Corrected entry: The movie lauds an anti-Bush riot that took place in Washington, D.C., on the day of Bush's inauguration. According to Moore, "No president had ever witnessed such a thing on his inauguration day. " According to CNN, Richard Nixon faced comparable protests in 1969 and 1973. According to USA Today, the anti-Bush organizers claimed that they expected 20,000 protesters to show up, whereas the anti-Nixon protest in 1973 drew 60,000 people. (USA Today, Jan. 20, 2001).
Corrected entry: Moore implies that the name of James Bath being blacked out from Bush National Guard records which were released by the White House is due to a conspiracy. It's not and the blackout might appear less sinister if Moore revealed that federal law (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, HIPAA) required the National Guard to black out the names any Guardsmen whose medical information was on the same pages as the records which the Guard released regarding George Bush's health records. In Bath's case, he had been suspended for failing to take an annual physical exam. So what Moore presents as a sinister effort to conceal the identity of James Bath was in fact the legally-required compliance with federal law. Moore gloats: "What Bush didn't know was that I already had a copy of his military records - uncensored - obtained in the year 2000." Moore creates the impression that he is an investigative sleuth. Actually, the records had been released in 2000. The privacy regulations for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) went into effect on April 14, 2003, and so did not apply when the National Guard records were released in 2000.
Corrected entry: Bush once served on the Board of Directors of the Harken Energy Company. According to Fahrenheit: Moore: "Yes, it helps to be the President's son. Especially when you're being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission." TV reporter: "In 1990 when Mr. Bush was a director of Harken Energy he received this memo from company lawyers warning directors not to sell stock if they had unfavorable information about the company. One week later he sold $848,000 worth of Harken stock. Two months later, Harken announced losses of more than $23 million dollars." Moore: "Bush beat the rap from the SEC" What Moore left out: Bush sold the stock long after he checked with those same "company lawyers" who had provided the cautionary memo, and they told him that the sale was legal. Almost all of the information that caused Harken's large quarterly loss developed only after Bush had sold the stock.
Corrected entry: Michael Moore interviews Craig Unger and asks: How much money do the Saudis have invested in America, roughly? Unger says, "I've heard figures inside of $860 billion dollars." Later, Moore says, "So I read where like the Saudis have a trillion dollars in our banks of their money." The Saudi Arabian embassy estimates its investment in the United States is $450 billion. An Arab News Editorial dated 22 August 2002 said, "It is reckoned that private Saudi investments abroad amount to $750 billion, of which investments in the US account for 60 percent or $450 billion. Of that, some 35 percent (around $160 billion) is in the US capital market —- equities and bonds. The rest, $290 billion, is mainly in property."John Pilge
Corrected entry: Moore points out the distressingly close relationship between Saudi Arabia's ambassador, Prince Bandar, and the Bush family. But Moore does not explain that Bandar has been a bipartisan Washington power broker for decades, and that former President Bill Clinton repeatedly relied on Bandar to advance Clinton's own Middle East agenda.
Corrected entry: Fahrenheit asserts that Saddam's Iraq was a nation that "had never attacked the United States. A nation that had never threatened to attack the United States. A nation that had never murdered a single American citizen." The government of Iraq under Saddam permitted a terrorist named Abu Nidal who is certainly responsible for killing an American named Leon Klinghoffer to have Iraq as a safe haven; if Saddam Hussein funded suicide bombers in Israel, including one who did kill 5 Americans in one attack in 2003; if the Iraqi policenow this is not a murder but it's a plan to murderto assassinate President Bush Sr. which at the time merited airstrikes from President Clinton once that plot was discovered; doesn't that invalidate the claim that the Iraqi government of Saddam never murdered an American or never had a hand in murdering an American
Corrected entry: Moore mocks Attorney General John Ashcroft by pointing out that Ashcroft once lost a Senate race in Missouri to a man who had died three weeks earlier. "Voters preferred the dead guy." When voters in Missouri cast their ballots for the dead man, Mel Carnahan, they knew they were really voting for Carnahan's widow, Jean. The Democratic governor of Missouri had vowed to appoint Carnahan's widow to the job if he won.
Corrected entry: Moore states in the film, "In his first eight months in office before September 11th, George W. Bush was on vacation, according to the Washington Post, forty-two percent of the time." Shortly before 9/11, the Post calculated that Bush had spent 42 percent of his presidency at vacation spots or en route, including all or part of 54 days at his ranch. That calculation, however, includes weekends, which Moore failed to mention. Many of those days are weekends, and the Camp David stays have included working visits with foreign leaders. Since the Eisenhower administration, Presidents have usually spent many weekends at Camp David, which is fully equipped for Presidential work. Once the Camp David time is excluded, Bush's "vacation" time drops to 13 percent.
Corrected entry: Michael Moore shows a clip of CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin saying that if ballots had been recounted in Florida after the 2000 presidential vote, "under every scenario Gore won the election." What Moore doesn't show is that a six-month study in 2001 by news organizations including The New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN found just the opposite. Even if the Supreme Court had not stopped a statewide recount, or if a more limited recount of four heavily Democratic counties had taken place, Bush still would have won Florida and the election.
Corrected entry: Moore says, "The plan to have Bush get out of the limo for the traditional walk to the White House was scrapped." But according to the BBC, "Mr. Bush delighted his supporters by getting out of his limousine and walked the last block of the parade, holding hands with his wife Laura."
Corrected entry: Moore shows himself filming the movie near the Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C.: Moore: "Even though we were nowhere near the White House, for some reason the Secret Service had shown up to ask us what we were doing standing across the street from the Saudi embassy." Officer: "That's fine. Just wanted to get some information on what was going on." Moore on camera: "Yeah yeah yeah, I didn't realize the Secret Service guards foreign embassies." Officer: "Uh, not usually, no sir." But in fact, any tourist to Washington, DC, will see plenty of Secret Service agents guarding all of the other foreign embassies which request such protection. Other than guarding the White House and some federal buildings, it's the largest use of personnel by the Secret Service's Uniformed Division. According to the Secret Service website: Uniformed Division officers provide protection for the White House Complex, the Vice-President's residence, the Main Treasury Building and Annex, and foreign diplomatic missions and embassies in the Washington, DC area. So there is nothing strange about the Secret Service protecting the Saudi embassy in Washington, especially since al Qaeda attacks have taken place against Saudi Arabia. According to Article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, an international agreement which has been ratified by the United States, every host country (including the United States) is obliged to protect every embassy within its borders.
Corrected entry: Fahrenheit mocks President Bush for continuing to read the book "My Pet Goat" to a classroom of elementary school children after he was told about the September 11 attacks. Actually, as reported in the magazine "The New Yorker," the book was "Reading Mastery 2," which contains an exercise called "The Pet Goat."
Corrected entry: In one 2000 election scene the movie states that Fox news declared a winner in Florida before any other network and that Bush had won. Actually Fox declared last and said that Gore had won Florida.
Corrected entry: The movie mentions the "coalition of the willing" as being a few insignificant nations like Iceland with no military. However, as of The transfer of sovereignty in Iraq on June 28, 2004, a total of 32 countries had 25,000 troops in Iraq along with another 135,000 from the U.S. Great Britain, Poland, and Italy each had thousands of troops in Iraq as of the transfer.
Corrected entry: Moore states that "out of the 535 members of Congress, only one had an enlisted son in Iraq." The action of the segment consists of Moore accosting Congressmen to try to convince them to have their children enlist in the military. At the end, Moore declares, "Not a single member of Congress wanted to sacrifice their child for the war in Iraq." But the fact is, Moore's opening ("only one") and his conclusion ("not a single member") are both incorrect. Sergeant Brooks Johnson, the son of South Dakota Democratic Senator Tim Johnson, serves in the 101st Airborne Division and fought in Iraq in 2003. The son of California Republican Representative Duncan Hunter quit his job after September 11, and enlisted in the Marines; his artillery unit was deployed in the heart of insurgent territory in February 2004. Delaware Senator Joseph Biden's son Beau is on active duty; although Beau Biden has no control over where he is deployed, he has not been sent to Iraq, and therefore does not "count" for Moore's purposes. Seven members of Congress have been confirmed to have children in the military.
Corrected entry: There were two competing plans to access untapped oil supplies. These two plans were: 1) The Unocal Plan-to run pipelines to Afganistan 2) The Enron Plan-to run pipelines under the Caspian Sea. The Unocal Plan would have provided funding to the Taliban. Former President Clinton supported this plan. Unocal eventually shelved its plan. Later, after the 2000 presidential election and the September 11th terrorist attacks, the new Afghan government signed a deal to permit the pipeline). However, originally President George Bush backed the Enron Plan. It appears Michael Moore may have confused his pipelines.
Corrected entry: In the movie, Moore states that on September 12th, 2001, the day after the September 11th attacks, that the U.S. government "secretly" flew the Bin Laden family out of the U.S. when the all flights were grounded. However, this is not true. The Bin Laden family was flown out of the U.S. for their own safety on September 15th, 2001, all all domestic flights were allowed to resume normal operations. Also, Moore states that the Bush family has close ties with the Bin Laden family. But what he does not mention is that the Bin Laden family had severed ties with Osama Bin Laden many, many years ago and has written him off due to his radical and terroristic behavior and ideas.
Factual error: A headline from the Pantagraph (an Illinois newspaper) dated 19 December 2001, is shown in big letters to read, "Latest Florida recount shows Gore won election." In fact, no edition of the Pentagraph has ever featured an article that claimed this. The only time those words appeared in that newspaper was in small print over a letter to the editor dated 5 December 2001.