This is our cover art for the July 2004 issue of The Intellectual Activist. In the cover article, Robert Tracinski discusses Michael Moore's tactics and what they indicate about the left. For example, in the movie Fahrenheit 9/11, Moore attempts to use the classroom footage of President Bush from Sept. 11, 2001, to smear Bush. Tracinski writes:
This now-famous has been touted by Moore's followers as damning evidence of Bush's indecisiveness, and the Democrats' presidential candidate, John Kerry, even mentioned it as his criticism of Bush's handling of September 11 -- a measure of the degree to which the Democratic leadership is allowing Moore to dictate the party's talking points. Yet the actual footage proves nothing; Bush is supposed to look helpless and befuddled, but he merely looks thoughtful.
This footage is thoroughly examined in the film FahrenHYPE 9/11, showing how Moore distorts the event. (A reminder to students: If you want to join many other students in showing FahrenHYPE 9/11 on your campus, go to: MusHaveInfo.com.)
Tracinski later discusses the deeper ideas of Moore's film and why one positive reviewer (of many positive reviews) called Moore's lies and deceptions "a legitimate abuse of power":
Lurking behind the glowing reviews of Fahrenheit 9/11 is an unadmitted Marxist premise -- the root idea of the left and the foundation necessary to justify propaganda. In the ideology of materialist Marxism, ideas are just a "superstructure," a "legitimating ideology" whose sole purpose is to advance the power of one group or class over another. The seizure of political power, in this view, is the only truly important goal -- and the marshalling of ideas and arguments is to be judge only by how it serves raw power politics. More than a decade after the fall of Soviet tyranny, that is the ugly totalitarian outlook that leers out at us from the left-leaning reviewers' reaction to Michael Moore.
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