Monday, July 05, 2004

The Seattle Times: Analyzing "Fahrenheit 9/11": It's accurate to a degree

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Analyzing "Fahrenheit 9/11": It's accurate to a degree: "WASHINGTON - Michael Moore's film 'Fahrenheit 9/11' has been called many things: incendiary, thought-provoking, satirical, propaganda.
But is it true?
That's a question millions of viewers are asking as the film enters its second week of distribution. This weekend, the number of screens showing the film doubled, from 868 to 1,725. More than 6 million people had seen the film by Wednesday, and millions more will watch it in the next few days.
Political commentators have weighed in. Detractors of President Bush have praised the film for its scathing view of the way he has handled the war on terrorism. Supporters of the president say Moore has used the facts selectively to distort the record.
A close viewing of the film and a review of the record provide a more nuanced picture. Many of the details Moore uses to slam Bush are true. Others are partially true and open to interpretation. Some are clearly false.
This is a guide to some of the film's key points. "

By Sumana Chatterjee and David Goldstein
Knight Ridder Newspapers


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