Chris JamesMid-East MediaTwo Sides Too A Story To every story there are two sides, to every case in court there are two opinions.Michael Moore’s book, Fahrenheit 9/11, is no different.It can be reveled as sole source of truth about the war and our government, or it can be portrayed as the lying antichrist that rips apart people’s solidarity.Nevertheless, both sides do contain truths and evidence but along with that comes certain forms of debatable deceits.
The proceeding will attempt to bring some of Moore’s potential deceits to light and thus seek to explain one half of the story, that being Michael Moore’s opposition. Fahrenheit 9/11 wastes no time in divulging its first deceit.The movie itself opens up with the election night in the year 2000. The first thing we see is Al Gore rocking on stage with famous musicians and a crowd chanting in the highest of spirits. A large sign on stage proclaims "Florida Victory." Moore creates the impression that Gore was celebrating his victory in Florida.
However, on the contrary, the rally took place in the early hours of election day, before polls had even opened.So basically, this whole thing reflected Gore’s hopes, not the truth in the election results.In the same time span, Moore commits another falsehood by explaining that because the Fox news channel did not broadcast Al Gore as the as the winner, all of the other channels fell in line and did the same and changed their broadcasts.However, these networks that projected Gore as the winner did so early in the evening before the polls were finished being tallied.Thus, the Fox network had no bearing on their decisions for change; it was actually a mistake that those networks corrected themselves. Secondly, in addition to the preceding Michael Moore really takes a cheap shot at the president in the way he portray how he handled the events of September 11th right after it occurred.
Moore claims that all the president did was read the book “my Pet Goat” to his students.In reality, the book was called “Reading Mastery” and he chose to continue reading to create a calming effect on a bad situation.Moreover, the Secret Service advised him to remain calm because at that present time he could not have done anything to better the situation.Subsequently, he knew that he was on camera and chose to not to act suddenly because if shown repeatedly on television screens it may have contributed to potential panic. In addition, Moore contends that President Bush and Condoleezza Rice did not even read the memo that contained information about Osama Bin Laden planning an attack in the United States.However, both claimed to have read it through and found that the briefing was extremely vague.
According to George Washington University’s website the press release from the government looked as so:We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a deleted text service in 1998 saying that Bin Laden wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft to gain the release of “Blind Shaykh” ‘Umar’ Abd aI-Rahman and other U.S.
-held extremists. Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York. (http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB116/pdb8-6-2001.pdf)Now, having read a briefing like this, one might ask how exactly one would be able to prepare.
The information on how the events would be carried out is not only unspecific but basically non-existent.This text essentially contains no direct threat or even concrete evidence for the President to brace himself and call for some kind of a massive security overload.Quite simply put, there was no specific info of any kind that would make it necessary for the President to take immediate action.
Now, moving on to the Saudi relationship with the United States.Michael Moore points it out to be strange that the US Secret Service was protecting the Saudi Foreign Embassy in the United States.He tries to portray his ideas that the only reason this protection exists is because of the Saudi’s investments in the United States. Nevertheless, he could not be farther from the truth.In fact, according to the Secret Service’s website:Uniformed Division officers provide protection for the White House Complex, the Vice-President's residence, the Main Treasury Building and Annex, and foreign diplomatic missions and embassies in the Washington, DC area.(http://www.secretservice.gov/opportunities_ud.shtml)Truth be told there is nothing.