Thank You, Michael Moore
By William Rivers Pitt
Truthout Perspective
"The light at the end of the tunnel could be the bulb in a film projector."
- Jeanette Castillo
Screens in Bartlett, Chattanooga, Jackson, Knoxville and Memphis, Tennessee will be showing it. Screens in Layton and West Jordan, Utah will be showing it. If you find yourself in Leawood, Merriam, Shawnee or Wichita, Kansas, you can see it. The same goes for Centerville, Fairfax and Abington, Virginia. If you happen to be in Akron, Bexley, Dublin or Elyria, Ohio, you're all set. Hoover, Montgomery and Mobile, Alabama will not be left out.
Laramie, Wyoming? It's there. Bozeman, Montana? Indeed. Should you call home Grand Island, Lincoln or Omaha, Nebraska, you have not been forgotten. The largest mall in the country, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, will have it in its theater. If you are a soldier at Camp Lejune or Fort Bragg, about to be shipped to Iraq, you can see it in nearby Fayetteville, North Carolina.
These towns, large and small, along with towns large and small from sea to shining sea and straight through the American heartland, will begin screening Michael Moore's documentary, 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' beginning at 12:01a.m. Friday morning, the 25th of June, 2004. For the majority of people who will see this movie, in those towns large and small, the experience will be nothing short of a mind-bomb.
The Who once sang about how the hypnotized never lie, but as we have seen, people hypnotized by television and deliberately enforced fear can certainly support a war, and a President, which are fundamentally at odds with basic American decency. In fact, people hypnotized by television and deliberately enforced fear will feed themselves into the meat grinder with "God Bless America" on their lips.
Michael Moore's film will snap that hypnosis, but good. Those Americans who believed what their President told them because they saw it on the TV will, after less than two hours in their local theater, look at both their television and their President with doubt and loathing when they walk from the darkness into the bright light of day. There are millions of Americans who believed what they were told - about 9/11, about Iraq, about George W. Bush himself - who will come into that bright light with the realization that they have been lied to.
Speaking personally, none of the data in this film surprised me. Having spent every day of the last three years working to expose as many Americans as possible to the truth of the man they call President, Mr. Moore was unlikely to explode any shells across my bow. The connections between Bush, the Saudis, the Carlyle Group and the 9/11 attacks were there. The connections between Cheney and Halliburton were there. The connections between Enron, Unocal, natural gas pipelines, the war in Afghanistan and a little-known country called Turkmenistan were there. I enjoyed the fact that Moore showed off unredacted copies of Bush's military service record, allowing us to see the parts of those documents which had been blacked out. I found no fact, no assertion in this film to question or doubt. I have done my homework, and as was made painfully clear, Michael Moore did his.
Most Americans don't know about this stuff, and seeing it fully documented and meticulously researched on the big screen will be, to say the least, revelatory. Yes, Virginia, there are billions of dollars to be made off this Iraq war for Bush's friends. The second door on the left is the recruiting office. Sign on the line that is dotted, and be the first kid on your block to die for the benefit of Carlyle's stock options. Be sure to save your pennies beforehand, however, because the Army will dock your pay for the days you are dead. It's policy, you see.
Mr. Moore put two daggers into me with this film, the first of which had to do with American soldiers. Trooper after trooper spoke frankly for Moore's camera, condemning both the war and the people who thrust them into it. Several scenes graphically explained what happens to a soldier's body when it is caught in an explosion. The result is ruinous, and the cries of the wounded and the dying will ring in my ears forever.
The most wrenching scenes in the film center around a woman named Lila, who loves her country, loves her flag, and above all loves her children whom she actively persuaded to join the armed services. We learn that Lila has a son in Iraq, and because of that, she despises those protesting the invasion. We find out later that her son was killed in Karbala on April 2nd, when his Blackhawk helicopter was shot down. We watch her read her son's last letter home, in which he rages against Bush and the war. We last see Lila standing at the gates of the White House, tears boiling from her eyes, as she discovers her true enemy, the one who took her baby from her.
The other dagger Moore put into me came during his montage of the media coverage of the war. Journalist after journalist is shown rhapsodizing Bush, his administration and the war. Each and every one of them carried forth that which we now know to be bald-faced lies: That Iraq had WMDs, that Iraq was a threat, that we had to go, and that everything is fine. It was a slideshow of the nonsense Americans have been spoon-fed for far too long.
If you doubt this, Sidney Blumenthal's aggressive and effective actual journalism, as found in his most recent report titled 'Reality is Unraveling for Bush,' should help you along. "Most of the media was on the bandwagon or intimidated," writes Blumenthal. "Cheney himself called the president of the corporation that owned one of the networks to complain about an errant commentator. Political aides directed by Karl Rove ceaselessly called editors and producers with veiled threats about access that was not granted in any case. The press would not bite the hand that would not feed it."
With a single stroke, Michael Moore has undone three years of poor, slanted, biased, factually bereft, compromised television journalism. This, in the end, is the final greatness of 'Fahrenheit 9/11.' Not only will Americans get a sense of the depth of the deception they have endured, but 'journalists' all across the country will be forced to endure the humiliation they so richly deserve.
I was privileged to see this film in the company of three groups - Military Families Speak Out, September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and Veterans for Peace - which have stood against this disastrous war from day one. Many in the theater had family in Iraq, or had lost family in Iraq, or had lost family on 9/11 and seen their beloved dead used as an excuse for unwarranted war, and there was not a dry eye in the house.
'Fahrenheit 9/11' is not a victory for anyone. We the People should have known better, We the People should have been given the facts before sending 851 of our children to die. We the People have been betrayed, by our leaders and by a media that profited, and profits still, from the daily sale of lies. This film drove that horrid fact home with a mallet, and it hurt.
I was reminded, as I filed out with this company of heroes, of a portion of Shakespeare's rendition of Henry's speech before Agincourt:
He that outlives this day and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say, 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say, 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
Many of us were not hypnotized. Millions of us took to the streets in this country and around the world, to try and stop this madness before it was unleashed. The people in that theater with me had done this, had never stopped doing this, though their President and their media named them traitor. They were right. They were right. They were right.
Michael Moore has unleashed a wolf within Mr. Bush's fences. There is no getting around it. Perhaps, now that it is far too late, we as a nation will wake up. On the day of that awakening, those of us who never stopped standing, never stopped marching, learned to live without sleep, learned to live in a nation that scorned truth for televised fantasy, those patriots I was with tonight in that theater can pause for breath. We can sit upon the grass on a bright day, strip our sleeves, and show our scars.
William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times and international bestselling author of two books - 'War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You To Know' and 'The Greatest Sedition is Silence.'
Activists Using Fahrenheit 9/11 As An Organizing Tool
By Scott Galindez
Truthout Report
As moviegoers come out of Fahrenheit 9/11 this weekend, anti-war activists hope to take advantage of the anger Michael Moore's award-winning film seems likely to inspire. has organized a National Interactive Town Hall Meeting for next Monday, June 28th. They have already organized over 700 house parties across the nation that night and have reserved large meeting halls for the event. MoveOn has 110,000 people pledged to see the movie this weekend, many of whom will hand out fliers promoting the Town Hall Meeting.
"This movie is one of the greatest opportunities we'll have between now and November to get new folks involved," said MoveOn's Adam Ruben. "The powerful footage in this film is going to outrage many, many people. They'll be looking for ways to take action - and we'll be there to connect them to other like-minded people in their community." will have members outside theatres promoting the Town Hall Meeting and registering people to vote. Some of the activists will be in the traditional liberal hotspots. But many people in small towns around the country have either pledged to register voters or are looking for theatres near them so they can get involved.
One obstacle they face is that some theatre owners are refusing to show the film. If you live in the Dakotas or Wyoming, for example, you have only one place to see it - in Fargo, North Dakota.
One chain that has so far said no is Carmike, which owns theatres in the Mid-West. Mike Patrick, Carmike's president, insists that he made the decision purely for business reasons.
"This is in the biggest part of our season," he told the Chicago Tribune. "Business is great this year, and you think I'm going to play a documentary [instead of] 'Spider-Man?'"
"I'm not so sure that has commercial appeal compared to 'Spider-Man' or 'The Notebook' or 'White Chicks' or 'Around the World in 80 Days' and the other seven or eight pictures I have doing great business."
If inquiries placed to Mr. Patrick's theaters are any indication of potential ticket sales, he might be misjudging his market.
"We're getting about a hundred calls a day," said Kai Segrud, who works for Carmike in Rapid City, South Dakota,
The calls started over the weekend and have continued through this week, he said.
If hundreds of people demand to see Fahrenheit 9/11 in Rapid City, records for attendance elsewhere this weekend will likely be broken. With activists around the country poised to organize the huge numbers expected to attend, this will not be a good weekend for George W. BushŨ
Scott Galindez is the Political Editor of
From John Macedo Jr.
Dear Jeff,
I just got in from seeing the Fahrenheit 911 film and I have to say, I have mixed feelings about what I saw. Although there have been many negative reviews already in the mainstream media news and although I didn't care for some of the editing techniques that Michael Moore has used in the past (Bowling for Columbine), this film will contribute and help to shape and direct people's minds in the next few months leading up to the election. Hopefully, people will take the next step and start researching the facts a little deeper, finding sites like as well as several others which might help them wake up from their slumber.
Moore's movie touches on many of the questions that really needed to be asked, including the analysis of the main players and characters who are currently orchestrating this invasion that is currently going on in Iraq. For people like myself, a person who has been listening to Jeff Rense for the past several years as well as reading the works of Jim Marrs, John Kaminski, Alex Jones, David Icke and countless others who have contributed to exposing the truth about 9/11 and other attrocities these corrupt men and women have been getting away with, right before the public's eye, there was little if anything new to offer in the way of convincing or informing me of what really needs to be exposed, addressed and scrutinized. No, this movie was for the general brainwashed masses of sheeple that have been hypnotized by FOX, CNN and all of the news media outlets. And for that, I applaud his effort.
Now, if I might give an honest review of the film, one which you won't hear in the mainstream news. Moore, in his efforts to go after Bush and even those in government, (both democratic and republican parties), doesn't apply the more critical and important questions which really need to be asked about September 11th and the aftermath that we are living with now. He hints at failures within the current administration to address the attacks brought on by Osama Bin Laden as well as he exposes some personality flaws of several individuals within the current administration. This is where Moore fails however in that he places dots all over his movie, but he never connects them enough to form a clearer picture. He tells you the who and where and what they are doing and which businesses are profiting from this invasion in Iraq, but the movie is still too tame to bring about an awakening of the masses if that was the intent for this movie being made, which I don't personally think it was. With that, I can honestly see how some might criticize Moore and state that he is really working for the NWO and that this movie is really more for calming the masses as there might have been too much talk about Skull and Bones and failures with both parties in the past several months in the news and this movie might just help polarize enough people to one party (Democratic) which is better than a total upheaval by the masses as well as a demand for a better system of checks and balances.
I also had the chance to do something positive while attending this movie today. There was quite a line for the showing I was at and there were two young boys ahead of me in line. When they got to the ticked counter and the woman asked, "How old are you?" they replied, "14 and 13" years of age. As she proceeded to tell them that the movie was an 'R' rating and they had to be accompanied by an adult I quickly said, "Hey, what's wrong with you guys? Just because you're paying for yourself doesn't mean you're not with me." The young woman asked if they were and I said, "Yeah, they thought I was paying for everything today, their mothers gave them money for the movies though. They thought because they were paying they weren't with me. Silly kids." I got inside and they ACTUALLY THANKED ME! I told them, "What you are going to see today is more important than whatever else you could be doing in the next 2 hours. It's going to give you some insight to the real news and what should be known about this invasion in Iraq. I commend you both for deciding to see it." Jeff, the proud look on their faces was worth the good deed I felt I did. I pray that in my assistance to admitting those two youthful, soon to be young men, that they were listening closely at the part of the movie where Michael Moore is chasing down two Marine recruiters and videos the absurdity of their recruiting techniques, as well as when they cut to a soldier who tells the audience, "This isn't like a video game, it's not like looking through a view finder and seeing something far away. You see dead women and children right there, face to face. A man was carrying his dead wife in his arms right in front of me." (paraphrased) If they got that message, then I did a very good thing today. Perhaps they will even tell their parents what I did and they will be either angry or pleased. Either way, these two youth got a chance to exercise THEIR individual rights and freedom for information. I pray the same for all the youth these days.
That's about it for now and I thank you for covering both sides of the issue on this film, with criticisms and praises both. As you, your listening audience and readers and I all know, something like Alex Jones and others is what really needs to get out to the masses. But if you look at the bigger picture, this one film might be the pivotal point where people start asking more questions and wanting more films and information to come to light. We might very well see the guests of your program going on to make film deals that become mainstream hits as well, if the box office receits impress upon Hollywood and all the copycats who will want to turn out their own documentary hit. We have witnessed that the Carlyle group has invested in Loews now. This movie might be a check to their trying to position their influence on all future media and the artistic, creative and freedom of speech issue as well. That was one of the main reasons I saw this film today as well, opening day. To send a strong message to the media, to Hollywood and most importantly BUSH and company. That there are many who want to know the truth and many more who will be breathing down his neck and watching what he and his staff do a bit closer.
John Macedo, Jr.



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