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The GOP: Gee, PO'd!

Republicans take aim at ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' -- Bill O'Reilly, Christopher Hitchens, and Jason Clarke sound off on the Moore doc

John Kerry, you can relax -- the Republicans have a new Public Enemy No. 1. While many Bush-bashers think ''Fahrenheit'' is the best thing since a certain 2003 Oscar speech, political critics are already offering their own Moore-mauling rhetoric.

''Here's the deal...any skilled filmmaker, and Moore is that, could fashion a movie making any American look like a pinhead. That's easy to do. Just get a bunch of video, some people who hate the guy, some factoids that may or may not be true, heat it up with sardonic rhetoric, and serve. Presto, 'Fahrenheit 9/11.''' BILL O'REILLY, host of Fox News' ''The O'Reilly Factor,'' from BillOReilly.com

'''Fahrenheit 9/11' is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of 'dissenting' bravery. At no point does Michael Moore...pass up the chance of a cheap sneer or a jeer.... If Moore had been listened to, Afghanistan would still be under Taliban rule, and Kuwait would have remained part of Iraq. And Iraq itself would still be the personal property of a psychopathic crime family, bargaining covertly with the slave state of North Korea for WMD.'' CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, Vanity Fair columnist and author, from Slate.com

''With 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' Moore has, without a doubt, created his most delusional piece of propaganda.... He manages to slander and degrade our troops serving overseas. He also goes to great lengths to feign support for our troops and their families when, in reality, he's using the liberation of Iraq as his own personal hit piece against the President.'' JASON CLARKE, coauthor of ''Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man'' and founder of Moorelies.com

Originally posted Jul 09, 2004 Published in issue #773 Jul 09, 2004 Order article reprints