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BTL:Success of 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Stems from Public's Search for Answers on...
09 Jul 2004
Modified: 10 Jul 2004
...Failed Bush Administration Foreign Policies ~ Interview with Steve Rendall, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting senior analyst, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
Success of "Fahrenheit 9/11" Stems from Public's Search for Answers on Failed Bush Administration Foreign Policies

Interview with Steve Rendall, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting senior analyst, conducted by Scott Harris

Since its release on June 27, Michael Moore's newest movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" has broken all box office records for a documentary film. From the start "Fahrenheit, " a sometimes humorous film that assembles an arsenal of facts to attack the Bush presidency on its post- 9/11and Iraq war policies, has attracted lots of media attention. In May, the Disney corporation -- citing the political nature of the film in a presidential election year -- ordered its Miramax subsidiary to block distribution. Soon after, Fahrenheit won the Palmr d'Or first prize award at France's prestigious Cannes film festival.

Before the film was even released, "Fahrenheit" was attacked by Republican politicians and some critics for what they claimed were gross inaccuracies and the promotion of conspiracy theories designed to help defeat George W. Bush in November's presidential election. But despite a campaign by groups attempting to keep the film out of theaters and a complaint lodged with the Federal Elections Commission to limit the movie's advertising, "Fahrenheit" has packed movie houses across America.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris, spoke with Steve Rendall, senior analyst with the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting who takes a look at the phenomenal success of Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" and why many Americans are desperately seeking answers to how and why the Bush administration launched an increasingly unpopular war on Iraq.

Call FAIR at (212) 633-6700 or visit their website at

Related links:

"Incendiary 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Fires Up Crowd at Cannes," Associated Press, May 18, 2004

"Big Part of 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Profit Goes to Charity," Associated Press, July 2, 2004

"Red-Hot 'Fahrenheit 9/11' a No. 1 Hit Across America," by Dean Goodman, Reuters, June 27, 2004

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