Rex Reed’s review of Fahrenheit 911 makes the tired old claim that George W. Bush and company are just like the Third Reich. This is Rex Reed, nationally famous movie reviewer, mind you, not some whackjob at Indymedia. James Lileks this morning had a great response that I felt like sharing:
You have Bush. You have Saddam.
One is a meglomanical dictator with a small moustache who killed millions, gassed ethnic minorities, annexed a neighbor state and paid underlings to kill Jews.
The other is Hitler.
I know I’m an unsophisticated partisan blinded by ideology, but something about that equation just strikes me wrong.
Hey, when you’re right, your right.
Mr. Reed’s review has another quote that caught my eye:
[Director Michael] Moore is armed with facts, and he presents them accurately and succinctly. The controversial filmmaker stated [that] right-wing Republicans have charged Mr. Moore with staging a “left-wing conspiracy” to influence the forthcoming election. Well, duh.[...] The purpose of any documentary is to influence opinion.
Actually, Moore, has always played fast and loose with the facts, and he does so again here. And as for the purpose of documentaries:
- 1. Consisting of, concerning, or based on documents.
- 2. Presenting facts objectively without editorializing or inserting fictional matter, as in a book or film.
But, hey, let’s not let little matters like facts or the basic definitions of words get in the way of politics. (That is the Clinton legacy, after all.)
Here, however, is Reed’s money quote:
The Cannes cognoscenti and the limousine liberals have already declared Fahrenheit 9/11 the blockbuster documentary of the year. Who knows how it will play in Punkin Crick?
I think I have a pretty good idea how it’s going to play in Punkin Crick. Thank you, Mr. Reed, for showing us your true colors: elitist, arrogant, condescending, and too dumb to realize that the term “limousine liberal” is an insult. I take back my earlier statement. Rex Reed is a whackjob.