Friday night topic: Unfairenheit 9/11?


— 6:17 PM on June 25, 2004

What are we to make of Michael Moore's new hit-piece film about the Bush Administration? Public figures on the left may have the most trouble deciding. Do they enjoy seeing points scored for their side and embrace the film, or do they distance themselves from the fringe conspiracy theories Moore pedals? Christopher Hitchens has made up his mind, and he has a few things to say about Moore's film. Among them:

Some people soothingly say that one should relax about all this. It's only a movie. No biggie. It's no worse than the tomfoolery of Oliver Stone. It's kick-ass entertainment. It might even help get out "the youth vote." . . . . But if you leave out absolutely everything that might give your "narrative" a problem and throw in any old rubbish that might support it, and you don't even care that one bit of that rubbish flatly contradicts the next bit, and you give no chance to those who might differ, then you have betrayed your craft.
Of course, most of the critics love it, though. Discuss.
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