Move America Forward's Dishonesty Won't Stop Fahrenheit 9/11; Even Conservatives are Giving Positive Reviews and there are More Pro-democracy, Anti Bush Movies Coming By Jackson Thoreau OpEdNews.Com
Many far right-wingers in the United States have never been very creative or honest. Their latest copycat venture is a rip-off organization of the successful MoveOn.org of the left, called Move America Forward [to the 1950s].The organization 's main goal is to help Bush steal another election this year and keep Americans further in the dark about what their government is doing by pressuring movie theaters not to show Michael Moore 's eye-opening, award-winning, thought-provoking documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11. " MAF wants Americans to see a Pollyannish documentary put out by Walt Disney Co., which refused to lets its Miramax division distribute Moore 's film because Disney supposedly is a "non-partisan " company. But apparently, if a film emits a politically conservative message, Disney is all for distributing it. And as Clarence Page, a member of the Chicago Tribune 's editorial board, wrote in a recent column, "Yet, Disney doesn 't appear to mind broadcasting conservative voices like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on its radio stations like WABC-AM in New York. " Yet again, it 's puzzling that several Disney executives, including Michael Eisner, donate to more Democrats than Republicans, according to federal election records. I guess Disney is mostly about the money and playing it safe.
Fortunately, there are Americans like Michael Moore. And many more Americans are waking up to realize the harm Bush-Cheney and the people behind MAF have caused. "Fahrenheit 9/11, " whose site is at http://www.fahrenheit911.com , was the top-grossing film in its first weekend, despite playing in about one-third of the theaters of movies like "White Chicks. " The number of theaters doubled for the second weekend, and some six million Americans saw the movie in its first five days.People who supported Bush in small towns and suburbs throughout the country are rethinking that support after seeing his confusion in the seven minutes after he was told about the World Trade Center attacks, among other tell-tale scenes. A few companies, such as GKC Theatres, an Illinois company which has at least one official who contributed to Bush in 2004, have censored it. But a boycott campaign against GKC is underway, and you can email that company and its president, Beth Kerasotes, at firstname.lastname@example.org . Some reviewers got on Moore 's case for jumping to conclusions they could not support, but many reviews have been glowing. Even Roger Friedman from Fox News, known to be more conservative than most outlets, wrote that Moore 's film was a "really brilliant piece of work, and a film that members of all political parties should see without fail. " I couldn 't believe that, coming from Fox, but there it was at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0%2C2933%2C122680%2C00.html.
After MoveOn 's June 28 national Internet discussion with Moore, which I observed in Visions Bar Noir in D.C., one man suggested the best way to win over conservative or moderate friends thinking about supporting Bush was to show them conservative commentators who leveled criticism at Bush. So there it is. If you know someone thinking of voting for Bush, send him or her that Fox link. And send them this one by Paul Sperry, Washington bureau chief for the conservative World Net Daily, at http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=34930 on how Bush lied about Iraq.The Ithaca Times wrote an interesting story reiterating the conclusion of The New York Times that "central assertions of fact in 'Fahrenheit 9/11 ' are supported by the public record. " For instance, Moore 's contention that Bush spent 42 percent of his first eight months in office on vacation came from The Washington Post, not some left-wing source. The Times also reported that the conservative front group Citizens United, headed by Clinton attacker David Bossie, is trying to get the Federal Election Commission to censor advertising for "Fahrenheit 9/11 " by claiming it is a political group and violating campaign laws. Page of the Tribune added that Citizens United produced the racist and highly political Willie Horton ads used by Republicans against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988 and the Gennifer Flowers ads against Clinton in the 1990s. Page called Moore 's film "funny, shocking, provocative, entertaining and occasionally tear-jerking. " Another sign of encouragement is that few mainstream media outlets, not even People Magazine, have bought MAF 's lie that it is "non-partisan. " They refer to MAF as a "conservative " group.
Still, more signs for optimism include the other films out or on the horizon. "The Hunting of the President, " a documentary by Harry Thomason and Nicholas Perry about the longtime right-wing conspiracy against Clinton based on the best-selling book, is playing at theaters like Visions in DC. Other locations and info on the film is at http://www.thehuntingofthepresident.com"The Manchurian Candidate " is slated to be be released July 30 with Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep recast in a Gulf War setting. In September, John Sayles ' "Silver City, " a satire about a clueless, right-wing, inarticulate politician featuring actors like Richard Dreyfuss and Kris Kristofferson, is set to open. "Team America, " a satirical look at the war on terrorism by the "South Park " creators, has an October release. "Bush 's Brain " is another documentary based on a book with the same name about the physically and mentally ugly advisor Karl Rove. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival but does not have a release date. So what does the right-wing have to offer in the way of films, besides Disney Pollyannish flicks and simplistic Schwarzenegger action movies that stereotype Arabs as terrorists and whose protagonists speak in a nazi accent? There is a film tentatively entitled "Michael Moore Hates America " supposedly in the works by some right-winger with no film credentials whose Minnesota hometown paper described him as a "marketing writer " and found him to be so inconsequential it didn 't even get his name right. Is that really the best the right-wing can do? No wonder they have to be reduced to organizing boycotts against legitimate films. Can you spell J-E-A-L-O-U-S-Y? Conservatives should stick to talk radio, where they can just yell louder than most. Jackson Thoreau is a Washington, D.C.-area journalist/writer. The latest book to which he contributed, Big Bush Lies, is available from RiverWood Books of Ashland, Ore., at http://www.riverwoodbooks.com/books/Big-Bush-Lies.html. He can be contacted at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .