A lefty Fahrenheit 9/11 post (with video!)

Okay, this post is definitely political Fahrenheit 9/11 talk, so if you come here strictly for my light movie babble, consider this fair warning...you ain't gonna like this post. But hey, I've got video evidence to go along with it, so it may just be worth reading anyway.

Via Waxy (who I'm positive had no ill intent whatsoever), I came across the link to a transcript for the first half of Fahrenheit 9/11 that was done by redlinerants.com. If you want to know what side of the fence redlinerants.com is on, just read any page of their site...it's pretty obvious. Still, I was elated that the film had been transcribed, since there's been a great deal of criticism (fueled by a Newsweek article) which alleges that the film claims that the Bin Laden family members weren't interviewed before leaving the country. Michael Moore refutes the claim here, where he quotes an exchange from the movie:

Moore: "So a little interview, check the passport, what else?"

Unger: "Nothing."

But according to redlinerants.com's transcript?

NARRATOR: So what did they do, they checked the passports, what else?


See the problem? This isn't a semantics issue, there's a whole world of difference between the two quotes, and Moore is getting creamed for this so-called omission. So I took it upon myself to make a 10 second AVI clip of the scene. It takes place at exactly 23:16 in the movie, for those of who have obtained the movie the naughty way or just want to check behind me next time you see it.

So check out the video and see for yourself.

There's absolutely no question whatsoever that Moore said "A little interview, check the passport, what else?"

Can this issue officially die now?

Hey, when I stand on this soapbox, I can see my house from here!

posted by drew on 6/30/2004

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