I was talking with a reporter friend the other day and I asked if said reporter had seen Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 yet (BTW, I found out that it has finally opened in the UK as of yesterday). Her response surprised me. She said she had not seen it, and that she didn’t like viewing or reading things that were so one sided. I had a talk with another person earlier in the week who said he wouldn’t see the film because he hated Michael Moore.

I was surprised by the reporter’s response because it seems to me ttat whether or not she agrees with the point of view, it would be her job to know what this phenomenon is actually about as opposed to what others say it is about. The film is of such magnitude that people refer to it as simply “Fahrenheit” now. i.e. have you seen Fahrenheit? Both she and the other person I talked to have already decided that they will not see the film. So I got to wondering, why. Okay, so the second person said he hates Michael Moore. Not the films Moore makes, but Michael Moore… as a person… someone he doesn’t know. The only conclusion I can make is that he says that he doesn’t like Michael Moore he’s not talking about his grooming habits (or is he?). He’s really saying he doesn’t like Moore’s politics. The reporter seemed to be saying the same thing but preferred not to reveal her political leanings and that somehow by going to this movie she would be confronted with information she’d rather not deal with.

My contention is that these are people who will not be swayed by anything negative about the Bush administration because they will not allow anything in, that contradicts their beliefs. There is a a fear that by viewing the movie, they will lose all sense of their own beliefs and be converted by Moore’s beliefs. They fear(2) they will be hopelessly lost in the land of propoganda. And fear(3), after all, is what the Bush administration uses to keep people in line as evidenced by Homeland Security maven Tom Ridge, the other day when he announced a new terror alert that conveniently vied for attention in the news with the announcement of a Vice Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party:

Ridge said that in addition to elaborate security plans for the political conventions this summer in Boston and New York, officials are weighing how to protect polling places come November.

(Get it! Don’t go near the polling places, folks. They might blow up!). Alas, many are so engulfed in fear that they could almost be considered lost souls. There will be no convincing or persuading them. Perhaps they will follow eventually, but anger is not the answer to trying to change their minds. Nor Logic

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  1. I can understand a staunch republican/Bush supporter not wanting to see Fahrenheit (or anything by Moore) – I’m trying to imagine how I would feel about watching a cinema screening of a documentary made by a republican version of Moore. Would I go? I don’t think so. Would I watch it on video? Yes, I would.

    As to whether journalists should see Fahrenheit, I think you’re right, they should put aside their political views and/or personal dislike of Moore to watch it.

    As for the fear campaign, you raise interesting points. I’m so glad that I’m not an American voter this year.

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