In Fahrenheit 9/11: The Temperature Where Freedom Burns!, controversial, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore takes viewers from the contested 2000 presidential election, through the attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., and on to the War on Terrorism and the turmoil in Iraq. Mr. Moore asserts that President Bush’s agenda has not been in the best interest of America but rather has benefited his cronies who stand to make a great deal of money from oil and wartime instability. The attack on the Twin Towers and the subsequent implementation of the Homeland Security Act are all designed, according to this movie, to increase fear and to decrease the freedom of Americans. Fahrenheit 9/11 makes some harsh accusations — some based on fact, some on perception and some on flagrant untruths — that will likely raise the temperature of the 2004 presidential election and may influence voting Americans.
Fahrenheit 9/11 is not a documentary as much as a propaganda piece designed to undermine the leadership of a sitting president. The film is also not investigative journalism and may lose credibility due to its one-sided, biased attack. Michael Moore admits that this movie is based on his own political persuasion and uses his talents as a film producer to sway an audience by using only the parts of the story that support his views. Mr. Moore has stated that teenagers should see the film, even though it has an R rating, and has implored them to get into the theaters by any means possible … even if they have to sneak in. Anyone who thinks critically and has discernment will likely choose to sneak out of this one. The graphic war images and bad language keep it from receiving the Dove Family-Approved Seal.