Blinded By the Right

Jun 222004
Authors: Joe Marshall

Silly Republicans, the choice is not yours.

Conservatives across America are rallying against the Friday

release of Michael Moore’s newest documentary, “Fahrenheit 9/11,”

claiming it is a dangerous piece of anti-Bush propaganda.

After Disney Corp.’s unsuccessful attempt to block the movie’s

release by refusing to distribute the picture, grassroots

conservative groups have begun organizing public boycotts of

“Fahrenheit 9/11” in addition to letter-writing campaigns to local

theaters urging them not to show the movie.

As a result, movie theaters are beginning to hire security

guards for next weekend and Moore’s movie has received a truly

priceless amount of publicity in the fortnight leading up to the

June 25 release date.

I would like to personally thank every single American feeling

compelled to shield me from the conglomerate of horrors and

heretics some refer to as liberal ideology. Surely I am not

intellectually or morally capable of deciphering fact from


Criticism of Moore’s journalistic style abounds in the press,

and liberals as well as conservatives have accused the filmmaker of

giving his work extra political slant by editing people out of

context and not presenting an objective view of the topics he

examines. This is, admittedly, a deserved criticism. In the 2001

film, “Bowling for Columbine,” for example, Moore virtually

interrogated a frail Charlton Heston, even though he was suffering

from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Conservative leaders and activists fear Moore will put this same

slant on the Bush administration. Out of an apparent moment of

doubt as to the ability of everybody else to separate fact from

fiction or out of personal surety, have decided it would be best if

nobody saw the film.

The “right” describes Moore’s anti-war/anti-Bush stance as

un-American because Moore is openly contesting both the war and the

government. He is seen as a rabble-rouser, and conservatives are

relentless in their accusation that the timing of this film’s

release is politically motivated.

Duh. Even Moore concedes this is true, and even goes as far as

to say he made this movie with the intention of influencing the

election. He says the film is aimed at the disillusioned masses and

is intended to stir them to action.

“It ignites a fire in people who had given up,” Moore said of

his film in the New York Times.

The June 20 Times review of “Fahrenheit 9/11” made note of

Moore’s checkered past, but the reviewer concluded nonetheless that

” the central assertions of fact in ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ are supported

by public record.”

The first documentary to win top price at the Cannes film

festival since Jacques Cousteau’s “The Silent World” in 1956,

“Fahrenheit 9/11” chronicles the blunders of the Bush

administration from the 2000 election to the invasion of Iraq in


The film accuses the Bush administration of ignoring warnings of

an impending terrorist attack during the summer of 2001 and using

the attacks as a shallow justification for invading Iraq. He also

accuses Bush of being an incompetent head of state and calls into

question the President’s personal and financial commitments to many

prominent Saudi Arabians, including the bin Laden Family.

Republicans dismiss the connections and accusations made by

Moore as petty partisan propaganda, and use this label as rationale

explaining why the picture shouldn’t be released.

Since when has propaganda been illegal? Did President Bush not

land on an aircraft carrier on the taxpayer’s dime and declare an

end to “major” combat last May, only to have almost 1,000 Americans

die since? How about anti-drug commercials on TV, or even the

multi-colored “Terror Alert Level”?

In a free society, especially a capitalist one, propaganda

saturates everything. People are allowed to say and do what they

please. However, they can decide for themselves what they believe

and how they feel about a given situation.

It is when the flow of ideas becomes controlled and communicated

by a single, self-righteous group that the power of propaganda

begins to pose a serious threat to individual thought.

The question I would like to pose to the “right” is this: What

is more un-American – standing up for what you believe is right or

not giving your neighbors the opportunity to decide what is right

for themselves?

Until the “moral majority” stops telling me what movies I should

not see, I will refer to them by what I feel is a more fitting


The un-Democrats.

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