Thursday, July 08, 2004

Cathy Young on Michael Moore and demagoguery


"Meanwhile, some conservatives will no doubt use Moore's movie as a justification for nastiness and demagoguery on the right. Is Michael Moore the counter-Ann Coulter? Is Ann Coulter the counter-Michael Moore? Either way, the vicious cycle keeps getting more vicious. Just recently, the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign contributed to the Moorification (or Coulterization) of public discourse with a television ad that juxtaposed Hitler images with ones of Al Gore and John Kerry. Their excuse? The Hitler images were taken from two ads comparing Bush to Hitler, briefly hosted by the democratic fund-raising group earlier this year among some 1,500 entries in a contest. In other words, they started it. (At least removed the spots and expressed regret over their appearance.)

Maybe Michael Moore is a man for our time. That's a pretty damning indictment of our time."