Thursday, July 08, 2004

Leni is the New Adolf

Did you see the Quote of the Day from today's Globe? It's Jeremy Hinzman, a U.S. soldier seeking refugee status in Canada after refusing to fight in Iraq, offering his thoughts on Fox News:
They don't scare me. They are the Leni Riefenstahl of the American media.
A see a trend emerging here! This is just the latest in a string of Riefenstahl similes. You'll recall that Christopher Hitchens compared Michael Moore to Hitler's propagandist just a couple of weeks ago, as have a million other conservative copycats since.

Is Leni the new Adolf? I mean, as Manitoba M├ętis Federation president David Chartrand learned the other day, it's no longer kosher to accuse people of being Hitler. But while it's now considered insensitive to use The Fuhrer as a hyperbolic symbol of evil, Rienfenstahl's name can be bandied about at will. (Triumphantly at will?)

Anyway, this isn't the first time, nor will it be the last time, that FOX News and Moore are described with the same adjectives and similes. It seems to me that they are very much two sides of the same coin, part of the polarization of opinion in the States.

I've come across several smart criticisms and a couple of full-on condemnations of Moore's film from bloggers who are ideologically on his side lately. Can anyone point me to any bloggers who are right-wing AND recognize that the news aired on FOX News is ideologically motivated and -- for the most part -- pure bollocks? (Fun as hell to watch too, I should add.)

[Thanks to Philip Akin for passing along the Globe quote.]

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