Accuracy in Media

Editor & Publisher reports that a strong majority of newspapers in this country have run favorable reviews of the extremely flawed Michael Moore movie, Fahrenheit 9/11.  One paper that is full of praise is the Peoples Weekly World, the newspaper of the Communist Party.  It quotes one moviegoer as saying the Moore film “should be shown in every high school in America.”

A July 1st article in the communist paper began this way: “‘Fahrenheit 9/11′” turned up the heat on the Bush administration this week as Americans packed movie houses, hungry for information to help them understand the terrible path down which this president has led our country.”  The paper quoted another moviegoer as saying, “There was a lot of information I had never heard before.”

When Moore attacked the Bush administration at the Academy Awards ceremony in 2003, the paper declared that, “Michael Moore put it all out there for the world to see on Oscar night.”  Before that, the paper had hailed Moore as “America’s most successful progressive filmmaker.”  On another occasion, the paper referred to his “phenomenal success.”  Meanwhile, reports have appeared indicating that the movie may be a hit in the Arab/Muslim world as well.  Reports have quoted an executive with Front Row Entertainment as saying that the film may be shown in several Arab countries.  She is quoted as saying that Moore “is considered an Arab supporter.”

That may be a reference to something Moore put on his website, where he said about the terrorists killing Americans in Iraq: “The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not ‘insurgents’ or ‘terrorists’ or ‘The Enemy.’  They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow and they will win.  Get it, Mr. Bush?”

Referring to these remarks, Jon Alverez, who runs a website about subversion in Hollywood (, comments that Moore “has even gone so far as to praise the terrorists who are killing America’s soldiers, likening them to our nation’s Revolutionary forefathers.  Michael Moore’s film seeks to not only alter the outcome of the 2004 Presidential Election, but to also undermine our nation’s war effort.   That, in and of itself, fits the very definition of treason.”

The Center for American Progress, funded by billionaire George Soros, has distributed an email defending the Michael Moore film by saying that, shortly after 9/11, “a group of Saudis was allowed to fly out of the United States when much of American airspace was still closed.”  The Center says Moore’s claim is true.  But Moore’s charge is that Bush family connections to the bin Laden family facilitated this movement of Saudis.  Several reporters have proven this claim false.  Former counter-terrorism official Richard Clarke, a Bush critic, took responsibility for the Saudis leaving, confirming that Bush had nothing to do with it.   When the communist paper quotes someone as saying about the Moore film, “There was a lot of information I had never heard before,” he is certainly correct.  The problem is that the information in the film is NOT correct. But neither the communist paper nor Michael Moore seems to care.

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