Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

Or tell me big, ugly ones like Michael Moore has. This article seems to really be making the rounds, and rightly so. It’s a thoughtful critique of "Fahrenheit 9/11" written by a fellow who’s left of center. Now don’t go thinking I like everything this guy has to say. He also wrote a diatribe against Mother Teresa called "The Missionary Position". Even so, it’s worth taking a look at a criticism of F 9/11 that didn’t come from the right.

Unfairenheit 9/11
The lies of Michael Moore.
By Christopher Hitchens
Posted Monday, June 21, 2004, at 12:26 PM PT

One of the many problems with the American left, and indeed of the American left, has been its image and self-image as something rather too solemn, mirthless, herbivorous, dull, monochrome, righteous, and boring. How many times, in my old days at The Nation magazine, did I hear wistful and semienvious ruminations? Where was the radical Firing Line show? Who will be our Rush Limbaugh? I used privately to hope that the emphasis, if the comrades ever got around to it, would be on the first of those and not the second. But the meetings themselves were so mind-numbing and lugubrious that I thought the danger of success on either front was infinitely slight.

In contrast, I offer the following pro-Moore propaganda.

Turn Up the Heat: A National Town Meeting on Fahrenheit 9/11

Michael Moore’s new film Fahrenheit 9/11 is an incredibly powerful movie that lays bare the cynicism and greed behind Bush’s war policy. The astonishing and revealing footage in it has the power to change the course of the 2004 election. Millions of Americans will walk out of this movie angry at how George W. Bush has botched the fight against terrorism, deceived the American people, enriched his corporate cronies, and endangered lives around the globe.

Help Fahrenheit 9/11 Moviegoers Turn Up the Heat:
Leaflet at Film Screenings

Beginning this Friday, June 25, millions of Americans will get an eye-opening education about the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks when they turn out in droves to see Michael Moore’s new film Fahrenheit 9/11. Moore’s movie has great educational potential – but education about our government’s actions is only the first step toward changing harmful policies. Help F 9/11 moviegoers take the next step by distributing special action leaflets produced by United for Peace and Justice, CODEPINK, and Global Exchange for the occasion. Or, distribute some of our new August 29 RNC Protest leaflets and help build a massive turnout against the Bush Agenda at the Republican National Convention.