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Moonbeam_Starlight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-27-04 05:24 PM
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Has anyone seen this editorial about F911?
http://www.opednews.com/wade_062604_blocking_fahrenheit...

First four paragraphs (they are long and damn good):

Fahrenheit 9/11: Why the Far Right is Trying to Keep Americans From Seeing It and the Lies, Frauds and Deceptions They're Using

By Anthony Wade

OpEdNews.com

Is there any doubt left in America about the shamelessness on the right? I have read all week long about Michael Moores new film Fahrenheit 911. I read about how there was a Republican PR machine behind a bogus grass roots website that was making threats to theater owners. I read, and responded to, a ridiculous hatchet job by Christopher Hitchens. I read about how there is now a documentary being made called Michael Moore Hates America. I thought, wow, there is really going to be a split in this country over this documentary. Now that I have seen it I am left wondering only one thing. How in the world can any reasonable thinking person see this movie and not be completely stirred, and wish to move toward changing the road we have gone down over the past three years?

I have heard the arguments and they simply do not fly in the face of the realities of this picture. Is this propaganda? The dictionary defines propaganda as information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause. Michael Moore has made it abundantly clear that his goal is to enlighten people to the corruption of this administration, in the hopes of regime change, starting at home. To that end, this movie is, no doubt, propaganda. However, so are the attempts to smear him, the attempts to use McCain-Feingold to shut down the advertisement of this film, and all of the rhetoric coming out from the right, who despicably are using the soldiers for their political benefit. Propaganda is at the heart of all things political. Does that mean the movie loses value? Of course not, that would be silly.

The issue then becomes, is the movie accurate? Do the Saudis own 7% of this country? Does the Presidents family have deep ties to the Bin Laden family? Did the President arrange for the Bin Laden family to be flown out of this country on 09/13, while there was a ban on flights, and then lie about it for two years? Have they made the billions of dollars from the Saudis that Moore asserts? Did the Taliban meet with GW Bush in the late 90s to discuss a pipeline through Afghanistan? Did GW Bush sit in that classroom reading My Pet Goat while we were under attack? Did he use macho tag lines, while soldiers were dying, such as bring em on and were gonna smoke em out? Did the White House really turn over the Presidents military records with the name of James Bath crossed out with marker? Did the Patriot Act get passed without being read? Did that mother lose her son in Iraq? Did those children die, and are they still dying in Iraq? Did Halliburton make billions upon billions of dollars in no-bid contracts from this war? Did Dick Cheney used to run Halliburton? Is that profiting, from a war, which some are calling war profiteering? Was the man GW Bush named to run Afghanistan, Hamid Karzi, a consultant for Unocal, the same company that wanted that infamous pipeline? Is there more than one Senator who has a kid in Iraq right now? Did Bush spend 42% of his first year on vacation? Did he not read the intelligence briefings, which may have tipped him off to 9-11? Were the soldiers lied to about how long they would be in Iraq? Is the predatory nature of recruitment for the armed services aimed at minorities and the poor? These are just some of the facts asserted in this movie and I challenge anyone to actually prove any of these wrong. I understand that the right desperately wants to prevent the American people to connect the dots, but that does not take away from the credibility of the film. They can parse words and confuse the issues but at the end of the day, these are facts and they are not disputable.

Having established that it is propaganda, as is everything in politics and that this movie deals with the truth, where does that leave us? It leaves us wondering why there are so many people on the right who are trying so hard to minimize the amount of people seeing this movie. To summarize:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-27-04 05:31 PM
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1. This is wonderful ..thank you!
"This movie is not anti-soldier, it is anti-war profiteering. There are a lot of people mobilizing to prevent you from hearing that message. They stand to make a lot more money from these wars continuing. They think if they wrap themselves up in the soldiers, smear Moore as unpatriotic man who hates America, then they can keep you from seeing the truth. It is time for you to stand up and say that you can make your own mind up"
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fdr_hst_fan Donating Member (853 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-27-04 05:31 PM
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2. No, I hadn't,
but thanks a million! I really apprreciate it!
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Stevendsmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-27-04 05:33 PM
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3. Great article.
Thanks.
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scarletlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-27-04 05:40 PM
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4. good article
well worth reading
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-27-04 05:41 PM
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5. I explained to the "R" I took with me to the movie..
after the "R" said, why did he make this movie?

Just to bash Bush?

I said, "NO! To educate the 'sheep' willing to go to slaughter, in his name." I thought those words were the most polite way of letting the "R" think about what they had just seen, and come to an intelligent (face saving) conclusion on their own..
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Prodemsouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-27-04 05:44 PM
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6. Great editorial
thanks
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-27-04 05:44 PM
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7. one thing I disagree with in the op-ed is the statement that
One thing I disagree with in the op-ed is the statement that if Citizen's United succeeds in barring ads for the movie, that won't take place for 2 months.

McCain-Feingold advertising rules apply to 60 days before an election and 30 days before a convention.

The Democratic Convention is about 30 days away now.

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morgan2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-27-04 05:48 PM
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8. good editorial
in reference to the Saudis owning 7% of the United States economy, I wonder what percentage the bottom 25% of the US owns of the economy. I'd say definately below 10%.
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Imalittleteapot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-27-04 05:49 PM
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9. Thanks for this oped.
Great read.
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mike1963 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-27-04 05:49 PM
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10. Good one. I just sent him a note of encouragement and thanks at
karac1967@hotmail.com

(the email addr is in his piece so I'm not disclosing anything covertly)
;-)
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