Moore is Less: Hitchens on 911

Whoa, daddy! Christopher Hitchens, no conservative, trashes Michael Moore:

To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never again rise above the excremental. To describe it as an exercise in facile crowd-pleasing would be too obvious. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of “dissenting” bravery.

I don’t agree with Hitchens on everything; he is possessed of a smug self-righteousness that at times makes him insufferable. But there is no denying his intellectual power and his gift with the written word, and in this case I think he uses those talents to good effect.

If there is one line from Hitchens’ review that summarizes Fahrenheit 911, it is this:

I don’t think Al Jazeera would, on a bad day, have transmitted anything so utterly propagandistic.

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