It's taken two weeks, but Michael Moore has finally responded to the
Bloomington Pantagraph's complaint
that he doctored images of their newspaper in Fahrenheit 9/11:
A scene early in the movie that shows newspaper headlines related to the legally contested presidential election of 2000 included a shot of The Pantagraph's Dec. 19, 2001, front page, with the prominent headline: "Latest Florida recount shows Gore won election."
The paper says that headline never appeared on that day. It appeared in a Dec. 5, 2001, edition, but the headline was not used on the front page. Instead, it was found in much smaller type above a letter to the editor, which the paper says reflects "only the opinions of the letter writer."
"If (Moore) wants to 'edit' The Pantagraph, he should apply for a copy-editing job," the paper said.
I've found one AP article about Moore's
reply in addition to the Pantagraph article (emphasis
Further, the letter claims Moore did nothing "misleading" when the headline ("Latest Florida recount shows Gore won election") that originally appeared above a Dec. 5, 2001, letter to the editor was altered in both the font and size of the type for the movie and made to look like a news story from a Dec. 19, 2001, edition of The Pantagraph.
"Baloney," said Pantagraph President and Publisher Henry Bird, in response to the letter.
Although offering no apology, the letter from Chatillon, who represents Westside Productions, which produced "Fahrenheit 9/11," did admit the date of The Pantagraph page flashed in the movie "was unfortunately off by a couple weeks." But the mistake "did not make a difference to the editorial point … and was in no way detrimental to (The Pantagraph.)"
"Unfortunately off by a couple weeks"? As if it were an accident? What a
Shocking! Outrageous! excuse.
I give credit to the Pantagraph for handling this so gracefully. They didn't
threaten or file a lawsuit, they just wrote a letter asking for an apology and
$1 in damages. But Moore won't apologize even when he's undisputably caught
in a lie. He's an all-around good human being, fabulous role model, and have
I mentioned trustworthy?