Instead of being one of those people that complains about Fahrenheit 9/11 without having seen it, I managed to figure out a way to view it without financially supporting it. I already knew Moore’s angle and decided that I didn’t want to add to his bank account, which has already profitted from the Iraq War in its own unique way.
If you are at all curious about the movie, I suggest you see it. I would also strongly suggest that you avoid paying for the viewing because you may find that you’re disgusted by the overt and covert manipulation he uses. He’s the ultimate egotist and the notion that he could make a fortune and affect a national election is no doubt a feast for his ego. The film is available on BitTorrent and other P2P communities. My other strong suggestion is that you have crib notes handy when you watch the film, because if you take the film at its word, it will most assuredly manipulate you to anger. Dave Kopel, a lifelong Democrat and writer for the non-partisan Independence Institute, has a great document which follows the movie premise by premise and debunks the manipulations within.
I’ve also been able to find contradictions within Michael Moore’s own site. It’s not that hard, especially when you consider that he uses nuance to create an overall impression. For instance, the assumption that is forced on the viewer by the movie (and by ravenous Bush-haters out there) is that the Bush administration set a policy that doesn’t allow the press to take pictures of the flag-draped coffins coming back from Iraq. Despite the fact that it might be an invasion of privacy to some families that might not want their son’s or daughter’s death to be used as a political chess piece, the Bush bash crowd have claimed that this is a deliberate tactic on the part of the Bush administration to keep us all from the realities of war, as it might sway public sentiment against the war. Well, according to Moore’s own site, this is a policy that has been in place by the Pentagon for the past 13 years, well beyond Bush’s tenure. Moore cleverly has supported his premise that the “government would not allow any cameras to show the coffins coming home” without owning up to the fact that he has used the quote and footage against Bush for a policy that has nothing to do with him.
There are many other talking points in Fahrenheit 9/11 that can be disproven but instead of going over all of those in this post, I would suggest you read for yourself. It’s quite enlightening to see how this “independent” filmmaker would use clever editing and parsed words to manipulate and distort the truth.