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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

I don't have an innate hatred for activists, so I was happy to sit through Roger and Me and Bowling for Columbine. But all the while I knew that there was something in those documentaries that just wasn't quite right. They lacked something. According to Christopher Hitchens in an article on slat.msn.com that something was journalistic integrity. Here is his authoritative review of Michael Moore's new film F 9/11. Hitchens thinks Moore is guilty of sexing it up a bit.

I have two things to say about the review and Michael Moore's tactics:

1. Christopher Hitchens is well known in a very narrow circle of learned types. Michael Moore is known to a much wider and broader cross-section of the world. They share the common trait: they tend to polarize people.

2. Hitchens' world is that of a highly informed and intelligent order. He derives his power from strength of argument and evidence. Moore is a sloppy, ugly, loud, brash man who makes similarly attributed films. But the bulk of the world is sloppy, ugly, loud and brash. Maybe Moore's railing against lies with lies, fighting fire with fire, is a more honest way of talking about our world (or getting our world talking).

It's a low bar, but Moore is more sexy than Hitchens. And in this world...

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