Fahrenheit 9/11 & the year of the angry Liberal

Fahrenheit 9/11We went to see Fahren­heit 9/11 at the Fen­way 13 on Sat­ur­day night, and I became uneasy before the movie, because there were rent-a-cops milling about and check­ing bags. Were they expect­ing vio­lence? Like a mod­ern day Out­siders, with MoveOn.org mem­bers clash­ing with the Young Republicans?

There has been much made of Michael Moore, and the con­tro­ver­sy sur­round­ing whether he can cor­rect­ly claim the title of doc­u­men­tar­i­an. On the Today show, pseu­do-jour­nal­ist Matt Lauer nit­picked and argued with Moore as if he were host of Fox and Friends. Truth is, the jour­nal­ists who think Moore is utter­ly ruinous, (Gwen Ifill comes to mind), are mak­ing this judg­ment from a pret­ty skewed, “elite” frame of reference.

It is, after all, a movie, which intends to bring impor­tant infor­ma­tion to the mass­es, wrapped in an enter­tain­ing pack­age. It is not jour­nal­ism, and I am fine with not call­ing the film a “doc­u­men­tary”. Let’s call it Op/Ed.

Moore is shame­less, manip­u­la­tive, and yes, he has an opin­ion. But I sim­ply refuse to hold him to a high­er stan­dard than I do Rush Lim­baugh, Sean Han­ni­ty, and Ann Coul­ter. He makes me laugh, he makes me sick, and he presents a point of view that is total­ly amer­i­can.

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