Friday, July 02, 2004

Krugman: "Farenheit 9/11" is flawed and deceptive but agrees with my politics, so I loved it!

In an op-ed in today's NY Times, the reliably liberal Paul Krugman hails Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11."

The column does vaguely acknowledge the factual inaccuracies of the movie:
It would be a better movie if it didn't promote a few unproven conspiracy theories...

Viewers may come away from Mr. Moore's movie believing some things that probably aren't true...

"Fahrenheit 9/11" is a tendentious, flawed movie...
But none of this dissuades Krugman from the proposition that the movie is a must-see, as expressed in the headline,
Moore's Public Service
and reinforced in the article:
"Fahrenheit 9/11" performs an essential service....

[I]t tells essential truths about leaders who exploited a national tragedy for political gain, and the ordinary Americans who paid the price.
Krugman's basic thesis is that despite the movie's flaws and deceptions, "Farenheit 9/11" reinforces Paul Krugman's politics, and is hence essential and worthy of hearty endorsement on some of the most precious journalistic real estate in the world.