Friday, September 10, 2004

More on "FahrenHYPE 9/11"

You laughed! You cried! You wanted to poke him in the eye!
(Bush or Moore, that is)

Michael Moore has duped a large chunk of the American public, again. Why not? After all, he called Americans "possibly the dumbest people on the planet". His movie is a huge commercial success. But is it a documentary or just partisan propaganda? You decide.

Documentary : [n] a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event
[adj] relating to or consisting of or derived from documents

Propaganda: [n] 2: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor
for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
3 : ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately
to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause;
also : a public action having such an effect

After seeing Moore in action in "Bowling for Columbine" I was in no hurry to rush to see his latest creation. Several of my friends did, as well as millions of other Americans. But as the critiques and reviews started coming in I knew he was just up to his same tricks again. I hope everyone who saw or will see Moore's movie will read this rebuttal and even get the DVD when it comes out.

This is by far the most comprehensive and compelling rebuttal to the propaganda flick "Fahrenheit 9/11" I've seen. Author Dave Kopel (a Democrat, by the way) describes with great detail and well sourced references "Fifty-nine Deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11" It's also coming out on DVD October 5th.

If you saw Moore's movie, you should read this. If you haven't seen the movie, read this first then when you watch the movie you'll be able to play along and spot all the subtle -- or sometimes not so subtle -- deceits, tricks, half-truths, conspiracy theories and outright lies.

As Kopel says (I'm paraphrasing here), Moore has a slick way of kinda sorta telling the truth sometimes, but more often than not he's got a very slick way of tricking his audience into thinking they were just told a fact, when in fact he created a scene or doctored a quote to make his point, and in fact, it is not a fact at all.

Say what you will about the war or about Bush. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But the kind of tripe Moore puts out is wrong. It's based on emotion and his own ideology, not fact. He hates Bush. He hates Americans. He even hates America. And every moment of his movie shows it.

In any case it's very interesting reading.

By the way, I did see the movie. I downloaded it. ;-) I wouldn't contribute a nickel to Moore to see it in a theater. If you want a copy let me know and I'll burn ya one.


Here's a little more bedtime reading if you're interested. This list is from Rush's page. I copied it here in case it goes away. I'll bet Moore wishes it would go away.

Michael Moore Lies & Distortions Documented

(Dave Kopel: Fifty-nine Deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11)

There Wasn't, Isn't, Never Will Be an Afghan Oil Pipeline!
(Unocal Reiterates Position on Withdrawal from Afghanistan Pipeline)

(NYP: Moore Myths)
(AP: Bin Laden Brother Disputes Moore Film)
(Slate: Unfairenheit 9/11. The lies of Michael Moore - Christopher Hitchens)
(UK Guardian: Michael Moore is a bully, says Who guitarist)
(Newsweek: More Distortions From Michael Moore - Michael Isikoff)
(McCaslin: Major's Mom Call Moore "Maggot That Eats The Dead")
(Sydney Morning Herald: Less is Moore)
(Ed Koch: Moore Would've Opposed WWII Too)
(Washington Post: Baloney, Moore or Less - Richard Cohen)
(American Spectator: Coalition of the Wild-Eyed - Mark Goldblatt)
(The Hill: Clarke claims responsibility)
(NewsMax: Richard Clarke: Big Part of Moore's Movie 'a Mistake')
(NRO: John Podhoretz: Spider-man 2 is the best comic-book movie ever made)
(NRO: Democrats and the Fahrenheit 9/11 Trap)
(Boston Globe: Limbaughing to the left? - Ellen Goodman)
(RCJ: Moore Lies About Meeting, Hugging Daschle)
(Liar: Moore is Not from Flynt, But From a Wealthy Michigan Town 15 Miles East!)
(Map: How Far 94.9% White Davison is from Flint)
(Pantagraph Newspaper to Moore: Your Use of Our Headline ''Misleading'')
Michael Moore: Master of Propaganda< THIS ONE'S ESPECIALLY GOOD

"Our choice wasn't between a benign status quo and the
bloodshed of war. It was between war and a graver threat. Don't let
anyone tell you otherwise. Not our political opponents, and
certainly not a disingenuous filmmaker who would have us believe
that Saddam's Iraq was an oasis of peace, when in fact it was a
place of indescribable cruelty, torture chambers, mass graves and
prisons that destroyed the lives of the small children inside their
-Senator John McCain

A Brief Look at Saddam's Many Crimes...
(BBCNews: Iraq's tortured children)
(The Pyramid of Skulls: How Saddam Hussein Came to Power)
(Human Rights Watch: Iraq: Devastation of Marsh Arabs)
(HRW: The Iraqi Government Assault on the Marsh Arabs)
(CNN: Kuwait Still Recovering from Gulf War Fires)
(New Zealand Herald: "Evidence of an Iraqi Official Acting as a 'Professional Rapist'")
(UK Times: 14 Years of Torture and Humiliation in Saddam's Jail)
(Evening Standard: New Saddam Torture Dossier Unveiled)
(Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor: Iraq: A Population Silenced)
(Gendercide Watch: The Anfal Campaign, Iraqi Kurdistan, 1988)
(Kurdistan Regional Government: The Anfal Campaign Against the Kurds)
(USA Today: Iraqis pour out tales of Saddam's torture chambers)
(CBN: Saddam Torture Videos Viewed by Congress)
(Fox News: Videotape Shows Saddam's Men Torturing Iraqis)
(BBC: Inside Saddam's torture chamber)
(UK Telegraph: Saddam's torture CDs go on sale)
(AP: Kurdish town of Halabja remembers Saddam's chemical attack)
(Insight: Mass Graves Testify to Saddam's Evil)
(BBC: Saddam's mass graves
(CPA: Iraq's Legacy of Terror -- Mass Graves)
(Shia News: Politics | Horrors of Iraq's mass graves)
(Fox: Expert -- 300,000 in Iraq's Mass Graves)
(SIPRI: Chemical Weapons in the Iran-Iraq War)
(UKG: The valleys of death: refugees appeal for Western intervention)
(HRW: Iraq's Brutal Decrees - Amputation, Branding and Death)
(HRW: The Mass Graves of al-Mahawil)
(HRW: Forcible Expulsion Of Ethnic Minorities)
(HRW: Bureaucracy of Repression: The Iraqi Government in Its Own Words)
(HRW: Background on Human Rights Conditions, 1984-1992)
(HRW: Soil from Bomb Craters in Northern Iraq Reveal Nerve Gas)
(HRW: Endless Torment -- The 1991 Uprising in Iraq And Its Aftermath
(HRW: The Search for the Disappeared in Iraqi Kurdistan
(HRW: Whatever Happened To The Iraqi Kurds?)

Facts on Saddam's Links to Al-Qaeda...
(Daily Times: Iraqi PM: "Saddam Hussein had link with Al Qaeda")
(The Weekly Standard: The Clinton View of Iraq-al Qaeda Ties)
TCS: The Iraq -- Al Qaeda Connections)
(Weekly Standard: The Clinton View of Iraq-al Qaeda Ties)
(National Review: Iraq & al Qaeda -- 9/11 Commission raises more questions)
(Washington Times: Iraq-al Qaeda link comes in focus)
(Global Salman Pak -- Iraq Terrorist Training Facilities)
(Putin Warning)
( More Connections Between Saddam and Osama)
(Weekly Standard: Saddam always had links with international terrorist organizations)

Facts on Saddam's WMDs Then & What's Been Found So Far...
(The World Tribune: UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD before war and after)
(Editor& Publisher: Times Makes Partial Amends for False Qaeda-Iraq Tie Misreporting)
(WND: Saddam's secret weapons exports)
(Insight: Saddam's WMD Have Been Found)
(Roadside Sarin: The WMD we haven't found is still a threat)
(WND: New evidence: Saddam's WMD in Lebanon)

President Bush's National Guard Service Documented...
(Byron York: Bush and the National Guard: Case Closed)
(Washington Time: Pentagon Finds Missing Military Records of Bush)
(White House Briefing on President Bush's Honorable National Guard Service)
(Rowan Scarborough: Bush's Drills with the Alabama Guard Confirmed)
(AP: Timeline of Bush's National Guard Service)
(President Bush's Payroll Records from the National Guard) .pdf
(AP: Former Guardsman: Bush served with me in Alabama)
(Boston Herald: Bush Guard Duty Facts, Not Fiction)
(FN: Bush Orders Release of Military Records)

Here's an additional one I added

National Guard years

Before you fall for Dems’ spin, here are the facts

The Gore-Won-Florida in 2000 Myth Exposed...
(CNN: Florida Recount Study Shows Bush Still Wins)
National Opinion Research Center Florida Ballots Project /a>
(Byron York: A Kooky Count – The Meaninglessness of the Florida Recount)
(NYP: Twice As Many Non-Felon Whites as Blacks Were Erroneously Removed from Voting

(Peter Kirsanow: Running on Urban Mythology)
(Florida's 2000 Ballot-Spoilage Rate: 3%. Nationwide: 2-3%)
(Rep. Tauzin: Media Discouraged Voting By Calling State Before Polls Closed)
Non-Vote Rate for White/Black Republicans Higher than for White/Black Dems)

(Florida 2000: The Political Urban Legend Facts Won't Kill)
(John R. Lott: Moore's Myths)
(John R. Lott: Same Old Myths Live on About Florida 2000)
(The Felon Franchise: A Partisan Prison Strategy)
(WND: Florida Cops Catch Democrat with Voting Machine in Car!)
(CBS: Did Networks Discourage Voters?)
(WND: Panhandle Bushies Want Second Shot)
Ridder/Tribune: Network Irresponsibility)

(FindLaw: How Florida Supreme Court Insulted the U.S. Supreme Court)
(Any Cost: How Al Gore Tried to Steal the Election)
(NRO: Media Distorts Justice Stevens; Supreme Court Dissent)
(NY Times: Study of Disputed Ballots Finds Justices Did Not CastDeciding Vote)
(Thomas Sowell: Fairness Was Not Gore's Objective in Florida)

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