Friday, June 25, 2004

'Fahrenheit 9/11' Turns Up the Heat ( Reader Reviews

'Fahrenheit 9/11' Turns Up the Heat ( "FAHRENHEIT 9/11,' is a guided missile aimed directly at the presidency of George W. Bush, just four months ahead of the national election.

Its political purpose is unequivocal. But here's the part that matters: Its trajectory is guided with pinpoint accuracy. With an ironic narrative that takes us from the Florida debacle that decided the 2000 presidential election to the political nettling aftermath of war in Iraq, 'Fahrenheit 9/11' sagely uses the public record, the facts and the president's goofiest statements and on-camera performances to score its points.
Documentaries aren't news articles; they're subjective points of view, which is why Moore has almost endless fun at the president's expense. (Attorney General John Ashcroft gets his share of ridicule, too.) 'Fahrenheit 9/11' obviously skews facts to its own advantage, but that's what the game is all about. What counts is the emotional power of Moore's persuasion. With a combination of events and facts that we have already learned, and some that we haven't, Moore puts it all together. You can understand the thread of his argument, even if you disagree. "

By Desson Thomson
Washington Post Staff Writer

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Perfect tone for disturbing material...
Posted by Sleepless in New York City on Jun 24, 2004
We have to laugh at Bush's foibles, or the litany of atrocities would be unbearable. Even this "news junkie" learned more facts about the last 4 years. Bush's first cousin was the Fox News exec who broke the story when GWB pulled ahead in Florida in 2000. Bush's old buddy (with him when AWOL) is a Bin Laden family advisor. Bush/Bin Laden family ties are old and lucrative in the billions. This movie is a detailed dissection of the administration's spin, and presents some hard footage about war profiteering. Disturbing images of American contractors drinking.


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