Inspired by Brad Delong what I would have said if the booker hadn’t canceled on me:
- It is very strange that the media is more concerned with Michael Moore’s invalid argumentative techniques than with the extremely similar techniques employed by the president of the United States.
- It is very strange that the media is more concerned with the fact that Michael Moore is a polemicist rather than a journalist presenting a balanced view of events than with the fact that the Fox News network and a small army of conservative radio hosts are doing the same thing.
- It is a very strange thing indeed that the media does not provide outlets for stridently liberal commentary in lieu of the fact that Fahrenheit 9–11 clearly demonstrates that there is a large audience for such things.
- What liberal media?
That is all. It’s also noteworthy that while Moore has done us all a great service by bringing to light the footage of the president not reacting to the second WTC attack, he fails to make what I think is the most important point here: The President’s own aides have such a low opinion of Bush’s leadership capabilities that they didn’t think it was immediately necessary — or, perhaps, desirable — for him to take charge of the situation right away.