July 3, 2004

Another Pseudo-Objective

I have been out of the loop on the entire Farenheit 9/11 film, but wanting to catch up I did a little reading, and this article by Randor Guy was the first pick on Google. First pick? Even algorithms should have better taste.

The article doesn't even start out well. "Never in the history of motion pictures in America has so much controversy been generated by a single movie, a documentary, as has Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11'. "

What about Citizen Kane? The Passion of the Christ?

And then Randor Guy goes from bad to worse.

Exhibit A:
Articles should not contain exclamation points!!!

"He [Moore] went even to the extent of calling Americans, ‘idiots’ for assuming many things about themselves like ‘world supremacy’, which according to him are all just hot air!"

Exhibit B:

Statements of blatant support of the subject.

"With the thumping success of Fahrenheit 89/11 Michael Moore has emerged as a formidable social commentator and crusader against the American establishment. And also as a cult figure in America."

Expressions, such as "thumping success," "crusader against the American establishment," and "cult figure" inspire both awe and a certain cool factor, which the author connects to Moore. These expressions could easily have a counterpoint, which automatically disqualifies the entire article as news.

Still, the article is listed under news, rather than editorial. Pseudo-objective by placement, but not by content. I hope that readers are intelligent enough not to trust this Guy.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at July 3, 2004 11:42 AM

While I haven't seen the film yet, I plan on seeing it eventually. However, I recommend that if you plan on seeing it in the theaters, do the following (as suggested by Glenn Beck on his radio program)

Go to the theaters and buy a ticket for something else, and then sneak in to Fahrenheit. I would feel terrible if I actually gave that guy more money. Especially if I'm watching a 2 hour movie that will do nothing but piss me off.

May I recommend www.michaelmoorehatesamerica.com

Posted by: Mike Rubino at July 3, 2004 1:19 PM

I am very excited to go see Farenheit 9/11.. which I probabley will see it tomorrow. Since I've been dating a guy who was shipped to Iraq, the situation has brought me closer to our country and why I thank myself for being a democratic. After I see it tomorrow, I will write a review on it. I am so excited!! :)

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at July 3, 2004 1:49 PM

citizen is not a documentary.... !read the article again with care,madam!

randor guy

Posted by: RANDOR GUY at November 19, 2004 11:23 PM

Although I contest that _Citizen Kane_ was based in a very closely--almost documenting--the life of William Randolph Hearst (that Orsen Welles was trying to critique through the film), I will say that that point really isn't the point of this blog, Randor Guy.

If this really is THE RANDOR GUY, then I hope to press you to write in a more objective manner, no matter if it is a documentary or movie that you are reporting on. Please read the article again with care, sir. You WILL notice the bias.

And I know I have probably hurt your pride, Mr. All-Caps-ing-My-Name, but I stand behind what I said in this blog. How did you find this blog, anyway? Did you search for your name on Google? Um. Yeah.

Posted by: Amanda at November 20, 2004 1:14 PM
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