Michael Moore’s 2004 Film “Fahrenheit 9/11”


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Michael Moore’s 2004 Film "Fahrenheit 9/11"
Michael Moore’s 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11 is like a documentary except it is also openly propaganda. Though it is transparently one sided it is a destructive representation of the progressive American imagination. The way the film slides in statements of conjecture among facts is corrupt and bad for liberal thought. The film was an experience in being embarrassed for what liberal notions are interesting to me. The social philosophy of Moore’s film, which is about being politically honest, is corrupted by the film’s dishonesty.
From the very first minutes when Moore states that it helps to have vote counters who will disallow the votes of non white voters, his claims are libelous in such a way...
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..... Toward the end, where likably portrayed American soldiers are shown listening to Bing Crosby sing Christmas songs one moment and then juxtaposing this with traumatized Iraqi citizens weeping is perhaps the apex of this film’s creepy moral confusion. The film maker wants to not be associated with criticizing the military while criticizing the application of the military. This on the surface makes sense until we regard the whole movie, which is a smear campaign against Bush and his party. The problem is that the smear campaign brings Bush’s corruption into focus without proving anything about the corruption. This trivializes the horrors of 9/11 and the Gulf War.
Moore, Michael. Fahrenheit 9/11. New York: Lion’s Gate Films, 2004.