Monday, June 14, 2004
David Neiwert of Orcinus has posted a characteristically insightful piece on right-wing intimidation campaigns, including the current effort targeting Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11:
There has recently appeared a Web site calling itself "Move America Forward" -- which in turn is being promoted by the right-wing Web site NewsMax -- that is dedicated to shutting down showings of Fahrenheit 9/11, at least in part by urging the public to contact theater owners directly. The result, according to What Really Happened, is that some of these owners "are reporting receiving death threats."If you do drop by What Really Happened, take a moment to download the QuickTime video from the morning of 9/11, in which the President reacts boldly to the news of the second WTC crash by hanging around to read Pet Goat with a roomful of second-graders -- footage which now serves as a tantalizing preview of Fahrenheit 9/11, having already served as an extremely depressing preview of the years 2002-04.
WRH also reports that it ran a DNS check on the "Move America Forward" site and found that it is owned by the San Francisco public-relations firm of Russo Marsh & Rogers. Sal Russo, one of the firm's principals, has extensive GOP ties, including service as an adviser for the "Recall Grey Davis" campaign. (Kurt Nimmo has been tracking these developments as well.)
None of this will ever be directly connected to George W. Bush, of course. There's no need. There are too many people out there willing to do whatever it takes to keep him in office. Whatever it takes.