The Question Of Whether Michael Moore Is A Propagandist

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The question of whether Michael Moore is a propagandist rather than a maker of documentaries assumes that documentaries are never propaganda. To answer the question we need clearly understand both propaganda and clarify what documentary really is.

The Oxford Dictionary of English defines propaganda as “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.” (Propaganda, 2017)

The Oscar Academy Awards rules state that “An eligible documentary film is defined as a theatrically released non-fiction motion picture dealing creatively with cultural, artistic, historical, social, scientific, economic or other subjects. It may be photographed in actual occurrence, or may employ partial
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Should he have held at least one meeting since taking office to discuss the threat of terrorism with his head of counter terrorism? Or maybe Mr. Bush was wondering why he had cut terrorism funding from the FBI.”

Bush appears to be extremely uncomfortable and perhaps frightened. He could be trying to guess the number of lives lost and gauge how best to react at the moment. Alternatively he could be dreaming of being the illustrator for My Pet Goat instead of the being the President reading that book to school children while a major tragedy is unfolding… Probably not, but it’s as accurate as Moore’s guess... Imaginary things that could go through a presidents head during a national emergency. Those words are not based in fact, just guesswork.

Moore continues hypothesising Bush’s internal monologue, “Or perhaps he just should have read the security briefing that was given to him on August 6, 2001, that said that Osama bin Laden was planning to attack America by hijacking airplanes.”

The report Moore is talking about in that clip is Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US (The National Security Archive, 2017) that states “We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a [CENSORED] service in 1998 saying that Bin Laden wanted to hijack a US aircraft…” “Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country

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