"A bipartisan Senate report to be issued Friday that is highly critical of prewar intelligence on Iraq will sidestep the question of how the Bush administration used that information to make the case for war," reports the New York Times' Douglas Jehl. LINK
Variety's Gabriel Snyder Notes that in its second big distribution boost, "Fahrenheit 9/11" will start playing in an additional 286 theaters beginning tomorrow, bringing its total to 2,011.
Meanwhile Moveon.org released a new poll yesterday claiming that "nearly half of all presidential voters have seen or plan to see 'Fahrenheit 9/11.'" The poll's numbers, despite being strikingly high, present a little more nuanced picture.
The poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, suggests that only 6 percent of all likely voters have seen "Fahrenheit 9/11" but that 38 percent said they intend to. We were most certainly not math majors -- we took Stat 101 -- but if there are, say, 100 million likely voters in the country, and around 6 million of them have helped the movie gross $63.9 million, then an additional 32 million of them would mean "Fahrenheit" would rank somewhere between "Jurassic Park" and "The Return of the King" (You'd never guess what does rank between those two movies: LINK) which we seriously doubt. Which is not to say that the popularity of "Fahrenheit" is not impressive, but it ain't no "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
The poll also found, as expected, that the movie's audience is overwhelmingly Democratic -- 86 percent of movie-goers said they planned to vote for Kerry. But do Note that a full 26 percent of movie-goers said they were independents, assuming people don't lie (see above paragraph), and that means something. If you want, here's the release that has only a glance at poll's findings: LINK
We've always liked reading the Guardian's leads, and today it fails to disappoint with its wrap of "Fahrenheit's" popularity in France: "It's official: Fahrenheit 9/11 is the favourite film of the so-called 'cheese-eating surrender monkeys,' otherwise known as the French." LINK
And we hope you all notice this towel snap from First Lady Laura Bush in a media avail yesterday in Iowa according to the official transcript:
Q: "Mrs. Bush, have you seen the movie Fahrenheit 9/11?"
Laura Bush: "No, of course I haven't seen it."
Q: "Do you have any thoughts about how it's portraying your husband?"
Laura Bush: "Well, that it's propaganda."
Laura Bush was much more responsive than Sen. Kerry was yesterday. Cox News' Ken Herman reports that during the Cleveland rally, an audience member yelled "Michael Moore," to which Kerry replied, "I don't know." LINK
And kudos to Reliable Source Richard Leiby, who finds the saliva donator who helped Deputy Defense Secretary manage his coif for a live shot: Kevin Kellems, now communications director for Vice President Cheney. "Would that qualify me for hazardous duty pay?" Kellems asks Leiby. We think so. LINK
Last Thursday, Ralph Nader put three phone calls in to John Kerry, to discuss Democratic involvement in efforts to block Nader's ballot access, and other issues. Wednesday, at about 10 a.m. John Kerry returned them.
At a press conference last Friday, Nader explained why they needed to talk. "We have to get a clarification if they're going to engage in dirty tricks," Nader said referring to recent efforts to block Nader's ballot access in Arizona and Illinois on behalf of Democrats.