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0844 - More Michael Moore dishonesty

The trailer for Michael Moore's Bush-bashing film Fahrenheit 9/11 shows him, in his distinctive style, ambushing several Congressmen to ask them, "Congressman, I'm trying to get members of Congress to get their kids to enlist in the Army to go over to Iraq." One of them is Representative Mark Kennedy (R-MN).

According to this story in the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, though, Representative Kennedy is not pleased with the trailer - because it cut his answer: "that he has two nephews — one in Afghanistan, one in Iraq — that are proud to serve", according to his spokeswoman. She later clarified that only one is technically a nephew. (The other is a cousin's son, awaiting deployment.) Any way you slice it, though, Kennedy has relatives in the military, and may soon have more: his college-age son is considering entering the service.

Of course, this would contradict Moore's message, and so he cut it.

"Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them"? Moore isn't in that book, as he's one of Al Franken's left-wing buddies, but he should be.

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From:phanatic
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Looks like more of the same half-truths, lies by omission, and misrepresentations that characterize Roger and Me and Bowling for Columbine.

What a surprise.
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From:vakkotaur
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Summed up:

From:andryeevna
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Wow. The movie isn't out yet. So since knowing that Michael Moore can change the film right up to release date, how anyone could know what is actually in the movie yet?

Half-truths huh?
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From:jmaynard
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I don't know what's in the movie, although it has been shown publicly - at Cannes.

However, that's not Representative Kennedy's complaint. His complaint is about the trailer, which indeed has been released.

Personally, if the trailer does not reflect what's in the movie, it's false advertising...
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From:redmags
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i havent seen the trailer or the film yet, but i do know that other movies play out lines that are tempting you to hear the answer or see the scene, and when you see the full movie, the context changes the meaning of that line. it's not so much false advertising as baiting. ;-)
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From:phanatic
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The movie isn't out yet.

The movie that was shown at Cannes and took the top prize isn't out yet?
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From:deadly_touch
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Disturbing.

*sigh*

I thought he was better than that.
From:pingz
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Moore's response

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According to Moore (so you can't totally trust it) that's untrue...

http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/index.php?id=20



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From:jmaynard
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Re: Moore's response

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According to Moore's statement, it's not untrue, at least as applied to the trailer: the question is in there, and none of Kennedy's reply is.
From:pingz
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Re: Moore's response

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Right... the trailer does cut his response, but that's a common technique in trailers and i've seen it in other commercials. So i don't find the complaint valid on it's own. What i do find curious is that the transcript only mentions *one* nephew while the congressman's aide said...

If it did, viewers would hear "that he has two nephews — one in Afghanistan, one in Iraq — that are proud to serve,"

So someone is lying here. Also Moore says...

None of this exchange is included in the film. No statements by Rep. Kennedy are in the film. There was no editing of his remarks.

... so it's something he used exclusively in the trailer to hook the audience. Other trailers have done this before, but not something as politically charged as this. So he's now removed it so people don't ever get to see the response... That's not cool, but we'll have to see the movie before we can accuse him on that account.

What will be really interesting is will the GOP will have their own movie in 2008. It’s a huge loophole in campaign finance laws. =)

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