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Thread #71432   Message #1222240
Posted By: Nerd
09-Jul-04 - 10:36 AM
Thread Name: Fahrenheit 9/11 responses
Subject: RE: Fahrenheit 9/11 responses

the problem with Hitchens' article is not so much its facts. In many cases he has no facts to speak of. In others he simply contradicts Moore, giving no better evidence than Moore does. In other cases he twists Moore's words and then attacks his own twisted version of what Moore "said."

What put me off was his venal, vituperative tone which is to my ears MUCH more scathing and disrespectful than Moore's:

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 never quite know whether Moore is as ignorant as he looks, or even if that would be humanly possible.

etc, etc.

Hitchens has long thought that because he is an excellent writer he has license to launch vicious ad hominem attacks, usually against people on the political left. I grant that, to a thinking person, they are more eloquent and amusing than Rush Limbaugh's similar attacks, but they are not much more valuable.