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fahrenheit foolery

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:

The family of U.S. Air Force Maj. Gregory Stone was shocked to learn that video footage of the major’s Arlington National Cemetery burial was included by Michael Moore in his movie “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
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.

And:

Fahrenheit shows an interview in Walter Reed Army Medical Center with Massachusetts National Guardsman Peter Damon. Damon lost parts of both his arms in Iraq, and is learning how to use prosthetic arms. The footage comes from an interview Damon granted to NBC Nightly News. Damon’s wife says that he never granted Moore permission to use the footage, was never asked, and strongly objects to being used in the film. As of July 15, it is not clear whether Moore’s usage of the footage was illegal. But it hardly seems ethical for a film-maker who dedicates his film to the soldiers in Iraq to put a double-amputee veteran into the film without even bothering to ask for permission.

Indeed.

(Here’s a four-page PDF summary if you don’t want to browse the whole incredibly-long page.)

3 Comments

  1. Bryce and Lola

    Glad your feet feel fine. Today we’re making cookies for Christy’s Senior party–it seems like a long time sice we did veggies for your neat Sr. party. Glad your boots feel good. Liebe, G&G

  2. Steven

    It looks like what I imagine that ‘unit’ Strabo had invented for us in that online Heavy Gear game we played… LOL– and Heavy Gear was made by Canadians too! Gad dammit!

    So we’re shoving off tomorrow morning for Asian waters at o’dark thirty. Got your card with Namja felines on it -LOL, N didn’t know what to think! hehe

    Continue Battlewagon creation procedure Hargon Ock.

  3. Spikebot

    LOL re feet sex. Kinkster.

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