George W. Bush, the current occupant of the office of President of the United States, is basing his reelection campaign against Senator John Kerry on taking things Kerry says out of context and twisting them to mean what he would like us to believe Kerry means. Bush should appreciate Michael Moore’s documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, because of Moore’s judicious use of editing to portray Bush and his cronies in the worst possible light.
It’s easy to expose Bush by putting the context back and showing what Kerry actually said. It makes the president look awfully bad, but that’s the price you pay for lying so blatantly. If he were smarter, he’d probably be a little more subtle about it. Fahrenheit 9/11 isn’t at all subtle, but it’s also filled with context and burgeoning with examples of misconduct and deceit.
Most of the content of the movie is now common knowledge, and much of it came to light thanks to Michael Moore. We lost our questioning free press somewhere along the way, and it now takes outsiders to do the job journalists are supposed to be doing. Thank goodness there are some people willing (nay, eager) to take on this task. This movie raises as many questions as it answers, and that’s a very good thing.
Since not everyone is going to see Fahrenheit 9/11, and since I watched it tonight and it’s fresh in my mind, I’d like to tell you what you’re missing. I’d like to think of it as a public service. You’re welcome.