Al Gore’s “Florida Victory” Rally:
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Michael Moore: Was it all just a dream?
Al Gore: God bless you, Florida! Thank you!
Michael Moore: Did the last four years not really happen?
Look, there’s Ben Affleck. He’s often in my dreams.
And the Taxi Driver guy. He was there too.
And little Stevie Wonder, he… he seemed so happy…
like… like a miracle had taken place.
Was it a dream?
Rally Crowd: We want Gore!
Michael Moore: Or was it real?
It was election night 2000, and everything seemed to be going as planned.
Our claim-by-claim guide to Fahrenheit 9/11 begins with the first scene. The film opens with an attempt to suggest that Al Gore actually won the 2000 presidential election, and with Michael Moore wondering if the past four years have only been a bad dream. It opens with footage of a Gore celebration in Florida, with Ben Affleck and other pop-culture stars on stage with Gore, and a sign saying “Florida Victory.” Moore arranges things to give the impression that this is a post-election celebration of a Gore victory that was then taken away. But in fact, this footage is from before the election, not after. It was a rally on the final day of the campaign, not a post-election rally after any votes had been cast or counted. (Here’s a story recounting the rally http://www.evote.com/News/EV11072000E.html.) Moore does not directly lie, but carefully and thoroughly gives a misleading impression—even in this opening scene.
Fahrenheit 9/11 begins on election night 2000. We are first shown Al Gore rocking on stage with famous musicians and a high-spirited crowd. The conspicuous sign on stage reads “Florida Victory.” Moore creates the impression that Gore was celebrating his victory in Florida. Moore’s voiceover claims, “And little Stevie Wonder, he seemed so happy, like a miracle had taken place.” The verb tense of past perfect (“had taken”) furthers the impression that the election has been completed.
Actually, the rally took place in the early hours of election day, before polls had even opened. Gore did campaign in Florida on election day, but went home to Tennessee to await the results. The “Florida Victory” sign reflected Gore’s hopes, not any actual election results. (“Gore Campaigns Into Election Day,” Associated Press, Nov. 7, 2000.)
Moore indeed deceives the audience early in the film through a clever combination of images and narration that give the impression that Al Gore was celebrating a victory he believed he had won. I found this a surprising revelation when I saw the film, and only later did I learn this was a deception.
Reviewers who fell for the Deception:
The headline reads ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ Brings News to Theaters. No, it’s not a Michael Moore press release. Believe it ir not, this is an Associated Press news story. It’s written by the AP’s ranking “Television Writer,” Frazier Moore.
NEW YORK – Time was, you had to go to the movies to see the news. Then came television, which brought newsreels right into your home.
Now, in this election year a half-century later, people in huge numbers have found that getting news about the war in Iraq and the politics behind it makes a trip to the multiplex well worth the bother. [Emphasis added]
Moore is someone who presumably would identify himself as being in the “news” business, albeit in the entertainment branch. He reviews TV shows, but he also covers the business end of entertainment. He writes hard news as well as soft news.
Presumably, his editors also think they are in the “news” business, and presumably they got to be editors because they were thought to have some sort of head on their shoulders. And ditto for the people who send these articles out to the Internet, routed into the “news” bins of various Web services (such as Verizon, where my girlfriend, who has seen “F9/11,” saw this and was aghast).
And so the AP thinks 9/11 is “news,” comparable to (actually superior to, if I read this right) the evening TV news.
Frazier Moore continues:
Moore, of course, knows how to make a splash. Last year a billion viewers saw him accept his “Bowling for Columbine” best-documentary Academy Award by denouncing the war of a “fictitious president … Shame on you, Mr. Bush!”
But then he elaborated on that theme with “Fahrenheit 9/11,” and the public response has been greater than anyone could have imagined, setting off shock waves even beyond its record-busting $80 million box office. His is a film that is firing up the public, both pro and con – even people who haven’t seen it.
And it’s done something else. In the way the film frames the presidency of George W. Bush (“Was it all just a dream?” Moore muses over images of Al Gore celebrating his short-lived win) “Fahrenheit 9/11” has managed to upstage mainstream TV journalism.
The parenthetical reference here shows that Frazier Moore has taken MM’s bait and swallowed it whole. He fell for the very first deception in the film, in the opening scene from election night 2000. Al Gore rocks out on stage while the band plays and the crowd cheers, under a sign reading “Florida Victory.” Moore lets you think they’re celebrating an election they think they won.
They’re not. Gore was in Florida, doing last-minute campaigning, early on election day, before the polls had even opened. That’s when the rally took place. Then Gore followed long-standing tradition and went home (to Tennessee) to await the results. Frazier Moore might have realized this if he’d managed to check his own wire services archives [Reference: “Gore Campaigns Into Election Day,” Associated Press, Nov. 7, 2000].
But of course, he didn’t, and of course, that’s what MM was counting on him not doing…
The movie starts off with a celebration of Al Gore’s Florida Victory. With him, his wife, Ben Affleck, and Stevie Wonder, and a whole lot of Floridans partying.
For anyone who wasn’t paying attention to the media blitz, Moore’s 2004 film is about how the U.S., and in particular the Bush Administration, reacted to 9/11, both at home and abroad. It begins with a reverie about most of the major news networks announcing Gore as the winner in Florida, the candidate and supporters celebrating that victory . . . and then the cold light of dawn and possible trickery.
Former Vice President Al Gore is shown celebrating a narrow victory that eventually was overturned by election results from the state of Florida—where I viewed the film—and subsequently by a Supreme Court decision that handed the presidency to Bush.
It should come as no surprise that Moore’s most recent documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 — a scathing, polemic indictment of the Bush administration that makes no claims of being fair and balanced — has caused such an uproar in its election year release. The film begins with the 2000 election night, Gore flanked by several celebrities celebrating a projected presidential victory. What follows said evening of fireworks and a contrarian Fox News report are the bizarre and often shadowy circumstances that ushered Dubya into office. Some Go-Go’s cheer and vacation footage whisk the happy-go-lucky president through the events just prior to September 11.
As the poll numbers have shown, many Americans haven’t let go of that feeling I had about Bush after 9/11. For Moore, that’s unacceptable, and in every frame of “Fahrenheit 9/11,” he makes his point with compassion, anger, and his tradmark sarcasm (you gotta love his opening voiceover, which begins with “Was it all just a dream?” as we see Gore celebrating a victory in Florida in 2000).
If America’s invasion and occupation of Iraq is a nightmare from which the country is struggling to awake, then it’s understandable that Michael Moore chooses to ease viewers into Fahrenheit 9/11 with a reverie of his own. The film’s first images are of Al and Tipper Gore presiding over an election-night victory party in November 2000. These absurd but true pictures prompt a host of fantasies about what kind of America the Gores might have ruled.
“Was it all a dream”? Taking plain aim at the current U.S. administration, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 starts by recalling the Time Before Bush. Television footage from November 2000 shows Al Gore, surrounded by Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder, and Babyface, the projected winner by network and cable anchors alike. And then, Moore intones, “Something called the Fox News Channel” bucks the tide and calls Bush victorious in Florida, and so, winner of the whole shebang.
Exploding like the fireworks at the beginning of the film on the night of the US 2000 election, Moore uses his craft like a weapon of mass destruction…
It starts out nicely with footage of Al Gore winning the 2000 presidential election, and a voice-over of Michael Moore asks us whether things would be different if Gore had REALLY won the election.
9/11 begins in typical documentary form. Before we get to what has gone wrong, Moore shows us how good things were. People were cheering in Florida when it was believed that Al Gore had won the electoral votes until the cheers died down when it was then revealed that George W. Bush had in fact won the state. Moore points out that it all felt like a dream, even making a rather odd joke that Ben Affleck was there as he so often is in his dreams? Okay! Regardless, eventually Moore addresses that this all wasn’t a dream – that in fact and by a final ruling of the US Supreme Court – we had a man elected President who had won more electoral votes but did not win the majority of popular votes.
Fahrenheit 9/11 opens with another dippy reverie, except this one actually happened. The first images are of Al and Tipper Gore presiding over an election-night victory party in November, 2000. While it’s unlikely that the 9/11 hijackers cared which set of millionaires was in charge of the Great Satan, perhaps the embattled America of 2004 would’ve looked a little more like the festivities we see here — with cake, confetti and civil liberties for all. For Moore, it’s a seductive vision that he’s not eager to abandon. “Did the last four years not really happen?” the director asks in his familiar, facetious tone, which he holds in check for most of the keenly focused polemic that follows. “Was it a dream?”
Fahrenheit begins at Gore Campaign Headquarters in 2000, celebrating because they believed that they had won the presidential election. This begins Moore’s argument that Bush stole the election, which you may also remember from his Oscar speech. “We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president.” Moore disputes the election counting process and ultimately blames Bush’s political and family connections for securing the election away from Gore.
Jump starting the film is Al Gore giving his victory speech in Florida that proclaims him as our next President, based on media projections.
Articles Related to the Deceptions:
MIAMI (AP) – An exultant and exhausted Al Gore greeted Election Day in the embrace of celebrity admirers and under a midnight sky lit by fireworks. He said he had “no doubt whatsoever” he’d finish the day as president-elect.
“The moon is over Miami. From sea to shining sea, from Miami to Los Angeles, from coast to coast and border to border, Americans are coming together and making a very powerful decision that we are not going to allow ourselves to go back to the policies of the past,” Gore called out at a rally on Miami’s fashionable South Beach just after midnight Tuesday.
“We’re going forward with the policies of the future – a bright future that includes all Americans!”
Wearing everything from T-shirts to business suits to tight, gold lame pants, tens of thousands of people lined the streets and shores of this art deco district to see Democrat Gore in his first Election Day appearance. “Florida is the place where the future is being born,” he declared.
A cast of stars – Glenn Close, Robert DeNiro, Stevie Wonder, Billy Dee Williams, Ben Affleck – were on hand, some of them summoned there just that morning by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. A burst of fireworks over the Atlantic punctuated the speech Gore delivered in a voice slightly hoarse from nonstop campaigning in this homestretch.
He bear-hugged each of his celebrity friends, the “extended family” as wife Tipper put it.
From Miami, Gore headed to pre-dawn stops in Tampa at a cancer center and to rally campaign workers on their way to “get out the vote” before heading home to cast his own vote at a small school in Carthage, Tenn.
He was ending the campaign the same way he started it – courting Florida’s 25 electoral votes. Polls show a close race in Florida, where an easy win was expected for Republican George W. Bush since his brother is the state’s governor. But Gore strategists maintain that his proposals on issues like health care and Social Security resonate with the many elderly who live in the state.
Florida was the first state Gore visited after clinching the nomination in March.
Before a massive sign that read “Florida Victory,” Gore argued that Bush’s $1.3 trillion proposed tax cut would set the economy back to where it was before he and President Clinton took over from Bush’s father in 1993.
“I remember well the deficits and the debt, the unemployment and higher crime, the family breakups and the repeat recessions,” Gore said.
He argued that Bush’s proposal to partially privatize Social Security is “the most serious threat we have to seen to Social Security in many a decade.”
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Fahrenheit 9/11 and Its Impact on Military Morale, by a Soldier
Army Spc. Joe Roche has perhaps the harshest words yet for Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, describing its impact on the morale of our troops deployed overseas as “devastating.”
In typical Joe fashion, he did something about the matter. He made copies of this Independence Institute rebuttal of Moore’s film (29 pages in small font, he says!) and distributed it widely among U.S. troops in Kuwait.
But I’ll get out of the way and let Joe speak:
Michael Moore’s film, Fahrenheit 9/11, is making the rounds here at U.S. bases in Kuwait. Some soldiers have received it already and are passing is around. The impact is devastating.
Here we are, soldiers of the 1st Armored Division, just days from finally returning home after over a year serving in Iraq, and Moore’s film is shocking and crushing soldiers, making them feel ashamed. Moore has abused the First Amendment and is hurting us worse than the enemy has.
There are the young and impressionable soldiers, like those who joined the Army right out of high school. They aren’t familiar w/ the college-type political debate environment, and they haven’t been schooled in the full range of issues involved. They are vulnerable to being hurt by a vicious film like Moore’s. […]
And there are others. Mostly the comments are absolute shock at the close connections Moore makes between the Bush family and the Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia. “Bush looks really really REALLY corrupt in this film. I just don’t know what to think anymore,” is a common comment to hear. Some of these soldiers are darn right ashamed tonight to be American soldiers, to have been apart of this whole mission in Iraq, and are angry over all that Moore has presented in his film.
We know this is all based on Moore’s lies and deceptions. But we, I’m afraid, are a minority. Right now, just days away from what should be a proud and happy return from 15 months of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, your U.S. soldiers are coming back ashamed and hurt because of Moore’s work. […]
Lt. Bischoff is so angry he could explode. He knows Moore’s work is based on lies and distortions, but as he says, “the damage is done.” Clearly, this is the type of thing we expect from angry leftists like Moore. What we didn’t expect was the full impact this film is now having and how it has been embraced and supported by so many Hollywood elites. Lt. Bischoff says Moore’s film is a work of deception, lies and distortions that when seen by those unfamiliar w/ the issues involved, has the effect of attacking the American peoples’ resolve and focus in this war.
From what I’ve heard from the soldiers, the things that have them most shocked and upset them are the connections Moore makes between the Bush family and the Bin Ladens. The impression is that Bush is part of a conspiracy that supported the September 11th terrorist attacks. They speak of how Moore makes a convincing case all the way from the 2000 election to now that Bush and Cheney are all about making money. That the September 11th attacks were merely calculated by them as to how they would earn them more money. They speak of the Saudi who was a fellow soldier w/ Bush in the National Guard, and how Moore makes it all look like Bush is more beholden to Saudi interests than US interests. […]
I sometimes want to be mad at my fellow soldiers for being susceptible to Moore’s distortions, but I can’t really blame them. These are good Americans, who have volunteered to serve our country. Nothing says they all have to be experts in Middle Eastern issues and history and politics to serve. That would be silly. …But this is, of course, the vulnerability that Moore has exploited.
Moore is hurting us, hurting America, and today I can tell you he is hurting your soldiers. I don’t know what to ask, except that good people out there find ways to organize information so that we can better counter Moore’s impact. Is there anyone in Hollywood who is willing to stand up and make a similar film to counter Moore’s? I know good people w/ integrity in the film industry don’t want to be seen as pushing a political agenda in movies. But this is EXACTLY what Moore and the radical leftists in Hollywood have done. Is there no way to put together a response to them?
I hope more people will arm themselves w/ the facts and the realities of the situation out here and in the world at large. Our political arena is taking a big hit from this film by Moore, and it should tell us all something when terrorist groups like Hezbollah are distributing it around to their own people…
(Read all of the blog post at the above link.)
“Fahrenheit 9/11” is making mega-bucks in American theaters and — with some help from terrorists who also are Michael Moore fans — it could prove a blockbuster in the Middle East too.
The film industry publication Screendaily.com reports that the movie will soon debut in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
“In terms of marketing,” Screendaily.com announces, Mr. Moore “is getting a boost from organizations related to Hezbollah.”
Yes, that Hezbollah: the Syrian- and Iranian-backed terrorist group that pioneered suicide bombings against Americans more than 20 years ago in Beirut, the terrorist group second only to al Qaeda in number of Americans murdered, the terrorist group that now operates against the US in Iraq, the terrorist group Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state, dubbed the “A-Team of terrorists” — more skilled and cunning than almost any other.
“We can’t go against these organizations,” explains Gianluca Chacra, the managing director of Front Row Entertainment, the UAE-based firm releasing Moore’s flick in the Middle East.
Mr. Chacra added: “Having the support of such an entity in Lebanon is quite significant for that market and not at all controversial. I think it’s quite natural.” […]
Mr. Moore’s perspective on 9/11 might be described as middle-of-the-road — if that road runs through downtown Damascus. “Three thousand Americans were killed,” he notes. “There’s 290 million Americans, all right? The chance of any of us dying in a terrorist incident is very, very, very small.”
With views like that, is it any wonder that Michael Moore is the Heartthrob of Hezbollah?
If Mr. Moore is uncomfortable at having fanatics as fans, there’s a simple way for him to prove it: Say publicly that he does not want and will not accept support from Hezbollah or any other terrorist organization. Fire Gianluca Chacra and cut ties with Front Row Entertainment…
(Read the full post at the above link)