Gore’s Convenient Untruth
Well, the expected has now become the actual, with An Inconvenient Truth winning the Oscar for best documentary last night. Some critics have pointed out that the film probably violates Rule 12 of the Academy’s standards, which requires that a documentary, even when using reenactments, be based on facts not fiction. John Berlau has criticized the use of animation to illustrate polar bears in danger, when the animation doesn’t seem to rest on facts. The problem here isn’t just that the film gets lots of complicated scientific facts wrong, as Marlo Lewis has documented , but seems to be that the producers knowing used and emphasized fictional devices to make the fiction look like fact.