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'Fahrenhype' Shreds Moore's 'Fahrenheit'

Monday, 04 October 2004 12:00 AM

One of them, "Fahrenhype 9/11," by Alan Peterson, features interviews with a number of today's most influential decision-makers, analysts and pundits.

Narrated by actor Ron Silver — an admitted two-time Bill Clinton supporter who is highly critical of Moore — the film dissects Moore's work point by point, even featuring a number of people who appeared in the liberal icon's original film.

'Fahrenhype' opens with an interview of the Sarasota, Fla., grade school principal, Gwendolyn Tose'-Rigell, who was hosting President Bush when he was told a pair of airliners had crashed into the World Trade Center, leading his advisers to inform him, "America is under attack."

Moore asserted that Bush was to slow to react, but Peterson's film shows that not only did the president react calmly and correctly, but he did so in a timely fashion.

Says Rigell in the film, "I thought Bush reacted well."

At another point in Peterson's film, Ed Koch, former Democratic mayor of New York City, is incredulous over Moore's assertion that terrorists do not threaten the U.S.

"I said: 'Three thousand people were killed! How can you say that?'" Koch said during his interview.

Dick Morris, a co-writer of the film, also was interviewed extensively.

Morris notes how Moore offered no criticism of Bill Clinton, though the Sept. 11 attacks had been plotted largely during the Clinton presidency.

Morris says that although Clinton is a very intelligent person, he was not really aware of the severity of the terrorist threat facing the country, despite eight years' worth of examples, beginning with the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

He also said Clinton's national security team pooh-poohed an opportunity in the mid-1990s to get al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. He said the country of Sudan offered him up, but the Clinton White House refused to take the offer seriously.

By the time bin Laden became a wanted man, he was "tucked away" in Afghanistan, protected by the al-Qaida-friendly Taliban regime and out of reach, Morris said.

Morris also said an aviation security panel chaired by then-Vice President Al Gore actually came up with some very good ideas, but they were never implemented by the White House.

"I hold Clinton very responsible for the failure of aviation security," Morris says in "Fahrenhype."

Michael Moore made numerous charges against Bush, including a conspiracy led by Bush and Dick Cheney that was concocted to help their business supporters build an oil pipeline through Afghanistan, which is why, Moore charges, they wanted to invade that country.

Interviewees of Peterson refuted such charges, however, and showed how Moore was trying to make points based not on fact but on innuendo and insinuation.

"I had the distinct privilege of being interviewed for this film," says Mike Cawley, of Roy, Utah. "My brother was killed in Iraq March 29, 2003. The level of disgust I feel toward Michael Moore and his type is beyond words. ..."

Frank Gaffney, who heads up the Center for Security Policy and was President Reagan's assistant secretary of defense, appeared in the film to help refute Moore's assertion that there is no terrorist threat to the United States.

In particular, Gaffney was among the first analysts to note that "the international situation bequeathed by Bill Clinton to George Bush was considerably more threatening than was widely perceived at the time."

Also featured in "Fahrenhype": David Hardy and Jason Clarke, authors of "Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man"; Bill Sammon, best-selling author and senior White House correspondent for the Washington Times who was with President Bush at the Sarasota school on 9/11; U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention; best-selling author, syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Ann Coulter; best-selling author of "American Jihad" and noted terrorist investigator Steven Emerson; Dave Kopel, an editor at National Review and someone who repeatedly has documented ways Moore has twisted facts; David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush and best-selling author of "The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush"; and U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., a member of the Homeland Security committee, who lost hundreds of constituents on 9/11.

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