Review as dishonest as filmmaker’s work

Your film criticism department will certainly remain a Pulitzer-free zone if the silly, vacuous and breathtakingly superficial blurb of Robert Horton regarding “Fahrenheit 9/11” is representative. Sad to say, the review was also patently dishonest.

I think the review was silly because Horton casually asserts that the film is an important documentary, which he then virtually commands Herald readers to pay to see without a single word about the proven lies in Michael Moore’s earlier efforts. I think Horton is being dishonest because he flat-out states in the body of the review that there is no difference between the political approach of right-wing talk radio and the approach of Michael Moore – basically making them morally equivalent. Yet, more than most Americans, Horton knows that Moore’s penchant for ambushes of subjects and prejudiced editing results in a deliberately distorted production.

I hereby challenge Horton to cite one nationally syndicated right-wing talk-radio show’s use of the same techniques with such egregious, deliberate distortion of an interview or sound bite. His thoughtless, baseless charge is unworthy of a credible newspaper and a disservice to readers.

When he’s reviewing an extremely slanted documentary about al-Jazeera, Horton carefully advises readers to seek outside information to put the film into context; when it comes to Moore’s “Hate Bush!” propaganda, Horton issues a simple command: support this movie with your ticket dollars. Now! Well, I say … nah! Campaign ads are both shorter and free on TV.

Mike Reed

Everett

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