is just beside herself,” Miss Gallagher said. “She is furious. She called him a ‘maggot that eats off the dead.'”
The movie, described by critics as political propaganda during an election year, shows video footage of the funeral and Maj. Stone’s fiancee, Tammie Eslinger, kissing her hand and placing it on his coffin.
The family does not know how Mr. Moore obtained the video, and Miss Gallagher said they did not give permission and are considering legal recourse.
(Here’s a four-page PDF summary if you don’t want to browse the whole incredibly-long page.)