Hitchens on F9/11: ‘Rewriting of Recent History’

Michael MooreChristopher Hitchens over at Slate has a truly scathing review of Michael Moore’s new movie Fahrenheit 9/11 Here’s some choice qoutes from his article, “Unfairenheit 9/11: The lies of Michael Moore”:

Invasion of Iraq:

Watching the clips Moore uses, and recalling them well, I can recognize various Saddam palaces and military and police centers getting the treatment. But these sites are not identified as such. In fact, I don’t think Al Jazeera would, on a bad day, have transmitted anything so utterly propagandistic.

9/11 attacks:

Indeed, Moore’s affected and ostentatious concern for black America is one of the most suspect ingredients of his pitch package. In a recent interview, he yelled that if the hijacked civilians of 9/11 had been black, they would have fought back, unlike the stupid and presumably cowardly white men and women (and children). Never mind for now how many black passengers were on those planes–we happen to know what Moore does not care to mention: that Todd Beamer and a few of his co-passengers, shouting “Let’s roll,” rammed the hijackers with a trolley, fought them tooth and nail, and helped bring down a United Airlines plane, in Pennsylvania, that was speeding toward either the White House or the Capitol. There are no words for real, impromptu bravery like that, which helped save our republic from worse than actually befell.

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To him, easy applause, in front of credulous audiences, is everything.

“Unfairenheit 9/11: The lies of Michael Moore” [Slate]

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