Hitchens on Moore’s “Fahrenheit 911”

Christopher Hitchens is no friend of the right. So when I read this, the audible “damn” that was heard in the house had to frighten small children. . . because his critique of Michael Moore is the very definition of excoriation:

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.


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