Farenheit 9-12: Rebuttal to Fahrenheit 9/11

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Farenheit 9-12 - Rebuttal to Fahrenheit 9-11 by Aaron I. Reichel, Esq.

Reviewed by Rocky Reichman


      Facts. Extensive research. Strict analysis. Devastating rebuttals.

      These are most apt words to describe Fahrenheit 9-12 by Aaron Reichel. A rebuttal to the Fahrenheit 9/ll documentary by Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 9-12 takes us through dozens of controversial topics that Moore addresses in his documentary, disproving or at least challenging or clarifying nearly every one of them. This is not a pro-George Bush book, although it defends the president against most many of Moore's accusations. Neither is it an ad hominem anti-Moore book, which readers may expect when they see the title. Rather, what Reichel has done is offer an objective analysis of the wide variety of topics explored in Fahrenheit 9/11--something valuable in the controversial genre of political books.

      Moore's movie may have been popular. But then again, it was just a movie. Which made manipulating and even misleading the audience much easier than with a book. Of course, Moore's purpose for producing the documentary was not to mislead people, but rather to persuade them into agreeing with what he thought about President Bush, 9/11, the Iraq War, and many other issues of enduring relevance. Unfortunately, more people saw the movie than have read this book, so getting to hear the story from both sides is unlikely to ever happen on a mass scale.

      At first, this reviewer had trouble believing how so many accusations against George Bush could be proven wrong, even when they were said to be correct by the esteemed Michael Moore.

      Then came the facts. And the evidence, And the analysis. Curiously, a lot of what Moore portrayed in the movie was either incorrect or misleading. For example, Reichel documents how even a consortium of liberal iconic newspapers including the Washington Post and The New York Times concluded that Bush did not steal the election from Gore in 2000, and would have won even had the courts decided the contested election issues in Gore's favor.  The most astonishing truth of all takes place the morning of 9/11, immediately after the second plane hit. According to Fahrenheit 9/11, when Bush was first told about the attack he did nothing, just nodded in front of a kindergarten class he was visiting, and picked up a book titled "The Pet Goat."  


      Reichel provides more than ten responses to Moore's implication that when President Bush found out about the violent events of 9/11, he reacted like a village idiot. Among other things, the President had been told not to get up and move. Earlier that day, someone had tried to gain close access to the Bush with a fake alias. Bush's Secret Service agents signaled to him not to get up, until the situation was resolved. That is why Bush nodded. What else could he have done? Get up suddenly, and not let the Secret Service do its job at this tumultuous moment in American history?

      And as a side note, Moore also got the title of the book Bush was holding wrong. It was not called My Pet Goat, but Reading Mastery 2. "My Pet Goat" was only the name of an exercise in the book. But perhaps “My Pet Goat” sounds funnier than “Reading Mastery 2.”

      Although every chapter of the book concludes with at least one verbal cartoon-like “virtual illustration,” the book, which is written by a lawyer, is loaded with enough hard facts, analysis and specific sources that it could well be submitted not just to the court of public opinion, but to a genuine court of law, as well.

      Fahrenheit 9/11 is not just a movie about one event; it attempts to undermine a whole traditional way of life. Fahrenheit 9-12 shows us the facts that expose Moore's documentary, correcting it for the good of the American nation--and the world. Reichel should be applauded for his extensive research and unique contribution to political science literature.



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