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Michael Moore types

I have known many Michael Moore types since I came home from Vietnam. Cowards portraying themselves as heroes (Moore was AWOL from the dangerous scenes filmed in Iraq), crying censorship when anyone criticizes their “dissent” (Moore threatens to sue anyone who challenges the veracity of his film ).

These people claim to be pro-soldier while undermining their mission and safety (Moore called the terrorists in Iraq the moral equivalent of the “minutemen”). Moore portrays himself as a defender of the common man. In Europe, however, he gets standing ovations by denigrating them in front of our bigoted allies.

The saddest thing about his film is his audiences. The Czech president said it was pure Communist propaganda. The distinguished French director Jean-Luc Godard said of Moore, “He can’t distinguish between text and image. He doesn’t know what he is doing,” making the Palme d’Or the artistic equivalent of an MTV award.



Then there’s the trashy sentimentalism, exploiting the mother who lost a child or the soldier who lost a limb. Finally, there is the fraudulent intellectualism, quoting Orwell. George Orwell said of people like Moore, “Their real motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism.”

Dennis McMurray




Nevada City


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