Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Who's the Voice of America?

Michael Moore received a standing -- and sustained -- ovation following the screening of his latest documentary, Sicko, at the Cannes Film Festival Saturday.

(Via Instapundit)

This is pretty ordinary news, there's nothing unusual about a standing ovation at a film festival. But there is a lesson here in the ordinary: Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and now Sicko have done more to shape international opinions about America than our own official public diplomacy. Government PD is no match for Michael Moore and the many others who are spinning the narrative that will define America for the world. Michael Moore is not a government agency; he doesn't have to go to Congress for funding; he doesn't have to submit to oversight from Congress, the President, a board of governors etc; he doesn't have to battle against a long-standing institutional culture; he is not at the mercy of election cycles. He can keep pumping his message out year after year. And all the exchange programs and other outdated Cold War-era tools can't do anything about it. Michael Moore is the voice of America for millions around the world.

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