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Monday, June 28, 2004

Going negative on Fahrenheit 9/11 

So, I had an eight hour drive today and indulged in my unfortunate habit of listening to AM talk radio on the road. Now today was the day the United States handed sovereignty back to Iraq two days early. What do you think the major topic of conversation was on conservative talk radio? Of course, it was bashing Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" following it's unprecidented opening weekend. Why crow about a dubious Republican victory when you can sink your teeth into a favorite conservative whipping boy.
The funny thing was that at least three of the conservative talk show hosts I tuned in had not even seen the movie -- Rush Limbaugh, Neal Bortz and Glenn Beck. At least a few of their premises was that they didn't want to give Michael Moore their money. Well, you know what, it's not your money. It's your friggin' job to see the movie if you're going to get on the air and bash it. Put it on your EIB expense report, Rush. If you know you will spend a few hours on national radio commenting on a movie, the least you can do is see it so you know EXACTLY what you're talking about. Of course, because they hadn't seen the movie, the yakkers were getting things wrong, getting things out of context. One of the most common mistakes was regarding the Saudis and members of the bin Laden family that beat a quick retreat out of the United States after 9/11. Most people get hung up on whether Moore claims they were flown out before U.S. airspace was reopened. The actual point Moore is making, with the commentary of a retired FBI director, is that these people should have been questioned thoroughly before they left the country. But they weren't, and they were even aided in their departure by the U.S. government. I heard one commentator call this a recruiting film for terrorists. Get real. These are all arguments by people who feel there is one way of looking at the United States, and if you don't see it THEIR way, you're a big, fat, pinko commie. Agree or disagree, Michael Moore is a passionate American deeply concerned about the direction of his country, and the fact that conservatives are taking so much time to bash "Fahrenheit 9/11" only exemplifies how much it scares them. It also reiterates the true roots of most conservative media: It is not about supporting anything as much as it is about tearing things down. So it should not be surprising that conservatives would take a day when they could crow about a significant event in the Iraq war and use it to bash someone. We should have expected it.

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