In “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Michael Moore doctored an image of the front page of a newspaper, to make it look like the newspaper had claimed Gore won the media recount:
A scene early in the movie that shows newspaper headlines related to the legally contested presidential election of 2000 included a shot of The [Bloomington] 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.”
The newspaper has written a letter of complaint to Moore.
This is reminiscent of another fraudulent image supporting the lie that Gore really won the election. Remember that the opening of the movie shows Gore appearing to celebrate his victory. He appears on stage in front of a “high-spirited crowd” as a prominent sign reads “Florida Victory.” Yet it turns out that this was a pre-election rally, and the sign expressed the hope that Gore would win.
When you have to lie to make your point, that’s because the truth doesn’t help you. Gore really didn’t win the media recount, so Moore has to lie to make it seem like he did.
Oh, by the way, Moore has threatened to sue anyone who baselessly calls him a liar with respect to this movie. Let’s see if he sues me for this statement: Mr. Moore, your movie “Fahrenheit 9/11″ is chock-full of lies, and this doctored front page is the latest example.
I guess if he doesn’t sue me, that’s proof that my accusation is not baseless.