Antonio Roman Marxuach: Coverage of ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ lacking
I for one was quite disappointed with last Thursday’s article, “9/11 movie heats up viewers.”
Not only was it timid but also poorly researched and misleading. Far from bipartisan favoritism, anyone even moderately familiar with Michael Moore’s work would know first of all that he worked on the Nader campaign in 2000. He also has, on numerous occasions, been critical of Clinton policies. This hardly puts him in the back pocket of the DNC. Additionally, the Bush family’s “alleged” ties with the bin Ladens and the Saudi royals are no more “alleged” than are Dick Cheney’s to Halliburton.
It would be more accurate to say that he is an activist working to expose the potential negative ramifications of policies that are dictated by the war and oil profiteers. It is the most egregious case of the fox guarding the henhouse. Moore is someone who understands that Americans have been steadily losing their democracy as it is usurped to the oligarchs. The oligarchy in this instance is corporate special interest.
“Fahrenheit 9/11” eloquently illustrates these points.
Unfortunately, your paper missed the opportunity to explore some of these more compelling observations. Instead, you chose to spend significant print space on quotes from two individuals who did not even bother to see the movie. Information is not unto itself divisive, and emotion is something we all learn to process to be rational critical thinkers.
I have perused the pages of the Economist. I often read George Will and William Saffire’s commentaries, I even listen to Fox News and to Rush Limbaugh — how on Earth could I consider myself informed if I did not?
Antonio Roman Marxuach
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