Efforts from Michael Moore and other filmmakers who criticize Mr. Bush and laud his Democratic opponent Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts will reach the public beginning in June, culminating just as voters head toward the polls in November.
“These shrill films use smear tactics which may make some profit initially, but they also stand to alienate a good portion of the American family audience. They spread heat, but no light,” said Tom Snyder, editor of Movie Guide, a publication of the California-based Christian Film & Television Commission, which offers reviews based on traditional values.
“These are the people who also went after Mel Gibson and ‘The Passion,’ and their criticisms backfired. The film has become a blockbuster. Now Hollywood is targeting Christian Republicans this fall,” Mr. Snyder added.