Friday, September 17, 2004

The Toronto Star : A right-wing American publisher is trying to save the world from Michael Moore

California-based World Ahead Publishing is offering to exchange copies of Moore's controversial film, Fahrenheit 9/11, which comes out on DVD on Oct. 5, for a copy of its latest book, Thank You President Bush: Reflections on the War on Terror, Defense of the Family, and Revival of the Economy.

"In urban areas, city leaders periodically sponsor gun `buy-back' programs to help reduce gun violence," the publishing company said in a release leaked to the Star last night. "Similarly, the Fahrenheit 9/11 DVD Buy-Back program is designed to protect Americans from harm, especially young children who might accidentally slip this dangerous propaganda into the living room DVD player.

"The book, which the publisher says "focuses on the facts," including chapters discussing George W. Bush's first term in office written by the president's brother, Jeb Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, the U.S. attorney general, John Ashcroft, former members of the Reagan administration and commentators such as James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, an American pro-life lobby.

"Moore's work isn't a documentary. It's a dangerous weapon that shouldn't be left lying around the house," said Aman Verjee, co-editor of the anthology.

"Send us your DVD with Moore's lies and we'll give you the truth on President Bush's record and policies. We want to give people who unsuspectingly buy Moore's propaganda a chance to trade it in for a book that's positive and insightful."The Star did not reach Moore for comment last night.

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