Wednesday, June 23, 2004
DAILY 7: FAHRENHEIT 9/11 REVIEWS; MICHAEL MOORE; ROGER EBERT; A.O. SCOTT; JAMI BERNARD; LOU LUMENICK; SCHOOL PRINCIPAL DEFENDS BUSH
ROGER EBERT: '9/11': Just the facts?
The pitfall for Moore is not subjectivity, but accuracy. We expect him to hold an opinion and argue it, but we also require his facts to be correct. I was an admirer of his previous doc, the Oscar-winning "Bowling for Columbine," until I discovered that some of his "facts" were wrong, false or fudged.
JONATHAN FOREMAN: MOORE'S THE PITY
But you certainly don't have to be a fan of Bush or his policies to be offended by "Fahrenheit 9/11" lies, half-lies and distortions, or by Moore's shockingly low expectations of his audience
A.O. SCOTT: Unruly Scorn Leaves Room for Restraint, but Not a Lot
But one thing it is not is a fair and nuanced picture of the president and his policies. What did you expect? Mr. Moore is often impolite, rarely subtle and occasionally unwise. He can be obnoxious, tendentious and maddeningly self-contradictory. He can drive even his most ardent admirers crazy. He is a credit to the republic.
JAMI BERNARD: 'Fahrenheit': A Dubya scorcher
I was in tears after first seeing "Fahrenheit" at Cannes (the final version has been slightly tweaked since then). The images were powerful - a maimed Iraqi baby, a Michigan mother grieving for her dead soldier son before a cordoned-off White House.
LOU LUMENICK: MOORE IS LESS
For a liberal who awarded four stars to Moore's "Bowling for Columbine," this wet firecracker of a film is especially disappointing.
JACK MATHEWS: Moore does less with facts
For a movie critic who shares Moore's political views but disdains his style, "F 9/11" presents a dilemma. Anything that helps convince people to vote against George Bush is good, but anything that flatters the pompous filmmaker is bad.
DAVID HACKETT, THE LEDGER: School Principal Disputes Film's View of Bush
In the Michael Moore documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," opening Friday, President Bush is shown listening to Sarasota second-graders read a story for nearly seven minutes after he was told that the nation was under attack on Sept. 11, 2001. Moore contends it was an example of the president failing to take charge. Emma E. Booker Elementary School Principal Gwendolyn Tose-Rigell, who was at Bush's side most of the morning, is not buying Moore's version. "I don't think anyone could have handled it better," ToseRigell said this week. "What would it have served if he had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?"[...]
Tose-Rigell said she didn't vote for Bush. "But that day I would have voted for him." She plans to publish her account of the fateful morning from pages she wrote in her journal in the hours following the attack. She said she may see "Fahrenheit 9/11," but she doesn't expect it to change her view of what happened at the elementary school on Sept. 11. "Seeing somebody's version who wasn't there is like asking a blind man to paint for me," she said. "There is nothing anyone can tell me to change my perspective, because I was there."
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You may also want to check out Michael Moore Hates America, Moore Watch and (another link to Moore Watch), and Michael Moore Lies. Here are 2 rebuttals to Bowling for Columbine, by Interior Department lawyer David Hardy and Bowling for Truth