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Friday, July 8, 2005
Mad Hot Slander
Topic: WorldNetDaily
A July 6 WorldNetDaily article by Ron Strom baselessly bashes filmmaker Michael Moore for hosting a film festival in Traverse City, Mich.

Strom focuses on a rival film festival that will show "conservative and pro-America movies," presumably unlike Moore's festival. Strom also quotes a local woman who asserts without evidence that Moore "had a political agenda" in staging the festival, adding: "The movies he is showing represent the minority, extreme, radical left view."

While Strom writes that "Though none of Moore's films are in the line-up, some of the movies address political issues such as unemployment, globalization and corporate corruption," he doesn't list the films to be shown, though he does for the rival festival.

And what are these "minority, extreme, radical left" movies to be shown at the festival that Strom won't tell us about, even though they're listed on the festival web site that Strom links to? Here are a few:

-- "Mad Hot Ballroom," a documentary about New York City fifth-graders learning how to ballroom dance.

-- "Italian for Beginners," a slice-of-life movie about a group of Danes and the Italian language class they're taking.

-- "The Princess Bride," the classic modern fairy tale.

-- "Les Miserables," a new version of the classic story.

-- "Casablanca." Yes, that "Casablanca."

Yes, movies like this are why conservatives feel the need to respond with polemics like "Michael Moore Hates America."

Now we know why Strom didn't list any of these movies in his article -- they would have undercut the case for an "alternative" festival.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:34 AM EDT

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