Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Opinion: Margaret Krome: '9/11' offers legitimate discourse (

Opinion: Margaret Krome: '9/11' offers legitimate discourse ( "Last night our family went to see the new Harry Potter movie, upholding my tradition of being among the last to see a new movie. However, I want to be one of the first to see the new Michael Moore documentary film, 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' which takes direct aim at the performance of President Bush and his administration before, during, and after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
It may not be easy for some people to see it, though. Efforts to manipulate public viewing of this movie are just one more flagrant example of how media are controlled and messages governed by well-financed and conservative corporate and political forces.

But isn't this a democracy? Isn't it appropriate in a presidential election, especially one involving a president who claimed the office without a majority of the nation's voters behind him, to have open debate about his record? Might Republican leaders be afraid of exactly that?

Spectral visions of Dementors sucking the soul out of their victims in the Potter film can't compare to the very real horror of political heavies squeezing the life from our democracy by suppressing the informed debates that are its lifeblood. "

By Margaret Krome


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