Opinions and Truth in 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

RECEIVED Thu., July 22, 2004

Dear Editor,
   How sad these days are that we have such a hard time with the word "truth," Mr. Black ["Page Two," July 16]. Perhaps that's because the truth the Bush administration used to get us into a war was anything but. Or, maybe it's because the media is not interested in anything resembling truth, but rather a shiny, happy version of events that led us into Bush's war. And now, judging by the debate raging over Michael Moore's latest movie, with so many incapable of even considering the questions posed, I guess we'll just have to say that there is no such thing as truth.
   Not surprisingly, the "liberal" media have, by and large, discredited Fahrenheit 9/11 and its rebuttal of the bill of goods we were sold. And this has seeped into the general public's consciousness, leaving us with the status quo. One of the many devices used was the lack of distinction made between the parts of the movie that are alternative explanations for our foreign policy and the parts that are hard-to-refute facts. The opinions are easy to spot (for instance, look for times when Moore literally puts words in W.'s mouth). They're based on what is known and presented as a counter argument to the lies that the Bush administration told. For, if we didn't go because of WMD, or ties to al Qaeda, then why? Moore has ideas about why, and thank God he's still allowed to speak his mind. If you're one of those unwilling to consider Moore's version, then what are you left with? Not the truth, that's for sure. And if you're still concerned about the veracity of the facts in the movie, go to www.michaelmoore.com/warroom, where you'll find them backed up and cross-referenced in excruciating detail.
Ty Hurless
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