(By Ray D.)
SPON: “Moore Only Proves You Can Use the Wrong Means for the Right Goals.”
In a truly remarkable development, many in the German press, including the prominent left wing SPIEGEL ONLINE, are rebuking filmmaker and best-selling author Michael Moore. It seems that Moore’s filmmaking style in his new “documentary” film "Fahrenheit 9/11," premiering this week in Germany, is simply so odious that it can no longer be defended by stern media types (such as those at SPON) who seek to maintain a façade of journalistic integrity and objectivity.
Ich liebe Germany: Moore Back for More!
Four aspects of Moore’s filmmaking that particularly irritate many in the German media are his:
1. Conspicuous omission of key facts.
2. Fast and furious handling of the facts he does choose to address.
3. Tendency to oversimplify.
4. Manipulation of emotions.
The falling-out is so dramatic that SPIEGEL ONLINE has posted two highly critical articles on Moore’s new film in just two days. The first, entitled “Fact Check on Fahrenheit 9/11: Moore’s Simplified World,” challenges many of the film's claims and omissions on a factual level. The second article, entitled “Pictures like Bombs,” complains:
“The lack of respect and sensitivity that it takes to show pictures like this is what makes up the success of Michael Moore and his “docu-tainment.” He is also assured to have a hit at the box office here in Germany, in any instance the throng of Moore disciples is especially large due to the anti-American tendencies that have been swelling for decades here in our land. In this sense, “Fahrenheit 9/11” is not a gem of filmmaking: A fast and furious beginning is followed by an unstructured middle section and an emotional ending. There is no sign of inner coherence, Moore gives priority to populism over form.”
The inescapable irony of it all is that SPIEGEL itself has contributed in a major way to the “anti-American tendencies that have been swelling for decades here in our land.” It was and is the bias of influential publications just like SPIEGEL that have made the massive success of a Michael Moore possible in the first place and filled the ranks of his “throng of disciples” in Germany. If SPIEGEL ONLINE is now genuinely alarmed at (or incredibly envious of) the magnitude of Michael Moore’s success, there is little left to say but “Selber schuld!” (“You have only yourself to blame!”)
SPIEGEL Also No Stranger to Making a Fast Buck from Anti-American Sentiment: Title above from January 2003: "Blood for Oil: What it is Really about in Iraq"
(Hat tip: Downer)