Tuesday, June 15, 2004Bill O'Reilly Hates Michael Moore, Too
Boy, the right wing sure does hate Fahrenheit 9/11.
First, we've got people running a "grassroots" (does that word actually mean anything useful anymore?) campaign lobbying theater chains not to show the movie. They argue, technically correctly, that by doing this they are not infringing on Michael Moore's First Amendment rights. They're not forcing Moore to be silent, they'd just really, really prefer it if he was rendered completely incapable of reaching his audience. It's an entirely different thing, y'see.
Is this all technically okay as far as the U.S. Bill of Rights in concerned? Yes. Are they still complete fucking dicks for doing it? Oh yes... oh yes.
As further proof that the right can dish it out but not take it, you should also know that if you go to see this film, you're a Nazi. Not just a pop-culture "nazi" as per Seinfeld, but an honest-to-god Jew-killing, goose-stepping, brown-shirt-wearing Nazi. Says who? Bill O'Reilly, that's who... the same guy who got pissed off at Move On a few months ago for suggesting that Bush was like Hitler, which they never actually did. Not that that mattered to O'Reilly.
Anyway, here's what O'Liely had to say on the matter:
O'REILLY: So who turns out for the screening of this movie [Fahrenheit 9/11] last night? You ready? Now, here are the celebrities that turn out. Here are the people who would turn out to see Josef Goebbels convince you that Poland invaded the Third Reich. It's the same thing, by the way. Propaganda is propaganda. OK?
Billy Crystal. Martin Sheen. Leonardo DiCaprio. Ellen DeGeneres. David Duchovny. Sharon Stone. Meg Ryan. Ashton Kutcher. Demi Moore. Norman Lear. Rob Reiner. Jodie Foster. Chris Rock. Larry David. Jack Black. Matthew Perry. Diane Lane.
Look! It's O'Reilly's List.
(By the way, how do you think O'Reilly knows who showed up at the screening? Because... this is great, you'll love this... he was there, too. Apparently his profound offense at having this Goebbels nightmare jammed down his throat didn't prevent him from accepting a personal invitation and a free ticket. How he does sacrifice himself for his cause.)
And just last week he compared "the celebrity media" to something dreamed up by Leni Riefenstahl. Now first off, Michael Moore would give his left testicle to be even half as cinematically innovative as Riefenstahl. It's one of cinema's great tragedies (especially for women) that such immense genius was placed in such an unworthy vessel. But that's another rant for another time.
My real point is, from this moment on, Bill O'Reilly has exactly zero right to go around pissing and moaning about other people making Nazi references. Will that stop him? It never has before.
PS... just to confuse any FOX News watchers reading this, check out this very positive review from that same network. I'm sure the author of this review has political views as conservative as those of Bill O'Reilly, but he also possesses a modicum of class and honesty. Therein lies the difference. |