of the recent political and historical events in America and the world in his film Fahrenheit
9/11. To do this I will look at how the techniques he employs to construct a set of
arguments convey his message to the viewer and what effect on the viewer he is trying to
achieve. I will then go on to discuss how this affects my own views on the subject and
reflect upon how I perceive the documentary.
Fahrenheit 9/11 is a documentary film by American filmmaker Michael Moore that
presents a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the “War on Terrorism”, and
its coverage in the American news media.
It attempts to portray Bush as a criminal whose every move in the Afghanistan and Iraq
wars were prompted by greed and insidious business ties with Saudis, specifically the Bin
Laden family. In its first half, Moore shows that Bushes has worked with the Bin Ladens
for many years and that they have invested over a billion dollars in Bush businesses. His
argument is that this has not only blurred Bush's judgment but is actually the driving force
behind all the Bush decisions.
Moore shows particular events in a certain order starting with the Election and Bush
coming into power. He then goes on to show the 9/11 attacks and a chain of other events
that he implies are a result of Bush becoming president. You could separate the movie
into the following;
1. 2000 Election
2. Bush Presidency through September 11
5. Domestic issues
7. The man from Flint and terrorists.
The movie begins with a review of the 2000 Florida election recall. We are first shown Al
Gore rocking on stage with famous musicians and a high-spirited crowd. The
conspicuous sign on stage reads “Florida Victory.” Moore creates the impression that
Gore was celebrating his victory in Florida.... [continues]
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