Thursday, July 22, 2004

This is scary

I now know of two people who, after seeing Farenheit 9/11 were so outraged by what they saw and heard that they are now determined to do their part to vote Bush out of office.
I know there are many, many others.
But it's "just a movie, right?", as the left defends the admittedly anti-Bush slant the movie takes.
Slant?  Yeah.  Like the face of El Capitan is a "slant".
So, for those of you still with me, I have a couple of things to pass on to your Michael Moore worshiping friends. 

That's just a couple of sources.  It's even well documented in the mostly left-leaning mainstream press that the movie makes unfair allegations, but they don't go into detail.  (And they still call it a "documentary")  These (and many other places) do go in to detail.

doc·u·men·ta·ry    adj.

  1. Consisting of, concerning, or based on documents.
  2. (n) a presentation facts objectively without editorializing or inserting fictional matter, as in a book or film.
(emphasis added)

I contend based on the content and the public statements of Michael Moore, that this is in fact propaganda (deceitful propaganda at that), and that it works on people who don't have the predisposition to be critical of what they see -- which is excactly what it was intended to do.  Michael knew he wouldn't sway many Bush supporters, he's fishing for votes from people who typically wouldn't, or have no strong feelings one way or the other.  And it works.   People who haven't been keeping up with all sides of these debates see it as a "Cliffnotes" quick-study, and walk away feeling informed rather than manipulated, and are instilled with a "righteous" outrage.

prop·a·gan·da    n.

  1. The systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating such a doctrine or cause.
  2. Material disseminated by the advocates or opponents of a doctrine or cause.


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