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'Professor' Moore's On The Case  | e-mail post

Well, now I understand. I guess the majority of Americans, including myself, who voted to reelect George Bush just did it because we're uninformed. Michael Moore explains in the UK Guardian:
Fifty-one percent of the American people lacked information [in this election] and we want to educate and enlighten them. They weren't told the truth. We're communicators and it's up to us to start doing it now.
I'm not really sure what Moore means by uninformed. Fact-checking his work is tiresome, as I discovered when I looked at his pre-election rant (see "It's a Tautology: MM=MM"). In any event, Mr. Moore, the great enlightener, says he is gearing up for work on Fahrenheit 9/11 1/2. I assume for a Michael Moore film the first thing is figuring out the catering budget.

Of course, Moore's pathologically overblown ego prevents him from realizing what should be obvious to any sentient observer: another film by Moore is just what Republicans need to help drive them into another four years of electoral bliss in 2008. (Setting aside the fact that Moore really seems to be turning this into a quixotic personal vendetta against a man who can't run again.)

While Moore's propaganda, like the work of "The Yes Men" (who I virtually bumped into and wrote about in "Sophomoric Joke? Amateurish Dirty Trick? No, Documentary Film!"), may amuse adolescents of all ages and those unwilling or uninterested in using primary news sources to help shape their view of the world, it does very little to persuade. Though subtle bias may go undetected by a good many people, overt hatchet-jobs are easily seen for what they are and rarely influence people who are truly in the middle. In fact, it usually makes people think the truth is probably on the other side, if someone went to so much effort at bias. It's basically the same reason why marijuana scare films like Reefer Madness aren't going to stop any kid from smoking pot. Of course, Moore will likely never figure that out, so again, I will encourage the left to stop lionizing him, or to at least understand they encourage him at their peril, as I have in the past.


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