For someone who wants to speak out on the issues of the day, there is something profoundly depressing (not to mention disturbing) about all the publicity Michael Moore is getting. This dishonest filmmaker has recently been featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America while some CNN reporter or movie critic seemed absolutely giddy that the propagandist had agreed to an on-camera interview with him. Meanwhile, my state senator (the woman formerly known as Zelda Gilroy), chair of the California Senate’s Health Committee, invited the rotund radical as the featured guest at a special legislative briefing.
Amazing that a man who twists the truth so often is accorded so much respect.
But, then again, the various media outlets can’t seem to find enough reporters to cover Paris Hilton.
The very premise of the film which catapulted this mean-spirited publicity hound to fame was premised on a lie. You see, that film documents his failed attempts to “secure an interview” with then-General Motors’ (GM) CEO Roger Smith to discuss the closure of a GM plant in Flint, Michigan. But, actually, that executive sit down and take questions from the obese propagandist.
And that wasn’t the only lie in Mr. Moore’s films. Kyle Smith (to whose New York Post column Powerline’s Paul Mirengoff alerted me) notes that the “central idea” of Moore’s Bowling for Columbine was “not only conceptually insane but literally untrue.” The deceptions in his movie on President Bush and 9/11 have been well documented.
For those of who want to speak out on politics, movies and whatever, it’s sad to see the success of someone who has based his entire career on distorting the facts, pulling quotes out of context and otherwise misrepresenting his adversaries. But, then again, what he does is little different from what many left-wing bloggers (and even some on the right) do every day. Indeed, we see it frequently in the comments section of this blog, coming from both sides, but more often from our critics than our supporters.
If the MSM were truly devoted to portraying things as they are, instead of heralding Michael Moore, they would treat him as they do right-wing propagandists. They would note his many deceptions and wonder at his success.
It’s a sad sign for our country that such a hateful and dishonest man has achieved such prominence. But, then again, his success gives his critics the opportunity to take issue with his lies and address the real issues at hand.
UPDATE: In a piece noting how the media are gushing over Mr. Moore’s new film, Amy Menefee of the Business & Media Institute writes:
Michael Moore is a documented liar who uses “omission, exaggeration and cinematic sleight of hand” to make his political points. But that doesn’t seem to matter to the media who cover his movies.
That pretty much sums it up.