The Good News

May 15, 2008

Michael Moore is making a sequel to Fahrenheit 9/11. The plan is to have it in theaters early next year. With Oliver Stone’s Bush movie coming out before the election and Moore’s documentary coming out after the result, that should make for a nice pair of bookends while the White House is properly fumigated.

One of the best things about a new Michael Moore flick is that it allows us to watch the spectacle of TV news twinkies engaged in the unfamiliar practice of fact-checking. When the Bush administration spoons out its daily nonsense about Iraq, the economy and Da War On Terra, these dolts passively gum it down like a roomful of Alzheimer’s patients. But when Michael Moore’s latest doc comes out, they leap up from their wheelchairs and start doing research, making phone calls, taking to unfamiliar people — you know, journalist kind of stuff. All to discredit a lone filmmaker.

It’d be nice if they could do this sort of thing with people who really matter — presidents, congressmen, all those guys — but I  guess we should be grateful for anything that gets them off the gurneys.

And the right-wing bloggers and pundits? They get to remind everybody that Michael Moore is fat! It’s a win-win situation all around.

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3 Responses to “The Good News”

  1. Bill Bowman Says:

    I don’t know what it is about More that makes my teeth itch. I really hate the condcescending tone he uses i narrating his movies. He sounds like he think he’s reading a story to a bunch of Kindergartners, and I fin that kind of insulting. Also, I’m a little uneasy about some of the stretches he makes in facts (of coursxe, I can’t put my finger on one right now, but I recall that being my reaction to F 9/11). When you’re in his position, you have to knowthe right wing is going to try to tear your argument down any way it can, so does it make sense to help them do their job?

    Just my half-cent.

  2. Steven Hart Says:

    All true. And yet, it is only because of Michael Moore that we know exactly what Dubya did when he heard about the 9/11 attacks.


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