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A question posted on the Readers Digest Web site seeks readers’ opinions about “Fahrenheit 9/11,” a documentary about President Bush. The wording of the question, in my opinion, reveals a certain inherent prejudice. “Fahrenheit 9/11” may be a good piece of propaganda, but it is not a documentary.

A documentary presents the facts, without manipulation. Propaganda manipulates the facts, combining varying degrees of truth with fiction and misleading information, intending to lead us to reach erroneous conclusions. Inasmuch as it has been reported that the average reading comprehension level in this country is at about the eighth grade, it is easy to understand how “Fahrenheit 9/11” influenced some of its viewers to question the competence of our president.

Our society spends a lot of time looking for someone to blame for everything we object to in our lives. Hug your Teddy bear real tight, and blame George W. Bush for all the bad things in your life; it’ll make you feel better.



George Hicks

Grass Valley





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