Originally Posted by Dd714
You will probably get many more responses in the political section, lots of Michael Moore haters (and probably fans) in there.
There are alot of web sites also devoted for and against him. The biggest complaint seems to be his ability to take things out of context, edit interviews to his favor, and baiting interviewees so at to distort the results. But as far as his outright lies go - check this out, haven't looked at it in detail. The 59 deceits in Farhenheit 911. Im actually suprised they only found 59
Fifty-nine Deceits in Fahrenheit 911, Dave Kopel, Independence Institute (http://www.davekopel.com/Terror/Fiftysix-Deceits-in-Fahrenheit-911.htm - broken link)
Dave Kopel quote:
Although the evidence in this report demonstrates dozens of plain deceits by Moore, there are some “deceits” in this report regarding which reasonable people may disagree. So if you find me unpersuasive on, for example, three alleged deceits, consider this article to have identified “Fifty-six Deceits” rather than fifty-nine. Whether or not you agree with me on every single item, I think you will agree that the evidence is undeniable that Fahrenheit 9/11 is filled with deceit.
To me, Moore's works are more opinion pieces than documentaries.
I'd like to see Kopel, of the highly conservative Independence Institute, scrutinize Ann Coulter's stuff as carefully as he does Moore's, ya know what I mean?
There is no doubt in my mind that Moore carefully selects, edits, and insinuates false events or even distorts true ones, and I wish he didn't.
I understand that just because something is called a documentary, this does not mean everything depicted is the absolute truth.
Rather than documentaries, I wish he called his films Moore Creations, something along the lines of a Spike Lee "Joint."
I went to the Bowling for Columbine premiere and heard Moore speak.
His speech was simple and to the point--it was good.
Richard Castaldo, who was wounded and permanently paralyzed at Columbine, appeared and said a few words; his speech underscored the main thrust (which I believe to be true) of BFC, the culture of fear in America and the harm it does to all of us.
Moore does not need to *always* do so much dramatic staging; I get the feeling he really enjoys it, though.
Fahrenheit 9/11 would have served better by being less partisan.
No End in Sight
offers no clear answers, but does offer cold, relentless, grim truths of incompetence and chaos. The research shows.